brent mason

The 4-day event will feature clinics and performances hosted by guitar stars Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Trapp, Brent Mason, Mark Lettieri, Greg Koch, and more.

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PG gets personal with Larry Carlton's famous ES-335, Brendan Benson's closet full of stomps and amps, Russian Circles' Custom Shop First Act axes, Brent Mason's Valley Arts T-style, and Vai's unreal guitar collection.

Sure, most of the magic conjured by the world’s best players is in their hands, but obviously their gear is a huge deal, too—because they’re still pretty particular about what they play. So take a break from honing your own chops for a bit, and check out what your heroes use to conjure their amazing tones. Who knows, maybe it’ll help you rethink how you approach your music and give you some ideas for how to improve your own rig. Or just sit there and lust after all the cool stuff. Either way works.

5. Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson took a break from recording and touring with The Raconteurs and his solo project to show Premier Guitar around his studio in the heart of Nashville’s music row. Although Brendan’s live rig is about as simple as it gets, (Vox AC30HW2, Guild M-75 Aristocrat, and a Spontaneous Audio Devices Son of Kong pedal) in the studio he employs a bevy of oddball pedals, guitars, and amps.

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Tasty stomp stations from top players.

Third Eye Blind’s Kryz Reid

Dave Phillips at L.A. Sound Design built both Reid’s “A” and “B” effects rigs. Phillips wires everything with Mogami 2524 cable, except for the Divine Noise 50/50 (half curly, half straight) cable that connects Reid’s guitar to the pedalboard. The A rig consists of a RJM Effect Gizmo, a programmable true-bypass loop switcher run by an RJM Mastermind GT MIDI foot controller. The Effect Gizmo sits next to all the effects in a rack unit alongside his amps and cabs. The Mastermind GT lives in Reid’s pedalboard with a custom A/B Box interface for the rack, two custom-made Mission Engineering expression pedals, an Ernie Ball 25k Ohm Volume Pedal, a Boss TU-2 tuner, and a TC Electronics Ditto Looper. Reid’s guitar runs into a custom Phillips A/B box. The A signal goes to the rack and the B signal runs to his redundant pedalboard and amps. The signal then feeds a Jim Dunlop Rack Wah controlled by a custom Mission Engineering expression pedal.

We rummaged through our entire backlog of Rig Rundown footage and photos to compile a guide to some of 2014’s tastiest, most elaborate stomp stations, including boards from the Cult’s Billy Duffy, Keith Urban, the Pixies, the Sword, Carlos Santana, Brent Mason, and more.

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