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With a new Ibanez signature model and an ultraportable plug-and-play rig, the rock heroine travels light to create the heavy tones on her new solo debut, Controlled Chaos.

Her backup is this lean, green machine: an Ibanez S6570Q Prestige. Its pickups are different from the JIVA10—all still DiMarzio, but with a Tone Zone humbucker in the bridge, a True Velvet in the middle, and an Air Norton in the neck slot. Strauss’ guitars wear D’Addario NYXL .010–.046 strings, and she plays with Grover Allman .60-gauge picks.

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