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  • Rig Rundown - Dr. Dog

    34:59

    Dr. Dog was officially started in the late ’90s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, however their origins can be pinpointed years earlier when guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken and bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman began writing original songs together in the eighth grade. Since then, they’ve released 10 albums, two live collections, started their own label (We Buy Gold Records), and even opened Mt. Slippery Studio in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania.

    Before the band’s show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works in support of Critical Equation, the founding duo spoke about their stripped-down setups that force them to focus on playing with intention, delivering emphatic dynamics, and shattering their own gear myths.

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  • SoundLab PH | RIG RUN DOWN - Pakoy Fletchero S01E02

    19:15

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  • Rig Rundown - Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

    12:56

    Christone Kingfish Ingram is currently putting some serious miles in on his tour to support his debut album, Kingfish. Before his show at Songbirds in Chattanooga, Tennessee, “Kingfish” met up with Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger to talk through his rig and display some fiery guitar playing.

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    The 20-year-old blues phenom shares his straight-ahead approach to burly, blues-rock tones.

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  • Rig Rundown - Dream Theater 2019

    36:58

    The progressive metal band’s sultans of shred talk about the gear on their 2019 The Distance Over Time tour, including John Petrucci’s brand-new Music Man Majesty Series signature models and Myung’s potential 2020 signature bass.

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    Dream Theater’s The Distance Over Time Tour is nirvana for the band’s fans, who are devout. It’s a three-hour sonic journey through the new The Distance Over Time album, a selection of fan favorites, and the entire Metropolis Pt. 2 Scenes from a Memory, which is being played in full to mark the 20th anniversary of its release.

    We met with Petrucci, Myung, and chief axe tech Maddi Schieferstein onstage at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center before a soundcheck for the band’s sold-out April 17 concert. The video covers everything—and the still photos provide a closer look at Petrucci’s new-for-2019 signature models, Myung’s bass, effects, amps and more.

    And yes, I know I said “speakers” instead of “pickups” and “alder” rather than “ash” early in the video. Send coffee and hate mail in care of the magazine. Or just troll me in the video’s comments section, for your convenience. But more important, dig into this supercool Rig Rundown.

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    The latest and most primo entry in John Petrucci’s signature line of Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty guitars is the Tiger Eye Limited. As its name implies, only 300 total 6-string and 7-string models were built. The headstock, the bulk of the neck, and main body are all one piece of mahogany, with alder sides. “That’s where you get all the meat and sustain, and the alder shapes the sound,” Petrucci explains. There’s also a tiger-stripe maple top, and the same pattern is in the wood on the back of the 3-piece neck and the headstock.

    All the Majesties come with DiMarzio pickups that Petrucci helped design. The Dreamcatcher, in the bridge, is built for a bold, aggressive, and tight sound, and the guitarist jokes he named the neck pickup the Rainmaker “because it makes people cry when you solo on it.” There’s a 3-way toggle and, as with all of his previous Majesty models, a piezo bridge (with tone and volume control) with a floating tremolo tail. There’s also coil-splitting and a 20 dB boost on the volume control, plus a built-in preamp to combat tone degradation with long cables, should they become necessary.

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  • Rig Rundown - Tom Morello

    31:09

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    During the unrivaled axeman’s solo tour supporting his 2018 album The Atlas Underground, PG’s Chris Kies stood amazed as Tom Morello revealed the tricks that fortified a legacy of riffs in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Plus, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee member (yes, he knows that Iron Maiden needs to be inducted) breaks down how he’s still aiming to shoot the instrument into the future.

    The guitar that’s probably most associated with Tom Morello has to be his Frankensteined “Arm the Homeless” “super strat” that he’s had since 1986. Morello admits the story on the guitar’s evolution is murky, but the only thing from the original custom-order instrument is its body. He apparently spent upwards of two years trying every combination of pickups, necks, electronics, and trems to appease his tonal aspirations, but finally settled on honing his craft through practice rather than gear lust. The final conglomeration of parts have been in place for 30 years and includes a set of EMG pickups, a knock-off graphite Kramer neck scooped up from the bargain bin at Nadine’s, and an Ibanez Edge trem/bridge. And as they say, the rest is history. For this one, he uses Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkys (.009–.046, for all vibrato-equipped guitars) and always grabs Dunlop Tortex Jazz III picks.

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  • Rig Rundown - Covets Yvette Young

    31:33

    Observe Yvette Young apply her formal piano background to musically communicate on a fretboard while expressing how modulation pedals have made her a better bandmate and a more dynamic writer.

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    One would never confuse music as sport. However, for Yvette Young, who took up strict piano lessons at four and added on violin at age seven, the internal pressure and external expectations became too much and broke her. The weight of it all hospitalized her due to an eating disorder. And while still in the hospital, rehabbing from her battle, the struggle’s silver lining appeared in the shape of a guitar. Yvette’s love affair with the instrument began while she was still in bed and has remained tried and true ever since.

    She admits to starting out like any guitarist, learning basic chords and shapes in standard tuning, but never really finding her voice. The generic, sounding-like-everyone qualities plagued her until stumbling upon alternative tunings by way of influencers like Japanese post-rockers Toe and math-rock aerialists American Football. Through these open tunings (for example: F–A–C–G–B–E), Yvette unlocked her guitar creativity and began expressing herself in solo two-hand tapping compositions. One way she pushes her dexterity and fretboard knowledge is to start an idea out as a vocal melody. Yvette then chases that vocal melody for hours on the fretboard, trying to accompany it with simpatico harmonies on the guitar.

    Eventually, electric guitar grabbed ahold and the need for fuller, collaborative jams took root and she began work as a power trio with bassist David Adamiak and drummer Keith Grimshaw. (Now Forrest Rice is the band’s drummer.) Over the last five years she’s released a handful of records and EPs (full band and solo), including 2014’s acoustics, 2015’s Currents, a live performance at Audiotree in 2016, 2017’s Ares, 2018’s effloresce, and most recently, acoustics2.

