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Can’t Blame the Tools If You Don’t Have Any homepage

Five Guitar-Tool Sets You Should Check Out

June 15, 2020
Whether for maintenance, repair, or setups, you're bound to get stuck between a rock and a hard place without the proper implements on hand.
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Rig Rundown: Eric Krasno

June 3, 2020
The co-founding guitarist for Soulive and Lettuce, Grammy-winning bandmate in Tedeschi Trucks, and producer for Norah Jones and 50 Cent welcomes PG into his new California home studio for a tour of his tone treats.
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Rig Rundown: Emily Wolfe

May 27, 2020
How “Hot for Teacher,” a homemade mic, and a B.B. King-inspired signature axe factor into a repertoire that mixes Queens of the Stone Age sizzle with modern pop hooks.
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Rig Rundown: Cory Branan

May 6, 2020
The Memphis honky-tonkin’, Tele-twangin’ songster reveals his beefed-up guitarsenal with 6-string stalwarts, a custom 3rd Power combo, and a stockpile of stomps.
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Rig Rundown: Ally Venable

April 1, 2020
This up-and-coming Texas-blues rocker walks through how she gets her huge tones.
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Kvelertak: “Don’t Underestimate the Bongo”

March 26, 2020
The triple-guitar-stoked Norwegian metalists forge Splid, inspired by a vibe-changing new vocalist, a more melodic approach, and monster sounds from the vault of heavy-duty gear—plus bongos—owned by producer/Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.
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Rig Rundown: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

March 18, 2020
One of guitar’s most promising young firebrands breaks down his signature D’Angelico, explains why he prefers Boogies, and then demos some vintage stompboxes.
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Rig Rundown: Opeth

March 11, 2020
The Swedish prog-metal sorcerers dish on their longstanding PRS ties and uncover why they traded traditional tube amps for swappable high-gain Synergy modules.
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Your Pedalboards 2020: Part Deux

February 14, 2020
We received so many submissions from readers, we had to do a round two. PG's axe-wielding disciples show us their personal pedal masterpieces.
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Rig Rundown: Duane Denison

February 5, 2020
The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk riffer reveals how working as a setup tech for Gibson informed the design of his signature aluminum axes from Electrical Guitar Company.
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NAMM 2020 Day 1 Gallery

January 16, 2020
The first day was full of new gear from Two Notes, Revv, Gibson, Jackson Audio, and the biggest Metal Zone you've ever seen.
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MXR Pork and Pickle and Thump

Way Huge Pork & Pickle Smalls and MXR Thump Demos | NAMM 2020

January 16, 2020
A smaller version of a classic bass overdrive and a mini preamp that offers a wealth of tonal options.
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MXR Octavio and Crybaby Q Zone Demos | NAMM 2020

January 16, 2020
Listen to the company's wickedly gnarly octave/fuzz and a supremely tweakable cocked-wah effect.
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Korn’s Head and Munky on Coping with Tragedy Through 7-Strings

January 2, 2020
It’s been 25 years since the downtuned guitar duo helped pioneer a sonic path that changed metal. Here they reveal how dealing with the loss of heroes and friends informed their 13th studio album, The Nothing.
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Steve Wariner

Rig Rundown: Steve Wariner

December 18, 2019
Designated a "certified guitar picker" by former boss Chet Atkins, the multiple Grammy-winning session ace and songwriter for country legends shows off his favorite gear.
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Tools for the Task: Say Wah?

November 15, 2019
Rhythm or lead, are you properly getting your wah on?
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Rig Rundown: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit [2019]

November 6, 2019
Bursts, Benders, and Js, oh my! A pioneer of the new Nashville sound spends a whopping 90 minutes showing off the gear his crew has amassed since our last get-together.
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Rig Rundown: Torche's Steve Brooks & Jonathan Nuñez

October 9, 2019
When these metalheads couldn’t lasso the tones in their craniums, Nuñez took the DIY route and launched his own company to create gear for their boards and backline.
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How Mikael Åkerfeldt Made Opeth’s New Album: “Big, Pompous, and Epic”

October 8, 2019
The outspoken frontman pushes the muse—moving his band’s sound beyond metal by blending vintage and cutting-edge instruments and sounds on their 13th studio album, In Cauda Venenum.
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MXR

MXR Dyna Comp Bass Review

September 27, 2019
The bass version of a classic compressor takes a couple inches from the waist, but provides more in the tweak department.
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