Rig Rundowns

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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!

Episode Date
Ep. #289: Dream Theater

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.

May 22, 2019
Ep. #288: Unknown Hinson

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.

May 20, 2019
Ep. #287: The Bouncing Souls

The seminal East Coast punkers prove that some beat-up guitars and undeniable hooks is all you need to tour the world for over three decades.

May 15, 2019
Ep. #286: Reverend Horton Heat

PG's Chris Kies is On Location at RIBCO Brewing in Rock Island, IL,
where he catches up with rockabilly guitar slinger Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath for another Rig Rundown installment.

May 13, 2019
Ep. #285: Rig Rundown: Polyphia's Scott LePage

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.

May 08, 2019
Ep. #284: Liz Cooper & The Stampede

The dreamy, psychedelic-folk rocker explains how a salvaged-spruce offset colored with gobs of vibe, chorus, and trem give her freewheeling, Dead-inspired journeys constant movement and flow.

Apr 26, 2019
Ep. #283: Trivium

The Florida metal quartet goes ampless.

Apr 22, 2019
Ep. #282 - Tab Benoit

The self-proclaimed drummer shows off the old Teles and loud signature combos that are the chosen recipe for his brand of bayou blues.

Apr 17, 2019
Ep. #281: Nickelback

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.

Apr 15, 2019
Ep. #280: Hozier

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.

Apr 10, 2019
Ep. #279: Adrian Belew

The former King Crimson genius details the gear he uses to conjure vintage fuzz tones, animal sounds, and quirky soundscapes.

Apr 08, 2019
Ep. #278: Failure's Ken Andrews [2019]

The sonic sorcerer illustrates how he meticulously builds the wall of textured sounds in the Axe-Fx III and details the creation of his new Electrical Guitar Company signature offset.

Apr 03, 2019
Ep. #277: Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman

Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman
talks in depth about his
upcoming signature model
and love for Mesa/Boogie

Apr 01, 2019
Ep. #276: Jake E. Lee

The fingers behind Ozzy’s Bark at the Moon shares the blisteringly loud setup used to power his new band, Red Dragon Cartel.

Mar 27, 2019
Ep. #275: August Burns Red

The Grammy-nominated outfit shows us the Ibanez guitars, Kiesel basses, and Kemper and Ampeg amps that ignite their metalcore sound.

Mar 25, 2019
Ep. #274: Brothers Osborne

Country music’s leading guitar tandem show us how they mix vintage axes and boutique pedals with high-powered amps and just a little bit of digital magic.

Mar 20, 2019
Ep. #273: John McLaughlin

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.

Mar 18, 2019
Ep. #272: Nick Raskulinecz

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.

Mar 13, 2019
Ep. #271: The Offspring

The punk-rock vet likes it both simple and high-tech, with signature Ibanez axes and an Axe-Fx combining to create a consistently brutal sonic punch.

Mar 11, 2019
Ep. #270: Jerry Douglas

A deep studio dive with one of the most recorded resonator players ever.

Mar 06, 2019
Ep. #269: Social Distortion [2015]

Guitarists Mike Ness and Jonny Wickersham show off their tried-and-true rock ’n’ roll machines.

Mar 04, 2019
Ep. #268: The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

We caught up with these two sons of American rock royalty—and their trove of storied guitars—as they were on their verge of launching their new Allman Betts Band.

Feb 27, 2019
Ep. 267: Joe Bonamassa - Amps [2009]

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

Feb 25, 2019
Ep. #266: The Struts

One of the U.K.’s most buzzed-about rock bands shares the stories behind their gear that has two settings—loud and louder.

Feb 20, 2019
Ep. #265: Tom Morello

Rock’s biggest “DJ” proves that even though his gear has been unchanged since the early ’90s, he still can rip out fresh ideas with ease and flair.

Feb 13, 2019
Ep. #263 Tyler Childers Band

The Appalachia crew prove that ripping T-styles seasoned with effects-rich pedal steel can still be in vogue in today’s country and Americana music.

Feb 06, 2019
Ep. #262: Steven Wilson [2019]

The king of modern prog rock unveils his monstrous pedalboard and surprising dual-amp setup.

Jan 30, 2019
Ep. #261: The Pixies

Get the lowdown on the axes, amps, and effects used by influential alt-rockers Charles Thompson and Joey Santiago.

Jan 21, 2019
Ep. #260: Emma Ruth Randle

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.

Jan 16, 2019
Ep. #259: Brent Mason

Nashville studio ace shows it’s more about chops than gear.

