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Lindsey Buckingham's new album, which bears his name, is a perfect reflection of him as an artist: contemplative and complex, but also direct in its lyric poetry and melodic heart, and full of fire.

The fingerstyle rock icon talks about the power of layering clean-toned guitars, direct recording, crafting arrangements, and the lessons of survival—all part of his first new solo album in a decade.

Lindsey Buckingham's career has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. On one hand, it's full of classic albums, multiple Grammy awards, and his membership in one of the most legendary rock bands ever—and, thus, in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—as well as a successful solo career spanning four decades. Yet it's his breakups, firings, and Fleetwood Mac's inter-band turmoil that people often focus on. And, as you'll soon read, the drama continues.

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Deep functionality yields seemingly infinite phase colors.

Almost infinite phase-shaping power. Impressive build quality.

Controls can feel too sensitive and interactive at times. Steep learning curve.

$319

Thorpy Pulse Doppler
thorpyfx.com

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One of the most satisfying developments of the boutique pedal age is the quality and attention to detail we see from the best small builders. Another benefit is the leeway for small-batch builders to play mad scientist and build for tastes and creative tendencies that fall outside the mainstream.

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Gibson Generation Collection - PG Gear Spotlight

Learn how the company dug up a design from 1964 and modernized it for its new line of affordable, American-made acoustics.

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Rig Rundown: Descendents' Stephen Egerton

One guitar (with no knobs), one amp, and one pedal is all this punk-rock papa needs to command the stage.

It's pretty astonishing that a sophomoric band of misfits and outcasts have chiseled a 40-plus-year legacy of punk rock, but that's what the improbable Descendents have been doing since 1977. Their brand of snotty, snarling, snarky, succinct songs have endeared them to rock titans like Dave Grohl.

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The legendary Texas Blues slinger professes his love for the blues, the Stratocaster, flatwound strings, Nile Rodgers, and the "wild guys."

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With its cascading Marshall-meets-Boogie tones, this Danish dirt box is a simple, oft-transformative delight.

Powerful variety of responsive high-gain tones. Makes small amps sound huge!

Decay can sound unusual at low-gain settings. Could benefit from a more powerful EQ.

$159

LunaStone Deep Metal
lunastonepedals.com

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With its oversized, comfortingly luminescent red lamp, dark finish, and diagonal control array, the latest from Danish stomp outfit LunaStone—the Deep Metal—is simple and handsomely evocative of WWII-era military electronics. And like said devices, its aesthetics belie the mayhem it unleashes. Innards consist of two PCBs that nearly run the length of the enclosure and face inward, thus concealing a view of the analog circuit's primary tone generators—a combination of clipping diodes and an op-amp driven by JFETs and BJTs (bipolar junction transistors). Designer Steen Grøntved says the goal of the Deep Metal was "an old-school heavy metal 'square sound.'" LunaStone certainly succeeded.

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