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Rig Rundowns

Rig Rundown Emily Wolfe

See how this badass Texan uses her signature Epiphone Sheratons to create pop-music earworms that get wrapped in barbed wire thanks to a “patent-pending,” 3-pedal-combination trademark.

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A band of brothers: Van Halen during the OU812/Monsters of Rock era.

How I’ll always remember Edward.

One memory often triggers another, so, while writing about my experiences with Metallica over a crucial decade in their career for this issue, I kept flashing back on my sole encounter with Van Halen—the man and the band. It was during 1988’s Monsters of Rock, and I was on assignment for the tour’s two-day stand in Akron’s Rubber Bowl, a decrepit concrete pit turned convection oven by the summer heat, to interview all the guitarists on the tour: Kingdom Come’s Danny Stag, Dokken’s George Lynch, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs of Scorpions, and, of course, Edward.

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Rig Rundown: The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd

A treasured (and tattered) ’67 Jazzmaster, a dismembered doubleneck, a double-dose of stereo Jazz Chorus, and a surprisingly simple stomp station colors the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots—and the rest of Wayne Coyne’s twisted Willy Wonka-esque adventures.

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Rig Rundown: Yvette Young [2023]

The modern guitar hero dishes on her signature Ibanez YY10s, hints at their potential successors and tweaks, and reveals the ideal pedal that hasn’t landed on her board (yet).

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Rig Rundown: Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes [2023]

The guitarist rolls into Nashville with a crew of Les Pauls and Firebirds, a pair of 100-watters, and a fine spread of stomps.

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