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The guitarist of Mike McCready’s favorite new band uses a straightforward setup that proves a swaggering, punk attitude and greasy rock ’n’ roll isn't just a man’s game.

After talking about federal court battles and copyright protection, PG’s Chris Kies turns the conversation with Thunderpussy’s sole guitarist Whitney “Shreddy” Petty back to gear where she explains how Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready gifted her a Custom Shop Les Paul in the men’s room of the Showbox in Seattle. The interview at Nashville’s High Watt then details how Whitney turned McCready onto a new amp company, and lastly, she puts on her’59 Les Paul reissue to show the increasing levels of filth on her pedalboard and how she cascades them into prime grime.

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Emily Wolfe lets loose, with an Epiphone Sheraton around her shoulders. Her signature Sheraton Stealth was released in 2021. "The guitar is the perfect frequency range for my soul," she says.

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The rising guitar star blends classic and stoner rock, Motown, and more influences with modern pop flourishes in songs replete with fat, fuzzy, fizzy tones from her new Epiphone Sheraton signature.

For so many artists, the return of live shows means the return of the thrill of performing, much-needed income, and, in a way, purpose. The third definitely goes for guitarist Emily Wolfe, who, when asked about her goals, immediately responds, "I just want to play arenas every night for the rest of my life. When I go up there, something could hit me at any point—an emotion that I felt 10 years ago could come out in a bend on the low E."

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Why I Built This: Cowbrand Design’s Michael King

Cowbrand Design’s Michael King on how retro space-age aesthetics, motorcycle maintenance, and Chicago-built blues guitars inform his unique takes on the 6-string.

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