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Top 10 Acoustic Guitars: Rig Rundown Best-Ofs

Top 10 Acoustic Guitars: Rig Rundown Best-Ofs

Our hottest “unplugged” axe viewings—from Down Under wonder Tommy Emmanuel to Eric Johnson, Lucinda Williams and seven other fearsome flattop wielders.


10. Rig Rundown - Mike Dawes

9. Rig Rundown - Billy Strings

8. Rig Rundown - Dave Cobb

7. Rig Rundown - C.W. Stoneking

6. Rig Rundown - Dave Stewart

5. Rig Rundown - Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba

4. Rig Rundown - KT Tunstall

3. Rig Rundown - Lucinda Williams

2. Rig Rundown - Eric Johnson

1. Rig Rundown - Tommy Emmanuel

Featuring FET instrument inputs, "Enhance" switch, and innovative input stage, this pedal is designed to solve challenges like poor feel, setting levels, and ease of use.

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Andy Timmons records rare Lennon/McCartney song "I'm In Love" at Abbey Road's Studio Two.

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Caleb Followill's Kings of Leon Live Rig Explained
Caleb Followill's Kings of Leon Live Rig Explained by Builder Xact Tone Solutions' Barry O'Neal

The Xact Tone Solutions chief pedal puzzle solver Barry O'Neal goes over the gear in Caleb Followill's rack and explains all the ins and outs of its configuration to pull off the Can We Please Have Fun tour hitting U.S. arenas this summer and fall.

Firebirds came stock with a solid G-logo tailpiece, although Bigsby vibratos were often added.

Photo by George Aslaender

The author’s PX-6131 model is an example of vintage-guitar evolution that offers nostalgic appeal in the modern world—and echoes of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.

An old catchphrase among vintage dealers used to run: “All Gretsches are transition models.” While their near-constant evolution was considered confusing, today their development history is better understood. This guitar however is a true transition model, built just as the Jet line was undergoing major changes in late 1961.

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