    Before Covet’s Nashville gig at the High Watt, PG’s Chris Kies swooped in for a post-soundcheck hang with the band’s founder and 6-string melodist, Yvette Young. Within the 30-minute video, you’ll witness how her finger-tapping approach, bolstered by gobs of modulation and influenced by formal training on the ivories unlocks fresh, polyphonic compositions that flourish over a bed of atmospheric, transcending post-rock clouds.

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  • Rig Rundown - Eric Johnson 2018

    15:04

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    Premier Guitar’s Ted Drozdowski met with guru of tone Eric Johnson before his show at Nashville’s City Winery. Johnson revealed his absolute commitment to recreating his trademark sounds with his carefully selected array of guitars, a four-amp setup, and his resurrection of his original Ah Via Musicom pedalboards.

    Although he carries two of his new signature Fender Stratocaster Thinline guitars, Johnson mostly plays this vintage-white model. The only mod is the bridge pickup, which he replaced with a DiMarzio HS-2 to better dial in the tones from Ah Via Musicom.

    The other axe Johnson relies on heavily is a 1954 Fender Stratocaster. Note the more severe angle of the stock whammy bar. It’s a trait of ’54s that he applies to his signature models. This axe also includes the bridge pickup from the guitar he used on the original recording of “Cliffs of Dover.”

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  • Rig Rundown - The Black Keys 2019

    1:2:52

    So, what lead to The Black Keys ending their unannounced hiatus? Well, for Auerbach, it was the same guitar that started the ascent up this crazy rollercoaster—Glenn Schwartz’s 10-string hollowbody. James Gang and Eagles ace Joe Walsh was jamming with Auerbach at Easy Eye and the two brought up Schwartz and how his ferocious playing impacted them both. Auerbach spent any free time he had during high school to make the trek from Akron to Cleveland to see Schwartz play. Walsh coincidentally looked to Glenn as a guitar hero and eventually took over for him in the James Gang when Schwartz left the band, moved to California, and formed Pacific Gas & Electric. (You can see the trio of guitarists jam at Nashville’s famed Robert’s back in 2016.)

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    Auerbach and Walsh got Schwartz down to Nashville to record him at Easy Eye Sound Studio. The session was inspiring and provided Auerbach the visceral memory of why he loved the Black Keys. The next day he called Carney, they put a session on the books and Let’s Rock was made.

    Premier Guitar made the comfortable drive south to Atlanta’s State Farm Arena to not only check in with Auerbach’s longtime tech Dan Johnson, but the guitar master himself makes a cameo to talk all things guitar, including Glenn’s aforementioned 10-string that was loaned to him after a recent Cleveland gig. Other 6-string highlights include a gold-foil-loaded Peavey Razer gunning for the T-Model Ford mojo, a lawsuit-era Ibanez SG, a custom-build (by Dan Johnson) that echoes back to industry heavyweight Paul Bigsby, and surprisingly enough, a ’59 burst. While there, we also spoke with new bandmembers Delicate Steve, and the Gabbard brothers (Andy and Zach who are also 2/3 of the Buffalo Killers) from Akron, who all show off the goodies they bring to the arenas to back their longtime buds.

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  • Rig Rundown - Mr. Bigs Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan 2017

    37:27

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  • Rig Rundown - Maroon 5s James Valentine

    18:01

    PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up with Maroon 5's guitarist James Valentine. In this video Valentine talks to Chris about the gear they use while out on the road on the 2011 Summer Tour with Train.

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  • Slash’s Legendary Guitar Rig | Backstage Tour

    8:52

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    Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott joins guitar tech Ace Bergman backstage at the Sweetwater Pavilion, for a inside look at Slash's guitar rig.


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  • Rig Rundown - John Mayer

    10:42

    PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at Tinley Park, IL, where she goes onstage and checks out John Mayer's current live setup with the help of legendary guitar tech Rene Martinez (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mick Jones).

    In this segment, Rene walks us through John's amps (Dumble Steel String Singer, Two-Rock John Mayer Signature, and Fender Bandmaster), his cabinets (Alessandro 2x12s with Celestions), his effects (including Eventide TimeFactor, a Boss GE-7 Equalizer, an Ibanez TS-10 Tube Screamer Classic, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III Beat-Synced Filter Effects Processor, a Korg Toneworks G4 Rotary Speaker Simulator, a Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive, a small Analog Man Comprossor, an original Marshall Bluesbreaker, a Keeley Electronics Katana Clean Boost, a MXR M-108 10-band EQ, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn Groove Filter FX-Amp Modeling-Drum Box Processor, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn II Beat-Synched Filter Effects Processor, a Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay, and an additional Eventide TimeFactor), which is anchored by a custom Bob Bradshaw switching system and controller. Rene even shows off some of Mayer's 40 guitars he currently has on tour.

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  • Heres My Stuff - Rig Rundown

    7:25

    In this video, I blabber on about my gear and stuff.

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    Drums:
    Snare: Pearl Session Maple Custom (SMX)
    Toms + Kick: Pearl Session Studio Classic

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    Hihats: Two 18 crashes
    - Top = Meinl Dark crash
    - Bottom = Zildjian A Custom EFX
    Left Crash: 18 Meinl Dual crash
    Ride: 22 Meinl Sand ride
    Right Crash: 20 Paiste Masters Extra Thin crash
    Stack: 10 Sabian Vault Maxx Staxx

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  • Rig Rundown - Tom Bukovac

    51:54

    When you’re one of the most recorded guitarists in Nashville, you make sure you can cover all the bases. Watch this in-depth look at the amazing vintage guitars, rare amps, and massive pedalboard that inspires one of Nashville’s first-call session players.

    Tom Bukovac has recorded over 600 albums with artist as diverse as Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Stevie Nicks, and Sheryl Crow. PG’s John Bohlinger caught up with “Buk” in his natural habitat, Blackbird Studios, where he was just finishing day one of a two-day tracking session for the new Gary Allan album.

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  • Rig Rundown - Eric Gales

    17:08

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    Eric Gales, busy promoting his new album, Middle of The Road, took a break to hang with PG’s John Bohlinger at City Winery in Nashville. Gales, a master of melody, nuance, and flash, showed us his simple setup he uses both live and in the studio.

