November 2020

Ernie Ball

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Idles—to the Max, on Ultra Mono!

September 21, 2020
Guitarists Lee Kiernan and Mark Bowen shove the envelope on the band’s new album, stomping in sonic mud puddles and mashing electronic music and hip-hop as they abandon their comfort zone.
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Rig Rundown: Caspian's Phil Jamieson

September 2, 2020
The self-proclaimed “midrange mattress” makes a post-rock bed with an “Excalibur” Jazzmaster and some up-the-sleeve Strymon settings.
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Rig Rundown: All Souls' Antonio Aguilar

August 12, 2020
Strats with presto-chango pickguards power folk and flamenco flourishes mingled with kerranging rock and Melvins-esque metal.
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Rig Rundown: Chicano Batman's Carlos Arévalo

July 22, 2020
Primo Jags and ace Ernie Ball axes help the funkateer channel Eddie Hazel grooves through a prism of Tropicália rhythms.
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Rig Rundown: Butch Walker

July 15, 2020
The big-hit producer (Taylor Swift, Green Day, Weezer) and guitarist opens his RubyRed Productions to catalog his custom creations from the West and Far East. Plus, he reveals how Keith Urban forever changed his guitar-playing world.
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Rig Rundown: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die’s Chris Teti

July 1, 2020
The guitarist/producer reveals how an EHX Pitch Fork downsized his touring guitar boat, and admits the difficulties of cherry-picking stomps for the band's spiraling, atmospheric odysseys.
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Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Most Iconic Basses

June 26, 2020
Verdine, Flea, Sheehan, Josephine and six other legends show us their favorite earth-rumblers!
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Rig Rundown: Jim Ward

June 24, 2020
The former At the Drive-In renegade talks about using a Jazzmaster for his “humble workhorse” rhythm role, growing as singer-songwriter within Sparta, and making "solos" with three digital delays.
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Rig Rundown: Mt. Joy's Sam Cooper

June 17, 2020
“Astrovan” took him from lawyer to soulful indie-pop headliner on the back of his rewired, ragged ’69 Jag and a bed of shimmering ’verbs and reversed delays.
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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: 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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