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Staff Picks: My First Amp

Staff Picks: My First Amp

July 20, 2018
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joins us to discuss our very first amps, and where they are now.
Emil Werstler: “Devil in the Room” Song Premiere and Interview

Emil Werstler: “Devil in the Room” Song Premiere and Interview

July 19, 2018
A heavy metal virtuoso steps away from the genre for a solo debut packed with beats, samples, quick-cut style shifts, and—of course—plenty of scalding guitar.
Rig Rundown: U2's The Edge

Rig Rundown: U2's The Edge

July 18, 2018
Strats, Explorers, Les Pauls, AC30s, and a healthy amount of delay help form some of the most iconic tones ever recorded. Famed tech Dallas Schoo walks us through the ins and outs of The Edge’s expansive setup.
Listen to the August 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

Listen to the August 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

July 18, 2018
This month's tunes feature former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray from legendary punk band the Damned, and Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Almeida from Tal National.
My First Guitar

My First Guitar

July 17, 2018
A dozen pro prayers share the story behind the first 6-string they ever had. Read about Al Di Meola’s Christmas Guild, Paul Gilbert’s Stella, the Steve Vai-signed Ibanez RG that Nita Strauss once coveted and now owns, and more.
Rig Rundown: Zao

Rig Rundown: Zao

July 11, 2018
Even on borrowed gear, the metalcore pioneers are able to bring the thunder with a handful of ESP guitars, some Mesa/Boogie firepower, and a stash of gnarly fuzz pedals.
Here Lies Man’s Marcos Garcia: Afro-Metal Riffmaster

Here Lies Man’s Marcos Garcia: Afro-Metal Riffmaster

July 5, 2018
Inspired by the hypnotic sound of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and the grinding fuzz of Black Sabbath, the Antibalas guitarist pares his fretwork to the bone.
Brent Mason Live at Summer NAMM 2018

Brent Mason Live at Summer NAMM 2018

July 4, 2018
One of the most influential country pickers of all time sits down to discuss his new-found teaching career, his unique picking style, and his forthcoming—hopefully—solo album.
Joey Landreth Live from Summer NAMM 2018

Joey Landreth Live from Summer NAMM 2018

July 4, 2018
Hear one of roots rock's rising stars dish on super-heavy strings, his approach to slide, and playing in open tunings.
Stephen Malkmus: The Unknowing Guitarist

Stephen Malkmus: The Unknowing Guitarist

July 3, 2018
The ex-Pavement frontman preserves the element of surprise in the solos and sounds he explores with his band, the Jicks, on their new album, Sparkle Hard.
Clairvoyant Chemistry: The Damned’s Captain Sensible and Paul Gray

Clairvoyant Chemistry: The Damned’s Captain Sensible and Paul Gray

June 26, 2018
The punk-rock godfathers restart their guitar and bass partnership on the Damned’s first new album in a decade, Evil Spirits. And producer Tony Visconti takes their tones to the max.
Glassjaw’s Justin Beck: Double Agent

Glassjaw’s Justin Beck: Double Agent

June 22, 2018
The post-hardcore band’s cofounder plays guitar and bass on Material Control, Glassjaw’s first album in 15 years, and pushes his heavy 4-string sound to the fore.
Joey Landreth: "Forgiveness" Song Premiere

Joey Landreth: "Forgiveness" Song Premiere

June 21, 2018
Hear the latest solo track from one of slide guitar’s brightest new stars.
Rig Rundown: Guided by Voices

Rig Rundown: Guided by Voices

June 20, 2018
Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, and Bobby Bare Jr. reveal how a few quirky vintage axes, some classic amps, and a few utilitarian pedals get the job done night after night.
Listen to the July 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

Listen to the July 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

June 20, 2018
This month's tracks include tunes from Meshell Ndegeocello, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Anthrax, Jane's Addiction, and more!
Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

June 14, 2018
The Tuareg guitarist braves electric shocks, faulty gear, sandstorms, and bootleggers to make groove-propelled music that crosses cultural and international boundaries.
Rig Rundown: Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

Rig Rundown: Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

June 13, 2018
Go inside one of the hottest pop tours of 2018 and dig deep into the gear that Mike Scott, Elliott Ives, and JT himself take on the road.
Rig Rundown: Red Fang

Rig Rundown: Red Fang

June 6, 2018
Witness how 5-string Krautsters, solid-state Sunn heads, and pitch shifters provide the stoner-metal band’s foundation for brute-force tones.
Feeling the Vertigo, Feeding the Vibe: Underøath’s Timothy McTague and James Smith

Feeling the Vertigo, Feeding the Vibe: Underøath’s Timothy McTague and James Smith

May 31, 2018
Swearing off solos and flash, the guitarists focus on songcraft, soundscapes, and soul, and strip down with digital modeling for Erase Me, their band’s first studio album in eight years.
Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

May 30, 2018
Guitarists Josh Rand and Christian Martucci, as well as bassist Johny Chow, provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.