    Gales’ No. 1 is this Sonnet Raw Dawg II signature model by Magneto Guitars. This S-style axe features a hard-rock maple neck, East Indian rosewood fretboard with an 11 radius, medium C-shape neck, 22 narrow jumbo frets, and Lollar Blackface pickups.

    His backup is this Xotic XS-1 loaded with Fishman Fluence Single Width pickups and a Super-Vee BladeRunner whammy bar. Both guitars are strung with Dunlop strings (.010-.046) and tuned to Eb.

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  • Rig Rundown - Incubus Mike Einziger

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  • JIM ROOT GUITAR GEAR RUNDOWN

    45:30

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  • Rig Rundown - Killswitch Engage

    12:30

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    Joel Stroetzel, Adam Dutkiewicz, and Mike D’Antonio of Killswitch Engage met with PG's Perry Bean before their 2016 tour stop in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Orange Peel—where the trio gladly breezed through their barebones-but-brutal setups.

    Thanks to his guitar brother on the other side of the stage, Adam Dutkiewicz currently plays Caparison. (Joel has been a longtime user, and Adam fell in love with his instruments.) His main guitar is a custom 2016 Caparison TAT Special FX that has a few factory mods, including vintage-style frets, a single Fishman Fluence Modern humbucking pickup, and one master volume control. Dutkiewicz has been consistently using D’Addario EXL115 .011–.049 strings on his guitars.

    Although Stroetzel loves and uses his signature Caparison, his main guitar on the band’s current tour has been this 2015 Caparison Custom Dellinger with Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers.

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  • Rig Rundown - Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Jason White

    26:59

    ( Premier Guitar's Chris Kies is on location at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL, where he catches up with Green Day's guitar and bass techs before their spring 2013 99 Revolutions' tour in support of their three latest albums, 'Uno,' 'Dos,' and 'Tre'.'

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  • Rig Rundown - Queens Brian May

    33:46

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    If there was a Mount Rushmore of British guitar heroes, undoubtedly, Queen's Brian May would grace that mountain. We caught up with May and his longtime guitar tech Pete Malandrone on Queen's summer tour with Adam Lambert to talk about his minimal effects, Vox amps, and of course, the Red Special.

    Brian May's entire career has been almost exclusively spent with the guitar that he and his father built in 1964. Red Special is a three-pickup, double-cutaway guitar with Burns pickups and a very unique (at the time) switching system that allows May to cover a huge range of tones. According to May, everything on the guitar is still original from when it was built except for the tuning pegs and the rollers on the bridge.

    During a typical show, May switches guitars during two songs. Fat Bottomed Girls, which is in dropped-D tuning, is played with a Red Special replica that's green and was built by British luthier Andrew Guyton.

    For Crazy Little Thing Called Love, he uses another Guyton Red Special replica with the addition of an f-hole—which was featured on May's original designs for the guitar— a non-trem bridge, and an internal piezo pickup that is utilized during the opening parts of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. All his guitars are strung with Optima 24 Carat Gold .009--.042 strings.

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  • Rig Rundown - Duane Denison

    38:41

    In most instances, there is a yang to every ying. And that’s most certainly the case with guitarist Duane Denison.

    The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk—his two main bands in the ’90s and 2000s (respectively)—had unnerving deranged swagger because of their unhinged, dynamic lead singers David Yow and Mike Patton, respectively. Their stage presence and the bands’ overall sonic aggression was counterbalanced by Duane’s slithering, obtuse guitar parts that were equally unsettling and catchy (start with TJL’s “Then Comes Dudley” or Tomahawk’s “White Hats/Black Hats”).

    The seasick notes and nauseating arpeggios kerranged sympathetically like an off-kilter Andy Summers or D. Boon. However, the peculiar phrasing and disjointed delivery of those chords and riffs mixed with his formal music education (Dillman Music Award recipient from Eastern Michigan University) along with classical and flamenco touches. This blender of influences and knowledge created something alarming but musical (TJL’s “Monkey Trick” or Tomahawk’s “God Hates a Coward”).

    Most guitarists scramble to fill every molecule of air with notes (and he can do that, too—check out the solo in “Sunday You Need Love”), but Duane often utilized air and breaks for uneasy, tense moments like in TJL’s “Glamorous” or Tomahawk’s eerie “Birdsong”.

    Adding from a 2013 interview with PG: “You don’t have to hit people over the head,” he says. “It’s nice to kind of step back and let the vocals take over. If you have a guitar sound like mine that tends to be fairly bright and shrill, ear fatigue sets in pretty quick, and unless you’re a super fan of that kind of thing, you’re gonna tune out after a while.”

    His longstanding gigs have been with noisy indie-rock (The Jesus Lizard) and bizarre prog-metal (Tomahawk), yet he’s also performed in more standard fares like roots/rockabilly outfit The Legendary Shack Shakers and backing the hell-raisin’ outlaw country Hank III.

    And how’s this for irony: His former “day” job impaired—and invigorated—the youth with bludgeoning, piercing, screeching guitar tones. He now empowers the youth spending most days, in silent settings, as a circulation assistant at a branch of the Nashville library.

    A recent afternoon in January 2020, Duane Denison welcomed the PG squad to his Nashville home to go over the nuances of his all-aluminum Electrical Guitar Company sigs, talk about working as a “supporting actor” to Yow and Patton, and get his reason why his bands are a one-horse (guitar) town.

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  • Rig Rundown - Tiny Moving Parts Dylan Mattheisen

    16:01

    Enthusiastic, nimble-fingered Dylan Mattheisen dances between technical mathcore and catchy rock with Teles and a trusty DL4.

    On the heels of releasing their seventh album in September 2019, breathe, the rocking trio of guitarist/vocalist Dylan Mattheisen and brothers Bill and Matt Chevalier, on drums and bass respectively, rolled intro Nashville primed to share songs old and new with the Music City crowd at the Exit/In.

    But before all that happened, PG’s Perry Bean chatted with Mattheisen about why he prefers mid-level Teles, how he developed his flashy technique, and the need for his constant pedal companion—the powerful Line 6 delay.