Jan 14, 2019
Ep. #258: Manchester Orchestra

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.

Jan 09, 2019
Ep. #256 - Tera Melos' Nick Reinhart

Warning for tone purists: The Willy Wonka of guitar glues pickups on a forgotten Squier and jams on a heap of throwaway misfits and boutique stomps to beep, bop, boop to his heart’s content.

Jan 02, 2019
Ep. #255: Conan O' Brien Band

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.

Dec 24, 2018
Ep. #254: Saves the Day

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.

Dec 19, 2018
Ep. #253: Brent Mason

Nashville studio ace shows it’s more about chops than gear.

Dec 17, 2018
Ep. #252: KT Tunstall

Armed with a deeply intricate pedalboard, some workhorse guitars, and a powerful Supro amp, the Scottish singer/songwriter creates mind-expanding loops with relative ease.

Dec 12, 2018
Ep. #251: Living Colour

Premier Guitar's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Park West in Chicago, IL, where she catches up with Living Colours' Vernon Reid and Doug Wimbish during their 2013 U.S. tour.

Dec 10, 2018
Ep. #250: Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown

Blues-rock firebrands Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford rely on loud amps and vintage guitars to get their message to the people.

Dec 05, 2018
Ep. #249: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

“Cooder-casters,” boutique amps, classic Gibsons, and a healthy amount of pedals give fire to Isbell’s brand of Southern-bred rock.

Dec 03, 2018
Ep. #248: Julien Baker

The melancholic, reverb-loving songstress talks about the Tele, Fender combos, and bountiful board she uses to fill theaters around the globe.

Nov 29, 2018
Ep. #247: Imagine Dragons

The band’s platinum pop-rock is fueled with amazingly customized axes, vintage Voxes, and plenty of sonic exploration.

Nov 26, 2018
Ep. #246: Marilyn Manson

Sure, collectible gear can be important to rockstars, but for this mayhem-filled gig, Paul Wiley and Juan Alderete opt for loudness and durability.

Nov 21, 2018
Ep. #245: Disturbed's Dan Donegan

PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar tech Trevor Cole who gives us a
look at Disturbed's Dan Donegan's array of guitars and lets us in on
how Dan has everything set up for their tour.

Nov 19, 2018
Ep. #244: Monster Magnet

The Space Lords take a pitstop to cover the everyman Gibsons, scorching Marshalls, and nasty fuzzes that ignite their psychedelic orbit.

Nov 14, 2018
Ep. #243: Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan runs through his live rig used on Mr. Big''s summer tour.

Nov 12, 2018
Ep. #242: Nine Inch Nails

Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini create the perfect drug for NIN fans with a bevy of heavy-hitting custom guitars and basses and a high-tech hybrid setup that marries digital with analog.

Nov 07, 2018
Ep. #241: Stanley Clarke

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

Nov 05, 2018
Ep. #240: Lynyrd Skynyrd [2018]

The Southern rock three-guitar army of original member Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Mark Matejka tells stories behind their vintage guitars, high-powered amps, and classic approach to tone.

Oct 31, 2018
Ep. #239: Death from Above 1979

Vintage pawn shop-type gear has become the sound of the Canadian punk duo.

Oct 29, 2018
Ep. #238: Minus the Bear [2018]

Before the band rides off into the sunset, they provide one last glimpse how they formed their tasty grooves over layered loops and IDM-inspired textures by way of Line 6 DL4s.

Oct 24, 2018
Ep. #237: Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez & Travis Stever

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.

Oct 22, 2018
Ep. #236: Shakey Graves

The Austin singer/songwriter’s retro-hip vibe is generated by some ’60s-style guitars, a few small-but-mighty amps, and a two-pedalboard setup.

Oct 17, 2018
Ep. #235: Keith Urban, Pt. 2: Amps and Effects

Jason Shadrick is On Location at the Mark in Moline, Ilinois. Guitar tech Chris Miller shows Jason a few of the amps and effects that Keith Urban uses on the Get Closer World Tour.

Oct 15, 2018
Ep. #234: FIDLAR

These DIY punkers prove you don’t need custom axes and pyrotechnics to spark a mosh pit and a good time.

Oct 10, 2018
Ep. #233: Uli John Roth

One of the pioneers of neo-classical metal demonstrates his exotic guitars through his ear-splitting setup.

Oct 08, 2018
Ep. #232: Ben Harper and Jason Mozersky

Get inside the sounds of one of the most revered slide players on the planet as he goes deep on lap steels, his philosophy on tone, and his mythical Dumbles.

