Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.

Before Manchester Orchestra’s headlining Sunday night show at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium, PG’s Chris Kies swooped in to hang with guitarist Robert McDowell who showed off his meat-and-potatoes setup (and guitarist/vocalist Andy Hull’s gear), while bassist Andy Prince (above) explained his move towards an all-tube amp sound that pushed him away from low-end-sucking pedals.

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Meanwhile, coguitarist Dave Grahs—the band’s resident punk rocker—reveals a surprisingly roots-y side.

See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

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Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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