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  • That Pedal Show – Simon Neil From Biffy Clyro Shows Us His Touring Rig

    27:31

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    Before we go any further: Simon doesn't play much in this video – hardly at all in fact. If you want to hear him in action, a live show or album is absolutely the best place for that.

    So, in this video, Dan talks to Simon and his tech Richard Pratt about the seventh Biffy Clyro album, Ellipsis (released July 8 2016), alongside Simon's needs for the 2016 tour.

    We were kindly invited to Biffy's production rehearsal space; it's a working environment where we had the opportunity to get a guided tour of the rig that Dan was involved in bringing together, as it's all controlled by multiple G2s.

    Despite the ostensible complexity, Simon's sound is actually very simple. His cleans go through a Fender Super Sonic 100, while the dirty sounds are through a Marshall SLP1959 (100-watt Plexi). There are also two Kemper Profiling Amplifiers to reinforce a handful of specific album sounds.

    Everything else is there to make it roadworth, tourworthy and dependable.

    One point of potential confusion is that the amps/cabs behind Simon aren't used in the conventional sense. The cabs are there as on-stage monitoring of guitar sounds for Simon, but the outfront amp sound is via single 12-inch speakers, mounted in Box Of Doom speaker coffins off stage. It's all in the video...

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    Thank you so much to Simon for his time during rehearsals, also to Richard for helping us through the rig, and of course the rest of the Biffy crew for being so helpful and accommodating. As always, it's an absolute education listening to these guys.

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  • Rig Rundown - Albert Lee

    22:54

    Albert Lee is a contradiction. He’s a British guitar hero who has probably done more to influence American guitar styles than nearly anyone. While Lee is a stone-cold country picker, he’s spent quite a bit of time in mainstream rock circles including a stint in Clapton’s band. And Lee made his name through using an old Tele, his Ernie Ball Music Man signature model has been his go-to for decades. Before his show at Nashville’s City Winery with Laurence Juber, John Bohlinger sat down with the legend himself.

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  • Rig Rundown - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit 2019

    1:31:13

    Bursts, and Benders, and Js, oh my! A pioneer of the new Nashville sound and his tone-heavy tag team spend 90 minutes to cover the gobs of new gear that have joined their ranks since 2015.

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    Back in the fall of 2015 PG traveled south to the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to catch up with Jason Isbell, guitarist Sadler Vaden, and bassist Jimbo Hart. At the time, the band gave us so much time and so much gusto about their piles of gear, the resulting Rundown became the longest ever at 65 minutes.

    Fast forward four years and now Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean finds himself onstage, surrounded by even more gear, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in the middle of Isbell’s annual October run. This year saw the Alabama native and his bandmates sell out seven consecutive shows at the Mother Church. And before the 4th night, we basically filmed a feature film spotlighting all the new inspiring additions to their arsenal and how it all further propels the 400 Unit’s sonic quest.

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  • Rig Rundown - Red Hot Chili Peppers Josh Klinghoffer & Flea 2017

    42:38

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  • Rig Rundown - Polyphias Scott LePage

    27:19

    Before soundcheck, PG’s Chris Kies swooped into Nashville’s Cowan music venue to speak with sarcastic (and sweet) Scott LePage, one-half of the blistering guitar duo that mobilizes the genre-morphing band.

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    Not a stranger to Ibanez guitars, Scott LePage has played them his whole career. He’s used models from the RG, Prestige, AZ, Talman, and Iron Label families, but at the 2019 NAMM Show he (and bandmate Tim Henson) announced a signature model that incorporates elements from all of them. The body is based on a AZ (American basswood with quilted maple top). It includes Ibanez’s heat-treated roasted maple neck and fretboard with only 22 frets because Scott feels the extra frets are useless and giving a little space between the neck single-coil and fretboard produces the “sweet spot.” Another signature part of the instrument is Scott’s collaboration with DiMarzio, which produces his own alnico humbucker—the IGNO. The middle and neck pickups are DiMarzio True Velvets and are a nod to the Talman setup he previously played and provide a springier sound for the band’s funk-meets-hip-hop-influenced tones. Lastly, gold Ibanez hardware, a Gotoh T1502 trem bridge, and GraphTech nut round out the SLM10. This one typically is tuned to standard and uses Dunlop Nickel Coated Plated .010–.052 strings.

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  • Rig Rundown - Dashboard Confessionals Chris Carrabba

    40:57

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    In early May 2015, Premier Guitar crashed Dashboard Confessional’s rehearsal in Nashville and met with Chris Carrabba between songs. Carrabba revealed the acoustic/electric rig that drove Dashboard from emo obscurity to the soundtrack of Spider-Man 2.

    Carrabba loves old guitars. For electrics, he tours with a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Jr. and a racing striped 1967 Fender Mustang with a matching headstock. Both are strung with D’Addario EJ21.

    For acoustics, Carrabba goes with his beloved and beaten 1970 Martin 0-18 and his 2014 custom-made Martin 00-18 with 3-piece back. The acoustics are strung up with D’Addario EJ17 strings and Carrabba prefers Dunlop Shell Plastic thumb picks and Paige capos.

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  • Rig Rundown - Guns N Roses Slash, Duff McKagan & Richard Fortus

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    In November at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, PG’s Rig Rundown team got the inside guided tour of the gear that’s melted a million faces. Richard Fortus and Slash’s and Duff’s longtime techs, Adam Day and Mike “Mcbob” Mayhue, tell all.

    In 1987, Gibson enjoyed an enormous jump in sales when Guns N’ Roses released Appetite for Destruction. To show their appreciation, Gibson gave Slash this ’87 Les Paul Standard, the first of many endorsement guitars. This battered ’87 LP has been broken, burned, and abused since the first tour and remains one of Slash’s favorites.

    Duff McKagan started out with a Japanese Fender Jazz special he bought with his record advance money. That bass, now stored safely at home, served as the model for the Fender Custom Shop Duff McKagan bass models. Duff tours with several of his Fender signature basses; the primary is a mid-2000s model

    Richard Fortus tours with a large arsenal of guitars, too many to cover here, but let’s start with a few of his Gretsch guitars, including a Gretsch White Falcon and Black Falcon, both Players Edition models upgraded with Arcane pickups.