Oct 03, 2018
Ep. #231: The Late Show with David Letterman Band

Get inside the gear of one of late night's most popular bands.

Oct 01, 2018
Ep. #230: Pokey LaFarge

The Americana stylist and his band favor a minimalist approach to create their throwback sounds.

Sep 26, 2018
Ep. #229: The War on Drugs

The indie rocker combines’ vintage Gibsons and Hiwatts with modern Fenders and a Bradshaw system.

Sep 24, 2018
Ep. #228: Henry Kaiser

A studio visit with the new gear-heavy improv/art-rock supergroup’s Henry Kaiser, Andy West, and Anthony Pirog.

Sep 19, 2018
Ep. #227: Samantha Fish

Tessa Jeffers is on location in Davenport, Iowa, where she checks out the guitarist's custom T-styles and combos that amplify her blues-rock jams.

Sep 17, 2018
Ep. #226: Widespread Panic

A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.

Sep 12, 2018
Ep. 225: JD Simo

Go gear-geekery deep with this Nashville ace who talks (and warns) about the addiction of playing vintage gear.

Sep 10, 2018
Ep. #224: Whitey Morgan and the 78's

The modern country outlaws follow only a few rules: beefy T-styles, American-voiced amps, and a healthy addiction to compression and phaser.

Sep 05, 2018
Ep. #223: Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Vincent Accardi

The Long Island alt-rockers spill the dirt on their beloved Fender guitars, outrageous fuzzboxes, and why they both prefer boutique cabs.

Sep 03, 2018
Ep. #222: Todd Rundgren Band

The multi-instrumentalist, producer, and all-around sonic shaman explains the origin story on his No. 1 “Foamy," discusses fixing Clapton’s “Fool” SG, and reveals how he stays musically energized after nearly 50 years.

Aug 29, 2018
Ep. #221: Minus the Bear

Premier Guitar is on location in Des Moines, Iowa, where PG's Shawn Hammond visits with guitarists Jake Snider, Dave Knudson and bassist Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear. In this segment, the guys talk about their current live setups and demonstrate the band's elaborate use of samplers.

Aug 27, 2018
Ep. #220: Joe Bonamassa [2018]

One of blues-rock’s biggest draws walks us through his staggering setup of Dumbles and signature tweed combos, holy grail Les Pauls and Fenders, and just a handful of off-the-rack pedals.

Aug 22, 2018
Ep. #219: Killswitch Engage

One of metalcore’s biggest bands allows PG to check out their signature instruments and the minimal gear they use to punish crowds on a nightly basis.

Aug 20, 2018
Ep. #218: Lindsay Ell

One of country music’s rising stars shares what legendary picker gave her a Mary Kay Strat and explains why she started painting guitars.

Aug 15, 2018
Ep. #217: Pelican

See how the twin-guitar attack rocks SGs, classic tube heads, and strategically set delays that help birth epic post-metal jams.

Aug 15, 2018
Ep. #216: Blackberry Smoke

The Southern rockers take no prisoners with their twin-guitar attack.

Aug 06, 2018
Ep. #215: G.E. Smith

After decades of backing up world-class artists and leading the SNL band, the famed Telemaster shares some of his tried-and-true gear secrets.

Aug 01, 2018
Ep. #214: Daniel Lanois

The man behind U2 and Emmylou Harris’ biggest albums shows us his live setup.

Jul 30, 2018
Ep. #213: Johnny A.

Get inside the fuzz-laded setup of one of guitardom’s most respected instrumentalists.

Jul 25, 2018
Ep. #212: Brad Paisley's Guitars

PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Moline, IL, where she catches up with Chad Weaver--Brad Paisley's guitar tech--and he walks us through Paisley's current lineup of guitars being used on the 2010 H2O World Tour. In this segment, you'll get to see various Bill Crook custom paisley telecasters, a few of Paisley's signature Gibson acoustics, and a newly purchased '65 refinished Stratocaster.

Jul 23, 2018
Ep. #211: U2's The Edge

Strats, Explorers, Les Pauls, AC30s, and a healthy amount of delay help form some of the most iconic tones ever recorded. Famed tech Dallas Schoo walks us through the ins and outs of Edge’s expansive setup.

Jul 18, 2018
Ep. #210: Russian Circles

Premier Guitar heads into Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago to catch up with Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan and Brian Cook during the recording of Memorial where the duo shows off their studio rigs and collection of boutique gear.

