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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.

Curley’s main live bass is a 1979 Rickenbacker 4001. He has played Ricks off and on since the Whigs began touring in the late 1980s. The bright, aggressive tone cuts through the heavy guitars while still providing plenty of tight low end. Curley’s backup on tour is a 1978 Fender Jazz, which is his first choice in the studio.

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