Top 10 Rig Rundowns of 2017
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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.