PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with High On Fire's guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike. In this segment, Pike walks us through his current live rig that includes a First Act Custom Shop 9-string guitar, a Marshall JCM800 Kerry King head and a Soldano SLO100 head running through 3 4x12 Emperor Cabs. For effects, Pike only relies on one pedal--a MXR Carbon Copy delay.



PG's Jordan Wagner begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with High On Fire's guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike. In this segment, Pike walks us through his current live rig that includes a First Act Custom Shop 9-string guitar, a Marshall JCM800 Kerry King head and a Soldano SLO100 head running through 3 4x12 Emperor Cabs. For effects, Pike only relies on one pedal--a MXR Carbon Copy delay.

The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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Jazz virtuoso Lionel Loueke joins us in contemplating who we’d put at the helm while making the album of a lifetime. Plus, musical obsessions!

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