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The Big 5

This year’s quick-hit interviews revealed that Phil Collen sees a connection between your vibrato and ego, how a short-scale Strat is rocking Neal Schon’s world, Halestorm hates “Instagram guitar” faces, and Steve Vai’s secret weapon.

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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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Jeff Beck Sounds Like Jeff Beck, Even Through a Roland Cube! | Tyler Bryant & Graham Whitford Big 5

Plus, how a used-car dealer reconnected Bryant with his custom pink Strat after five years apart and why Graham Whitford is overwhelmed by pedal choices, but notes one as his secret weapon.

“It’s the Ultimate Bling Guitar” | Kirk Fletcher Big 5

Bluesman Kirk Fletcher on his favorite Gibson ES-345 mods, and why we all need to push the soul “button” more.

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“Malcolm Young Is the Benchmark for Everything”—God Is an Astronaut & the Big 5!
Plus, Torsten & Niels Kinsella and Jamie Dean detail the modded Fender guitars that power their atmospheric post-rock.
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