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  • Rig Rundown - The Darkness

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    Fueled by a pair of brothers rocking Les Pauls and the bass rumbling thanks to Gibson Thunderbirds, this U.K. outfit is here to rock and roll.

    Rhythm guitarist Dan Hawkins received this 2000 Gibson Les Paul Standard—his current number one—from his brother Justin when the band started in 2000. Dan refers to this instrument as “Dune,” a tribute to one of his favorite sci-fi films that was directed by David Lynch. He left the stock 498 humbuckers in the guitar because he likes that they crank out an aggressive bite thanks to their high output. The only change he’s made to the guitar is adding a TonePros bridge and tailpiece for better intonation.

    Bassist Frankie Poullain’s main ride is a 1990 Gibson Thunderbird he affectionately calls the “Brown Bastard” that he bought from a guy named Welsh Ray. He favors this beast because the aftermarket pickup “kicks serious ass and is my pride and joy.” (Frankie and his tech can’t figure out where it came from or what model pickup it is.)

    Lead guitarist and tantalizing frontman Justin Hawkins uses nothing but white 2001 Gibson Les Paul Customs. Seen here is his go-to axe that is generally used most of the night aside from any songs with alternate tunings or if a string breaks.

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  • Rig Rundown - U2s The Edge

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    This past June, PG traveled to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to catch U2’s eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE Tour.  Before the band’s soundcheck, John Bohlinger hung with Dallas Schoo, who has been taking care of The Edge’s ever-changing collection for over 30 years.  

    The Edge tours with 45 guitars. He performs with 18 to 20 different guitars every show and has a backup for every one of them. The Edge does not endorse any string company but has Dallas Schoo constantly experimenting with different brands and gauges for each guitar and tuning.

    In 1978, on a trip to the United States with his family, a seventeen-year-old Edge bought this 1976 Gibson Explorer. This guitar was there for the birth of U2 and has been part of nearly every tour and session since. Edge now owns eleven ’76 Explorers and currently tours with three of them. They are all stock and nearly identical. And to be clear, Dallas Schoo is always on the look for more.

    Fender approached The Edge about a signature model based on some of his old favorite Strats. This namesake model features a large headstock, a Dimarzio FS-1 bridge pickup, and two custom staggered Fat ’50s Fender single-coil pickups. The strap on was designed by The Edge.

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  • Rig Rundown - Thrices Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi

    23:13

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    Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi of Thrice have a hectic schedule of relentless touring. Luckily, PG’s Perry Bean was able to meet up with the band before their latest Nashville stop at the Cannery Ballroom.

    A big part of the Thrice sound comes down to the way Teppei Teranishi and Dustin Kensrue find their own distinct tone. Kensrue has been getting a lot of mileage out of this Nash JM-63 that’s loaded with a Lollar High Wind Imperial Humbucker in the bridge and a Lollar El Rayo Humbucker in the neck. He strings it up with Ernie Ball Cobalt strings (.011–.056). The custom set features these string gauges: .011, .014, .018, .032, .044, .056.

    Teppei Teranishi likes it low and rumbly with this Fender Baritone Custom Jaguar (which was renamed the Jaguar Bass VI Custom in 2006).

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  • MKH’s Home Stream Rig Rundown

    16:42

    Guitar Accessories:

    Dunlop strings
    Dunlop strap locks
    Dunlop MKH signature jazz 3 picks
    Richter signature MKH straps
    Gruv Gear MKH signature fret wraps
    Fishman fluence modern pickups
    Evertune bridges


    Guitars:

    ESP KH1 signed by Metallica
    Ernie Ball JP 7 signed by Dream Theater
    Ibanez Apex signed by Korn
    BC Rich PFG 5
    TWSmith Explorer 7
    Ernie Ball JP 6 XI
    Kiesel Vader 8
    Aristides 080s chameleon quad color
    Aristides 070s brushed gold
    Aristides 060s 50’s pink
    Aristides 080s battle-worn purple
    Aristides 080s battle-worn silver
    Aristides 070 cracked silver
    Aristides 060 purple flame
    10S Kiichichaos silver strat
    Gibson Les Paul Custom black
    Gibson Les Paul Custom OG black
    Gibson Les Paul Custom silverburst
    Gibson Les Paul Custom white and gold
    Gibson Les Paul Custom 68 vos black
    Epiphone MKH LPC 7 Snøfall Evertune, Fishman
    Epiphone MKH LPC 6 black Evertune, Fishman
    Epiphone MKH LPC 6 Snøfall Evertune, Fishman
    Epiphone MKH LPC 7 black Evertune, Fishman
    Gibson SJ-300
    Gibson SJ-200
    Gibson SJ-100
    Yamaha CG100SA


    Audio in (Amp signal chain (a and b paths)):

    - Guitar out:

    Klotz cables
    Radial JDI DI box

    - A. Path (guitar DI signal):

    Apogee Element 46 (input 3)
    Apple MacBook Pro
    Apple Logic X
    Apogee plug-ins
    Toontrack plug-ins

    - B. Path (guitar amp signal (DI thru)):

    Horizon Devices precision drive
    Peavey 5150 block letter
    Box Of Doom
    Celestion Redback 150 watt speaker
    Shure SM57 mics (2)
    Apogee element 46 (inputs 1+2)
    Apple MacBook Pro
    Apple Logic X
    Apogee plug-ins
    Toontrack plug-ins

    - Apogee Element 46 audio out(s):

    - Apogee element 46 (headphone out):

    Beyer dynamic 1770 pro headphones

    - Apogee element 46 (L R outs):

    Palmer PLS02 dual channel line splitter (a. and b. paths):

    - A. Path:

    Adam S2V active monitors

    - B. Path:

    Apogee duet (to pc)

    - Video out:

    El Gato game capture HD60 (video out to pc)


    Vocals (a, b, c output options):

    Shure SM7B microphone
    KLM stand
    Klotz cables
    Radial Workhorse powered rack lunchbox

