April 2020

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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 Best Ofs: Most Iconic Guitars

May 22, 2020
From Angus’ SG to Tom’s “Arm the Homeless” axe—the most recognizable 6-strings from our catalog of nearly 500 Rundowns.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Announces 2020 Line of John Petrucci Signature Models

May 6, 2020
Each model is filled with DiMarzio pickups and is available in brand-new finishes.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Announces New Sabre Guitar

April 27, 2020
The model features a lightweight Okoume body, thick carved maple top, and custom Ernie Ball Music Man humbucking pickups.
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Ernie Ball Expands Slinky String Line

April 8, 2020
The newly developed stets include Magnum Slinkys, Hyper Slinkys, and a heavy bottom 7-string set.
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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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Ernie Ball Announces Flat Ribbon Patch Cables

March 18, 2020
The newly designed cables are available in 3", 6", 12", and 24" lengths.
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Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner: The Premier Guitar Review

February 28, 2020
When it comes to obvious pedal combinations, could tuning and volume control be the new peanut butter and jelly?
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Rig Rundown: Albert Lee

January 29, 2020
A bona fide twang-guitar legend shares stories of his time with Clapton and gives an inside look at how he approaches his signature sound.
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Sterling by MusicMan Jason Richardson 7 String Cutlass Demo | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
The shredder plays and talks about his new axe—the budget-priced sequel to his Music Man Cutlass HH 7-string—which has custom pickups, a 12 dB volume boost, and coil-splitting.
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Rig Rundown: Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Joel Hoekstra and Chris Caffery

December 25, 2019
Huge arena-rock guitar tones meet heavy-metal Christmas jams on one of the year’s most successful tours. Go behind the scenes to see how the guitar tandem kick out the holiday jams.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa: The Premier Guitar Review

December 25, 2019
The signature solidbody for Omar Rodríguez-López (At the Drive-In, the Mars Volta) screams and plays as smooth as cream.
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Rig Rundown: Tiny Moving Parts

December 4, 2019
Enthusiastic, nimble-fingered Dylan Mattheisen dances between technical mathcore and catchy rock with Teles and a trusty DL4.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay Review

November 11, 2019
A classic bass gets a short-scale makeover, but doesn’t come up short anywhere else.
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First Look: Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa

October 21, 2019
Omar Rodríguez-López's signature axe delivers punch and flexibility outside high-gain alternative realms.
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Tools for the Task: Pedalboard Tuners

September 20, 2019
You have pedal choices aplenty, but don’t forget about the one that keeps things in, well, tune.
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Rig Rundown: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

September 11, 2019
The 20-year-old blues phenom shares his straight-ahead approach to fiery blues-rock tones.
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Tools for the Task: Drop-Tune Strings

August 18, 2019
Ten sets optimized to keep the tension up and the floppy down.
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Tools for the Task: Coiled Cables

July 12, 2019
Ten leads primed to handle the bridge between your guitar and what you’re plugging into—with a twist.
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Rig Rundown: Judas Priest

June 5, 2019
Watch the pioneering British heavy metal band share the stories and secrets behind the gear that’s banged heads for 50 years and sold over 50 million records.
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