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Ten of the most intriguing stomp stations from our last year of Rig Rundowns, including Warpaint, Mr. Big, J Mascis, the Fall of Troy, Eric Gales, Silversun Pickups' Nikki Monninger, and Primus' Larry LaLonde.

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Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis sported a hefty board way back in our 2012 Rig Rundown shoot, and in our more recent visit with him we found that he continues to rely on a bevy of pedals controlled by a Bob Bradshaw-built Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) switcher. Standout stomps include a combo pedal (bottom right corner-in a new enclosure since our 2012 video) made by Built to Spill's Jim Roth. One side is a clone of a ToneBender MkI, and the other apes a Rangemaster. Mascis also brought along his first Electro-Harmonix "Ram's Head" Big Muff (top right), an EHX Electric Mistress, an MC-FX clone of a Univox Super-Fuzz, a CAE Twin Tremolo (upper left), and a ZVEX Double Rock (two Box of Rocks in one, bottom left). Other differences between our latest and the previous Rig Rundown include a newer Tube Works Real Tube Overdrive, a Moog MF Delay, an Ibanez Analog Delay Mini, and a Boss TU-3S Tuner. An MXR/CAE MC403 Power System and an MXR M238 Iso-Brick supply the juice.

The L.A. rockers explain how they weave and manipulate their boundless tones with some classic Gibson ’birds and a mix of tube power and digital modeling. Plus, we find out guitarist Brian Aubert’s secret weapon.

Guitarist Brian Aubert and bassist Nikki Monninger (above left) talk shop with PG’s Chris Kies before their opening set for Third Eye Blind at Nashville’s Ascend Amiptheater.

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