    Radial Power Tube preamp
    (c. optional out to element input 4 for DI vocals for recording, or thru to the rest for live streaming)

    Radial Q3 eq

    Radial Komit compressor
    (a. out to element input 4 for live streaming vocals; b. out to focusrite for game streaming speaking vocals)


    PC:

    Apogee duet (MacBook pro audio in)
    Beyer Dynamic 1990 pro headphones (duet headphone out)
    Focusrite scarlet solo (Radial workhorse audio in)
    ASUS ROG GL12CM tower
    ASUS ROG PG258Q monitor
    ASUS ROG VG248QE monitor
    ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin mouse
    ASUS ROG Strix Flare keyboard
    ASUS ROG Sheath mousepad
    Mouse bungee


    Camera:

    Panasonic LUMIX GH4
    Panasonic 14mm f/25 G aspherical lens
    Neweer portable 20 inch tripod
    El Gato cam link 4k (video out to pc)
    Logitech Brio (2)
    Logitech C922
    Random baby monitor arm


    Misc:

    Neweer dimmable bi-color 480 led lights and stands
    Auralex stand baffles and sound dampening
    SE portable vocal booth
    Fully Jarvis standing desk
    DW drum throne
    Monster, Furman, Live Wire power conditioners
    Cyber power, APC backup battery power

  • Rig Rundown - Steven Wilson 2019

    27:03

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    We did a pre-soundcheck hang with singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist Steven Wilson during his recent solo gig at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom. Wilson, known best for his progressive rock with his band Porcupine Tree, stripped his tone down for his current solo project, which requires two rigs.

    The raw sound of a Telecaster plugged straight into an amp has become a signature tone for Steven Wilson’s recent project. To capture that tone, Wilson used his Fender 1963 Relic Telecaster built by the Custom Shop. The Telecaster is strung with D'Addario NYXL Plain Steel .011–.014–.018 on top and D’Addario Nickel Wound .030w–.042w–.052w on the bottom.

    The centerpiece of Steven Wilson’s pedalboard is a GigRig G2 Switching System, which makes sense since GigRig guru Daniel Steinhardt wired the board up (and made many of its pedal selections himself). Steven’s array of pedals includes a Boss FL-500 volume pedal, a Source Audio Programmable EQ, a GigRig A/B/Y box, a Dunlop Cry Baby Wah, a TC Electronic PolyTune, a custom GigRig bank selector, an Option 5 Destination Rotation, a Selah Quartz, a Strymon TimeLine and BigSky, two Electro-Harmonix POGs, a Diamond Analog Vibrato, a Moog MF Trem, an Analog Man Price of Tone, an Amptweaker TightRock Jr., an Origin Effects Cali76, an EHX Small Stone, and a wealth of GigRig power accessories.

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  • Rig Rundown - Bad Religion

    46:45

    What’s more punk rock than dueling angry P-90s straight into classic Marshalls? Answer: Nothing!

    Nearing their fourth decade as a band and celebrating their just-released 17th album, Age of Unreason, the punk-rock pioneers toured the south including a rare Nashville stop.

    PG’s Perry Bean stopped by Music City’s Cannery Ballroom before soundcheck to check out how punk’s elder statesmen Mike Dimkich, Brian Baker, and bassist Jay Bentley still don’t use pedals, why they prefer P-90s over humbuckers, and explain what piece of their rig was inspired by our AC/DC episode.

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  • Rig Rundown - Architects

    27:01

    Observe how the U.K. metalcore warriors utilize digital stomps, profiling amps, and modern pickups to break necks and ignite pits with an old-school aggression.

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    Before the band’s first Nashville show since the early 2000s, guitarist Adam Christianson and guitarist/tech Martyn Evans talk shop with PG’s Perry Bean to illuminate their burgeoning taste for gear and tone.

    Knowing the style of heavy music Adam Christianson and the rest of Architects play would lead you to believe his main influence for his signature LSL Bari Bone T-style would be Jim Root of Slipknot but pump the brakes. The native Canuck actually is a staunch Merle Haggard fan. Furthermore, his T-style is a 24-fret, 27.5-scale baritone to compensate for the band’s low tunings and the saggy string tension. The tonewoods include a roasted ash body with a roasted maple neck. This one is loaded with a set of Bare Knuckle Ragnarok pickups and sees action during songs tuned down to F#. He picks with Dunlop Jazz IIIs, and all of his guitars implement sets of custom-gauged D’Addario strings. For F# guitars, he uses .011–.015–.020w–.030–.042–.072 and for G# he swaps the 6th string for a .070, and for C# he uses a .060.

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  • Rig Rundown - Avenged Sevenfolds Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, & Johnny Christ

    21:11

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    PG's Chris Kies is on location in Omaha, NE, where he catches up with the techs behind the rigs of Avenged Sevenfold guitarists Synsyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, and bassist Johnny Christ who all used their own signature Schecter instruments during the fall leg of the Hail to the King 2013 tour.

  • Paul Gilberts Special Shred Tuning

    1:52

    The Mr. Big shred monster unlocks new doors with a wonky tuning and blazing speed.

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  • Rig Rundown - Alter Bridges Mark Tremonti & Myles Kennedy

    31:38

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    Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy have played together for over 12 years, recorded five albums, and toured hard both domestically and internationally. Before their recent Nashville show, Tremonti and Kennedy hung with PG’s John Bohlinger to talk tone.

    Tremonti was the second artist to have a PRS signature model (Carlos Santana was there first). Nicknamed “Dimebag” after Tremonti’s late friend Darrell Abbott, this is his No. 1. “Dimebag” stays in dropped-C# tuning and is strung with D’Addario strings, gauged .010-.049.

    Tuned down a half-step and strung with D’Addario EXL140s (.010-.052), Myles Kennedy’s No. 1 is this PRS SC 245.

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  • Rig Rundown - Intervals Aaron Marshall

    32:21

    After the dissolution of his previous band, Speak of the Devil, Aaron Marshall forged out on his own and created Intervals in 2011. (Through the band’s existence, Marshall has remained the sole constant member and is the band’s musical pilot.)