Jul 16, 2018
Ep. #209: Zao

Even on borrowed gear, the metalcore pioneers are able to bring the thunder with a handful of ESP guitars, some Mesa/Boogie firepower, and a stash of gnarly fuzz pedals.

Jul 11, 2018
Ep. #208: Creed's Mark Tremonti

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in Chicago, IL, at the Chicago Theatre where she catches up with Creed's guitarist Mark Tremonti. In this Rig Rundown segment, Tremonti talks to us about his slew of PRS guitars, his multi-amp setup (Mesa/Boogie, Bludotone, Fender, and Voodoo Amps), and his pedalboard featuring stompboxes from Dunlop, Voodoo Lab, and Electro-Harmonix.

Jun 25, 2018
Ep. #207: Guided by Voices

Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, and Bobby Bare Jr reveal how a few quirky vintage pedals, some classic amps, and a modest amount of utilitarian pedals get the job done night after night.

Jun 20, 2018
Ep. #205: Mastodon [2009]

PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at the Val Air Ballroom where he
visits backstage with Mastodon's Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher about
their current live rigs.

Jun 18, 2018
Ep. #205: Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

Go inside one of the hottest pop tours of 2018 and dig deep into the gear that Mike Scott, Elliott Ives, and JT himself take on the road.

Jun 14, 2018
Ep. #204: Jonny Lang [2014]

The bluesmaster shares some licks, talks signature guitars, and his tech breaks down his Fender combos and pedalboard setup.

Jun 11, 2018
Ep. #203: Red Fang

Witness how 5-string Krautsters, solid-state Sunn heads, and pitch shifters provide the stoner-metal band’s foundation for brute-force tones.

Jun 06, 2018
Ep. #202: The Cult's Billy Duffy

Duffy tells PG about the three-amp setup he uses to recreate the tones from "She Sells Sanctuary," "Fire Woman," and more on the Cult's Electric 13 tour.

Jun 04, 2018
Ep. #201: Stone Sour

Guitarists Josh Rand, Christian Martucci, and bassist Johny Chow provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.

May 30, 2018
Ep. #200: Jimmie Vaughan

See the stripped-down rig Vaughan uses to get his Texas blues-rock tones.

May 28, 2018
Ep. #199: The Breeders

For nearly 30 years, these alt-rock pioneers have created gristly tones full of attitude and angst. Find out how guitarist Kelley Deal and bassist Josephine Wiggs craft their signature tones.

May 23, 2018
Ep. #198: Incubus' Mike Einziger

PG's Chris Kies is on location in Tinley Park, IL, where he catches up with Incubus' guitarist Mike Einzinger who talks about his current touring rig that includes Ernie Ball/Music Man Guitars, Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, and an extensive pedalboard.

May 21, 2018
Ep. #197: The Black Angels

Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.

May 16, 2018
Ep. #196: Jennifer Batten

Not all rigs need to sacrifice power for size. The former guitarist for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck demonstrates her small, but mighty, setup.

May 14, 2018
Ep. #195: Mike Stern

Consistency is key when it comes to this jazz legend’s approach to gear. Check out how one of the most rocking jazzers gets his signature tone.

May 09, 2018
Ep. #194: Def Leppard [2014]

Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen take PG through their surprisingly tube-free rigs.

May 07, 2018
Ep. #193: The Mattson 2

Go inside the psych-jazz stylings of Jared Mattson and check out his wacky Japanese doubleneck that provides the midrange buzz and low-end thump for the duo.

May 02, 2018
Ep. #192: The Black Keys [2014]

We catch up again with tech Dan Johnson who goes over the equipment changes since 2012, including new kitschy guitars, kooky combos, and why the blues-rock juggernaut needs so much fuzz.

Apr 30, 2018
Ep. #191: Khruangbin

Witness how the Texas trio spawns their brand of atmosphere Thai-funk rock with an expansive use of ’verb and a pair of road-trodden, vintage-styled instruments.

Apr 25, 2018
Ep. #190: Fall Out Boy

The multi-platinum pop-punk band talks about signature guitars and the latest lineup in their never-ending gear swap.

Apr 23, 2018
Ep. #189: The Deer Hunter

Explore the three keys that propels the band’s progressive rock orbit: custom axes, pedal-platform tube amps, and stompboxes strengthened with modeling tech from Line 6.

Apr 18, 2018
Ep. #188: The Winery Dogs

The power-trio super group fulfills the promise, brings back rock armed with signature instruments from Fender and Yamaha.

Apr 16, 2018