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Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

November 24, 2020
The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series

First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series

November 23, 2020
Three mighty miniature amps that crank out three flavors of crunch and up to 50 watts of clobber.
Rig Rundown: Strike Anywhere

Rig Rundown: Strike Anywhere

November 18, 2020
Matt Smith’s setup might appear frail, but his disheveled ’82 SG and a half-powered JCM 800 ignites a powder keg of melodic hardcore.
Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

November 17, 2020
The Aussie looping marvel celebrates the Continuum hit that sparked a switch from Teles to Strats.
Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

November 16, 2020
SoCal in the ’60s was a hotbed of guitar building, but it wasn’t just the big guys equipping aspiring rock stars.
First Look: Taylor GT Urban Ash Grand Theater

First Look: Taylor GT Urban Ash Grand Theater

November 16, 2020
Reclaimed urban ash, compact dimensions, and a slinky-feeling 24 1/8" scale add up to an evolutionary Taylor with a big voice.
First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

November 12, 2020
A wailing wah classic with three killer voices and a footprint built for modern pedalboards.
Rig Rundown: Spirit Adrift

Rig Rundown: Spirit Adrift

November 11, 2020
Nate Garrett's mystical brand of metal mixes morose modulation with nods to EVH and James Hetfield.
Hooked: Nels Cline on the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down"

Hooked: Nels Cline on the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down"

November 10, 2020
The Wilco wizard gets nostalgic adopting the personas of British Invasion faves, including Jeff Beck's gooey drone in G.
First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

November 9, 2020
Sweet with the resonance and abundant overtones of true hollowbody construction, this light and powerful PRS enables unique blends of electric and acoustic tones.
Rig Rundown: Djunah

Rig Rundown: Djunah

November 4, 2020
Tap-dancing, noise-rocking Donna Diane conjures lightning and thunder by layering her Kurt Ballou-designed Craftsman guitar over a Moog Minitaur bass synth.
Hooked: Stephen Brodsky on Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown"

Hooked: Stephen Brodsky on Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown"

November 3, 2020
The Mutoid Man maestro and Two Minutes to Late Night staple notes "the glue" he needed to stick with guitar lessons and traces how the mighty Zep steered the evolution of his bands.
First Look: Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper

First Look: Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper

November 2, 2020
Twenty-four minutes of looping, reverse and octave effects, and storage for up to 20 loops make the 1440 a compact powerhouse for performance and composition.
Rig Rundown: Charlie Parra Del Riego

Rig Rundown: Charlie Parra Del Riego

October 28, 2020
Capcom and Kramer both wanted a piece of this South American shredder and mash-up master. Travel below the equator to see his studio setup.
Hooked: Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

Hooked: Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

October 27, 2020
The Southern-rock frontman honors the Texas boogie legends for their 50+ years of "fantastic tone and tasteful playing."
First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The Premier Guitar Review

October 22, 2020
An extroverted hollowbody that deftly spans styles—and the ages.
Rig Rundown: Angie Swan

Rig Rundown: Angie Swan

October 21, 2020
David Byrne’s 6-string counterpart discusses the tonal, aesthetic, and production particulars influencing her gear for Byrne's HBO and American Utopia Broadway shows.
Hooked: Joe Bonamassa on Jeff Beck's "Let Me Love You"

Hooked: Joe Bonamassa on Jeff Beck's "Let Me Love You"

October 20, 2020
The slinky intro riff was all it took for the burst-loving rocker to chase a lifetime of British blues.
Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Blues-Rock Pedalboards

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Blues-Rock Pedalboards

October 19, 2020
See how Doyle Bramhall II maximizes his stompbox real estate, firebrand Eric Gales adds bling to his setup, Jonny Lang upgrades to “spaceship” lighting, while Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Samantha Fish can’t let go of irreplaceable favorites.