    The instrumental band is like a robust jambalaya. It uses ingredients from prog, metal, djent, jazz, and even top-40 pop to make its own cosmic stew. After two instrumental EPs—The Space Between (2011) In Time (2012)—he recruited vocalist Mike Semesky and released their 2014 full-length debut, A Voice Within. Aaron Marshall decided the best version of Intervals was that eschewing vocals and moved on to release two more LPs in 2015 (The Shape of Colour) and 2017 (The Way Forward). Each release has seen Marshall (and the culminating tours with various bandmates) push further through the prog glass-ceiling with a no-holds-barred approach redefining themselves, and the resulting genre.

    During the band’s run opening for co-headliners Chon and Between the Buried and Me at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, Intervals ringleader Aaron Marshall spoke with PG’s Perry Bean. The Canadian details his new custom builds from Mayones, talks about the power and freedom the Axe-Fx III gives his band, and even explains how NYSYNC, TLC, and Destiny’s Child still influence him today.

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  • Rig Rundown - Baroness John Baizley & Gina Gleason

    49:54

    Creating one concept album is a daunting task for any band. So, the fact that Southern prog-metal steamroller Baroness just capped off their color-coded, 5-part odyssey (2007’s Red, 2009’s Blue, 2012’s Yellow & Green, and 2015’s Purple) with 2019’s Gold & Grey, is no small feat. But the idea that John Baizley (the lone founding member and visual leader) still has a band is the bigger accomplishment. For one, during a 2012 world tour in England, the band’s tour bus careened down a viaduct near Bath and severely injured numerous bandmembers and crew personnel. Following that turmoil, then bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle left the band.

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    Enter bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thompson. The fresh synergy from new members and raw emotions still bubbling from the crash fueled the stalwart guitar combo of Peter Adams and John Baizley, ultimately earning the band its most critical praise, including and a Grammy nod for “Best Metal Performance” on Purple’s “Shock Me.” (Check out our 2015 interview with Peter Adams and John Baizley.) And after another grueling run of dates, Peter Adams decided to leave the band to focus on family life back home. This left Baizley, once again, in the need of a musical chair to be filled.

    At the time, guitarist Gina Gleason was busy in Las Vegas working as the Muse in Michael Jackson: One by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While browsing the interwebs in search of new gear, as guitarists do, she noticed fuzz fanatic Steve Strohm of Philly Fuzz was not only based in her hometown (duh, Philadelphia), but he was building them in her family’s neighborhood. She had to have one for two reasons—she was after a germanium-based snarler and she wanted to support a local artisan. Purchase complete.

    But before the pedal was shipped, part-time associate and Philly Fuzz friend, John Baizley sent Gleason a quick note on Instagram and the two hit it off. Instead of shipping the pedal, Baizley invited her over to his house to test out some other Philly Fuzz creations and to jam on his smorgasbord of equipment. The two kept in touch and whenever they crossed paths and had time in Philly, they jammed.

    They talked about working on a side project, but let’s be honest, Gina played a muse once in the King of Pop production, so it seems apropos she’d spark a new musical start for this chiseled rock band to help them finish their pentalogy. Her swaggering presence is best felt alongside Baizley, when their symbiotic relationship is most powerful with seething, dueling guitar riffs (“Borderlines”) and evocative harmonized vocals (“Cold-Bolded Angels”) that season Gold & Grey like new spices reinvigorating your mother’s prized dish.

    Before Baroness’ Nashville gig at the Cannery Ballroom, PG’s Chris Kies stopped by after soundcheck (and before an acoustic set at Music City’s Grimey’s record shop) to see how the band who once adorned humbuckers and full stacks onstage now slay with offsets and T-styles that chime and grind through a pile-up of small-wattage tube combos designed for high headroom and pedal manipulation. After a lengthy chat with John Baizley and Gina Gleason about their new full-Fender setups, each guitarist slings on a 6-string and shows off their stomp stations that illicit everything from spacious tranquility to mondo crush.

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  • Rig Rundown - Nita Strauss

    25:02

    With a new Ibanez signature model and an ultraportable plug-and-play rig, the rock heroine travels light to create the heavy tones on her new solo debut, Controlled Chaos.

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    Furious, focused, and expansive, the playing of Nita Strauss is the stuff emerging-rock-guitar legends are made of. During soundcheck at Nashville’s Basement East, PG’s John Bohlinger checked in with Strauss, who was on a break from her regular gig with Alice Cooper, touring in support of her debut solo album, Controlled Chaos. Strauss wrote, produced, engineered, and recorded all the guitar and bass parts on the album, which, in testament to her abilities and her fan base, was made via a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its $20,000 goal by $145,755. As she rips for our cameras, Strauss, the first woman to have an Ibanez signature model—which debuted at Winter NAMM 2018—talks about her JIVA10 and her backup S6570Q, and puts her easy-traveling rig, a Boss GT-100, though her core settings. Check out how Strauss shows off the JIVA10’s radical tuning stability at the 15-minute mark! And yes, she is a descendent of the Austrian composer Johann Strauss.

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  • Rig Rundown - Third Eye Blind 2019

    26:37

    Before the band’s co-headlining slot alongside Jimmy Eat World at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, lead guitarist Kryz Reid took some time with PG’s Perry Bean to update us not only on the additions to his guitar arsenal (yes, he still names them after Star Wars characters, although he has avoided using Jar Jar Binks), but also explains why he stored away his vintage Marshalls and Custom Shop Fender heads in order to embrace the 21st-century power of a Kemper. In addition, we get a peek at lead singer/guitarist Stephan Jenkins’ lineup of electrics and acoustics.

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    One of the newest guitars brought in by Kryz Reid is this Gibson Custom Shop R8 Les Paul that he’s dubbed “BB-8.” All of his guitars use D’Addario strings—this one and all other standard-tuned instruments take .010s. Guitars that are tuned down a whole step take .011s, and anything tuned lower than that uses .012s so Reid has a consistent feel under his fingertips.

