Premier Guitar’s world-famous Rig Rundowns take you backstage to explore the live gear used by your favorite guitar and bass players. Whether you’re into shred, country, indie, or classic rock, Rig Rundowns give you the lowdown on the instruments, pedals, and amps powering the biggest acts on the road today—and often we even coax them into demoing their favorite settings. Listen now and pick up new tricks for how to set up your rig!
Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the Vic Theatre where he catches up with Thin Lizzy guitar tech Coty Allinson who walks us through guitarists Vivian Campbell and Scott Gorham's current touring rigs.
Rebecca Dirks is on location in Chicago where she catches up with Sigur Ros guitar and bass tech Silli Ragnarsson to discuss guitarist Jonsi Por Birgisson's one-off guitar, bow and accessories, and surprisingly sparse pedalboard, bassist Georg Holm's effects-heavy pedal rig, and the more traditional guitar-board-amp setup of touring guitarist Kjartan Dagur Holm (Georg's brother).
Rebecca Dirks is on location at NBC Studio 6B, GE Building,
in New York, New York, where she catches up with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's the Roots' guitarist "Captain" Kirk Douglas and bassist Mark Kelley.
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Joliet, Illinois, where he catches
up with blues guitarist Buddy Guy. His guitar tech Gilbert Garza talks
about and shows off Buddy Guy's current equipment and signal chain
that's being used on the Living Proof 2011 tour.
Visionary John Baizley and former Cirque du Soleil shredder Gina Gleason explain why their evolving style of sprawling heaviness now uses “scalpel-like” Fender single-coils and low-wattage tube combos. Plus, they share how a Philly Fuzz Heretic brought them together.
Dubliner Kryz Reid details additions to his Star Wars family of guitars and why he went from vintage to digital, while Stephan Perkins’ tech explains why a laughable price tag should never disqualify an axe from becoming a main squeeze.
Jordan Wagner is On Location in Davenport, IA, where he catches up with Megadeth's guitarists Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick. In this segment, both Dave and Chris walk us through their thrash metal setups.
The sultan of sludge illustrates that his first band is a shuttle for sonic exploration launching into orbit on the backs of triple-humbucker guitars, a sierra of Oranges, and two boards the size of Cape Canaveral.
Myers talks about his unwavering loyalty to PRS Guitars showing us his current touring collection while Bass discusses his various signature Dean basses and why he's using a solid-state guitar head for distorted bass tones.
Jason Shadrick is On Location at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, where he catches up with Justin Derrico and Eva Gardner on tour with Pink's The Truth About Love tour. In this segment, Justin and Eva detail their go-to instruments and signal chains.
We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon behind the bricks of Roger Waters' The Wall Live, chatting with guitarists Dave Kilminster, G.E. Smith, and Snowy White, along with techs Tim Myer and Colin Lyon.
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.
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Des Moines, IA, at Wooly's where he catches up with the king of country western troubadours Unknown Hinson. In this segment, the Kang talks about his signature Reverend Guitar, using the Fender Super-Sonic 100 head and matching cabinet, Vox ValveTronix digital effects process, and what's his ideal wumern.
Aside from melting faces and conquering all music, these younglings don’t take themselves or much else seriously, but one-half of the wise-cracking guitar tandem dishes on his “dope” signature gear from Ibanez and DiMarzio.
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Moline, IL. at the iWireless Center where he catches up Nickelback Guitar tech Kris Dawson who shows us Chad Kroeger & Ryan Peake's gear and talks about their tour set up.
On the heels of his No. 1 album, Wasteland, Baby!, Irishman Andrew Hozier-Byrne reveals his connection with “alive” hollowbodies—including gas cans—that torch his moody, soulful blend of rock and blues.
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Milwaukee, WI, where he catches up
with guitarist John McLaughlin. In this Rig Rundown video segment,
McLaughlin talks to us about using his Godin Freeway and use of effects.
Try to keep your skull glued on while geeking out on the gear—especially amps—the Grammy-winning producer uses to make epic albums with Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Korn, Rush, Mastodon, and others.
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he
catches up with blues guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa. In this
portion, Joe talks and demos his current lineup of amps for the ongoing
The moody goth-folk songstress and her 6-string compatriot Evan Patterson detail the off-kilter double-cuts, dual-amp configurations, and reverb-dripping boards that give life to their jangly, ambient washes and doomy, crashing crescendos.
Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Hollywood, CA, where she catches up with Conan guitarist Jimmy Vivino and bassist Mike Merritt. In this segment, we learn what guitars, amps, basses, and effects pedals both Vivino and Merritt use every night during taping, as well as take a look into Vivino's back room collection of guitars.
Watch how bassist Rodrigo Palma uses a simplistic, time-tested combination of Fender plus Ampeg, while guitarist Arun Bali employs a collection of classic guitars and stacks a hearty amount of fuzz pedals to color their brand of post-pop punk.
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Northern Lights Theater in
Milwaukee, WI, where she catches up with bass legend Stanley Clarke for a
Rig Rundown segment that has Stanley showing off his Alembic basses,
Ampeg amps, and various effects and stompboxes he is currently using on
Premier Guitar is on location in Des Moines, Iowa, where PG's Rebecca Dirks visits with Coheed and Cambria guitarists Claudio Sanchez & Travis Stever who talk about their current live setups including Gibson Explorers, Les Pauls, SGs, Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, and DR Strings.