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Rig Rundown: The Afghan Whigs

The alt-rock pioneers show us the killer screen-printed Mesa/Boogies and piles of pedals they use to dish out both ethereal and rough-and-tumble tones.

Skibic changes pedals depending on room. Typically, his signal runs from his guitar to a Red Sun FX White Fuzz, then an Origin Effects SlideRIG compact deluxe, a CAE MC404 Wah, a Robert Keeley Super Phat Mod overdrive, a Lehle D. Loop SGOS with Electo-Harmonix Superego and Empress Tremolo 2 in the loop, a Lehle Mono Volume pedal, (Lehle’s tuner out to MXR Talk Box into TC Electronics PolyTune. The Lehle’s output hits a Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork with EHX Dual Expression pedal, a Robert Keeley Dyno My Roto, a T-Rex Mollar overdrive, a Red Panda Particle, a Hudson Electonics UK Sidecar overdrive, a Mr. Black Gold Eterna, an Alexander Pedals SkyFi, and an Electo-Harmonix Canyon with MXR Tap. All is powered by two Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 units and everything lives on two Pedaltrain boards. The last of his effects, Skibic uses an EBow on some songs, and a Lehle mono volume tuner out to MXR TalkBox into TC Polytune2.

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John Mayall in the late ’80s, in a promo shot for his Island Records years. During his carreer, he also recorded for the Decca (with the early Bluesbreakers lineups), Polydor, ABC, DJM, Silvertone, Eagle, and Forty Below labels.

He was dubbed “the father of British blues,” but Mayall’s influence was worldwide, and he nurtured some of the finest guitarists in the genre, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya, and Walter Trout. Mayall died at his California home on Monday, at age 90.

John Mayall’s career spanned nearly 70 years, but it only took his first four albums to cement his legendary status. With his initial releases with his band the Bluesbreakers—1966’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton; ’67’s A Hard Road, with Peter Green on guitar; plus the same year’s Crusade, which showcased Mick Taylor—and his solo debut The Blues Alone, also from 1967, Mayall introduced an international audience of young white fans to the decidedly Black and decidedly American genre called blues. In the subsequent decades, he maintained an active touring and recording schedule until March 26, 2022, when he played his last gig at age 87. It was reported that he died peacefully, on Monday, in his California home, at 90.

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Featuring enhanced amp models, a built-in creative looper, AI-powered tone exploration, and smart jam features.

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Donner andThird Man Hardware’s $99, three-in-one analog distortion, phaser, and delay honors Jack White’s budget gear roots.

Compact. Light. Fun. Dirt cheap. Many cool sounds that make this pedal a viable option for traveling pros.

Phaser level control not much use below 1 o’clock. Repeats are bright for an analog delay. Greater range of low-gain sounds would be nice.


Donner X Third Man Triple Threat


A huge part of the early White Stripes mystique, sound, ethos, and identity was tied to guitars and amps that, at the time, you could luck into for cheap at a garage sale. These days, it’s harder to score a Crestwood Astral II, or Silvertone Twin Twelve with a part-time job in the ice cream shop. Back in the late ’90s, though, they were a source of raw, nasty sounds for less than a new, more generic guitar or amp.

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