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  • Rig Rundown - Meshuggahs Fredrik Thordendal, Mårten Hagström, & Dick Lövgren 2016

    14:13

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    Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean hung out with Meshuggah's tech, Kent Eriksson, who walks through the bone-crushing, cabinet-free rigs of Fredrik Thordendal, Mårten Hagström, and Dick Lövgren, the three Viking warriors of the extreme prog-metal apocalypse.

    Fredrik Thordendal’s newest addition to his arsenal is this 2016 Ibanez LACS (Los Angeles Custom Shop) Stoneman with three Lundgren M8 pickups and a push/pull coil-split option. This Stoneman, like all of Thordendal’s axes, is strung with DR Tight Fit (.009-.072) strings and is tuned F–Bb–Eb–Ab–Db–Gb–Bb–Eb.

    Hagström's main guitar is his Ibanez LACS M8M with an alder body and one mighty Lundgren M8 pickup. This one is tuned a half-step down with a foam mute and strung with DR Tight Fit .009-.070) strings.


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  • Rig Rundown - Samantha Fish

    21:14

    The rising blues guitar star demos her No. 1 SG with her expanded pedalboard, and goes deep with her workhorse Jaguars, Stogie Blues cigar box, Delaney 512, Taylor acoustic, and Category 5 amps.

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  • Rig Rundown - Tera Melos Nick Reinhart

    36:13

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    During the Tera Melos’ tour supporting their just-released EP Treasures and Trolls, ringleader guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart took some time at Nashville’s High Watt to hang with PG’s Chris Kies and go through his pawnshop setup.

    Nick Reinhart has been “freakishly obsessed” with the weird and slightly off side of gear. Case in point, this is his go-to guitar, a ’90s Squier Vista Series Super-Sonic that was made in Japan while the humbuckers were wired in South Korea. All of its visual quirks are stock, but Reinhart did equip this particular offset with a Roland GK-2A Divided MIDI Synth Pickup that essentially turns the 6-string into a MIDI controller reproducing everything from horns to drums.

    This ’93 MIJ Fender Jazzmaster actually was originally owned by EarthQuaker Devices’ founder Jamie Stillman. Nick Reinhart watched Jamie trade for the guitar at Santa Monica’s Truetone Music and told the pedal maker that if Stillman ever wanted to sell the guitar that he would take it. Last year a fan tweeted a link to Nick for a Reverb listing (complete with a video of Reinhart demoing the guitar at EarthQuaker Day) of this very Jazzmaster and he messaged Jamie who pulled the sale and sold it to his friend.

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  • Rig Rundown - G.E. Smith

    27:28

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    Few guitarists have had a more illustrious career then G.E. Smith. From his run with Hall & Oates to his decade of leading the Saturday Night Live band, Smith has played with nearly everyone including Mick Jagger, Tina Tuner, Eddie Van Halen, Buddy Guy, Al Green, and Bob Dylan. Smith hung out with Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger after soundcheck before a recent show at Nashville’s City Winery and gave an up-close look at his killer, old-school rig.

    G.E. Smith’s lifelong No. 1 remains his 1952 Fender Esquire. Although the guitar is labeled an Esquire, it has had two pickups in it since Smith got it. It has been re-fretted twice, but other than that, nothing has changed during their half a century together.

    Next up is G.E. Smith’s signature Fender Telecaster. This guitar takes design ideas from Smith’s old lap steel. The bridge pickup is screwed right into the wood and the inlays mimic a vintage Fender lap steel. G.E. wanted the store models to be finished in dakota red, but Fender put the guitar into production with candy apple red. This prototype is the only one with the original dakota red finish.

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  • Rig Rundown - Alice in Chains Jerry Cantrell

    7:04

    PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Milwaukee, WI, at the Rave/Eagles Ballroom where he catches up with Alice in Chains' guitarist, singer/songwriter Jerry Cantrell.

    Jerry walks us through his current live rig for the ongoing Black Gives Way to Blue tour where he's using Bogner and Dave Friedman Marsha heads, G&L Rampages, Gibson Les Pauls and of course some effects including his original Dunlop Crybaby wah used on the epic Man in the Box.

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  • Rig Rundown - Lindsay Ell

    18:28

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    Lindsay Ell hung with Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger before her show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena where she was opening for Sugarland. Ell, a full-on guitar geek, could not wait to spill the details on her rig.

    Lindsay Ell personally painted a guitar for each song on her 2017 album, The Project. Several of these guitars join her on tour and become a big part of her show. Betty Van Halen #1 is a Fender American Standard Strat that she uses each night on “Waiting On You,” Ell’s first single off The Project. All her guitars are strung with D’Addario EXL140 (.010–.052) or D’Addario NYXL (.010–.052). She plays with D’Addario Heavy (1.0 mm) picks.

    Lindsay Ell received this relic’d Strat as a gift from Brad Paisley after spending some time out on the road opening for him. Paisley asked her what her dream guitar would be and worked to create a replica of a ’57 “Mary Kay” Strat. Paisley contacted Fender to get all the period-correct parts and then assembled and relic’d the guitar himself. She named it “Herbert” since its color reminded her of sherbet.

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  • Rig Rundown - KT Tunstall

    1:05

    #kttunstall #rigrundown #premierguitar

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    KT Tunstall is a fearless musician. Each night she builds complex loops that could spin out of control at any second. A great guitarist, percussionist, singer and writer, Tunstall won a BRIT Award for Best Female Artist and the European Border Breaker Award. While on the tail end of her 2018 tour, Tunstall was kind enough to take PG’s John Bohlinger through her rig and reveal the mystery of her live loops.

    For over a decade, Tunstall has logged a lot of hard miles on her beloved Gibson Elvis Dove featuring a rare black finish and star fret markers. This Dove, and its counterpart, are loaded with an L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup system and are strung with D’Addario Phosphor Bronze EJ17 .013-.056 strings. Tunstall plays with Dunlop Nylon .73 mm and Tortex .60 mm picks.

    For an electric edge, Tunstall goes with this new Supro Poppy Red Belmont Vibrato that has the whammy bar removed. Her electric guitars are strung with D’Addario NYXL (.011–.049).

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