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Top 10 Rig Rundowns of 2017

You watched, we listened! Here are the most popular episodes of the year.

11. Warpaint

PG’s John Bohlinger caught Warpaint's Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman during a seemingly never-ending tour. The childhood pals walked us through their funky, vintage, and sometimes homemade gear before their gig at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley.



10. Eric Gales

Eric Gales, busy promoting his new album, Middle of The Road, took a break to hang with PG’s John Bohlinger at City Winery in Nashville. Gales, a master of melody, nuance, and flash, showed us his simple setup he uses both live and in the studio.



9. Frank Gambale

We caught up with Frank Gambale while he was on tour with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band in Nashville to talk about how to conjure up a ton of tones with only a few ingredients. 



8. Eric Johnson

PG’s John Bohlinger hangs with Eric Johnson at Nashville’s City Winery to see how the master of tone and technique handles an acoustic tour.



7. Doyle Bramhall II

At age 18, Doyle Bramhall II was recruited by the Fabulous Thunderbirds to hold down the guitar slot. Since that early break he has stuck out as a solo artist, toured with Roger Waters, and spent over a decade collaborating with Eric Clapton. PG caught up with Bramhall II at Nashville’s City Winery while he was touring to promote his new solo album, Rich Man.



6. Bon Jovi

PG’s Chris Kies spent some quality time with John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald before their sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The trio prove they travel heavy with plenty of instruments, detail their signal chains, and Phil X even challenges Kies to an arm-wrestling match.



5. Tedeschi Trucks Band

PG’s John Bohlinger caught up Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Tim Lefebvre of the Tedeschi Trucks Band before their 3-show residency at the Ryman in Nashville. While this might not be a gear-heavy band, there’s plenty of soul, groove, and vibe.



4. A Perfect Circle

Before APC’s gig at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, bassist Matt McJunkins (above right) and guitarists James Iha and Billy Howerdel spend some time with PG’s Chris Kies cataloging the guitars, basses, amps, and digital gear they require to pull off material from all three of their studio albums and beyond.



3. Mr. Big

The mind-blowing, face-melting, sultans of shred, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, met with PG during a recent Nashville date to talk tone.



2. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Before the Peppers’ gig at Memphis’ FedEx Forum, techs Ian Sheppard (above left) and Tracy Robar spend some time with PG’s Chris Kies cataloging the guitars, basses, amps, and piles of pedals they babysit to help the band craft their brand of California funk-rock.



1. Guns N' Roses

The gear of Slash, Duff McKagan, and Richard Fortus finally revealed.



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A Gibson Explorer (left) and a Dean Z model.

In a legal battle over guitar body designs between Gibson and Dean, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the 5th circuit has ruled that Dean has the right to appeal an earlier decision by a Texas court, ordering Dean to stop selling guitars that Gibson says infringed on its iconic body shapes.

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