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Tommy Emmanuel Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger met with Tommy Emmanuel, AM, CGP at Artisan Guitars in Franklin, TN for an epic 43-minute one-on-one rundown of his gear. They discussed his signature Australian-built Maton guitars, the sparse gear he uses to get his huge sound (a Boss TU tuner, an AER Pocket Tools Colourizer, and an AER Compact 60 amp, just in case you’re wondering), and his real secret weapons: his hands and soundman Steve Law. We also get a taste of Tommy’s immaculate playing as he talked about his style and how it and his gear inform one another.

Tommy has to be one of the nicest and most humble guys in the business, mostly because he doesn’t see it as a business but as his life’s mission and purpose. If you have the time, I highly recommend watching the entire interview.


Def Leppard Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger talks guitars and gear with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and their respective techs Scott Appleton and Dave Wolff, as well as Rick Savage's tech Roger Veage. For more information and lots of photos, visit the video's accompanying article.

Premier Guitar talks gear with Brian May and his long-time tech Pete Malandrone during Queen’s summer tour with Adam Lambert

Dave Ellefson and Frank Bello talk bass gear with Sweetwater Music’s Mitch Gallagher for the Guitars & Gear series

Yep. More bass.

Coheed & Cambria Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar’s Rebecca Dirks catches up with Claudio Sanchez’s guitar tech and Travis Stever for a run-through of the guitars, amps, and effects Coheed & Cambria are using on tour.

Oh, and Gibson Explorer. Coolest. Guitar. Ever.

Foo Fighters’ Chris Shifflet talks Telecasters, Dead Peasants, and Foo Fighters with Premier Guitar

Maybe I Shouldn’t Be Saying That

Premier Guitar Rig Rundown with Scott Ian

The lovely Rebecca Dirks of Premier Guitar catches up with Anthrax guitarist and founder Scott Ian to get a run-through of his rig and the stable of guitars he’s currently playing through in concert. But I’m sorry, how many guitars can he have to have lost track of one for over 20 years?!


I Am An Obsessive Compulsive Freak

Sabian Obsessed: Mike Portnoy

When I’m into something, it’s full-blown. I don’t casually get into anything.

Mike Portnoy talks with Sabian about his ultimate obsession, collecting. His collections include, among other things, replica drum kits, movies, music CDs and DVDs, and magazines, all meticulously curated and organized.

I Do Tend To Get Very Enthusiastic

Sabian Obsessed: Neil Peart

Neil Peart talks about his obsessions in Sabian’s Obsessed series: the written word (both reading it and writing it), motorcycling, and (naturally) cymbals.

The Notes Go Right Into Your Heart

Paul Gilbert runs through his rig for Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar runs through Billy Sheehan’s bass rig

It’s time for another rig rundown with Premier Guitar. This time, in lieu of having their techs go through their rigs, Mr. Big shred-meisters Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan discuss their guitars, amps and effects themselves, all the while displaying how genuinely nice and down-to-earth they both are. No rockstar egos here, boys and girls. The only question I have is … where’s Rebecca?!


Runnin’ Down A Dream

John Petrucci’s Rig Rundown

Rundown of John Myung’s Rig

The gear geeks over at Premier Guitar have done it again, bringing us rig rundowns for the Johns of Dream Theater. Rebecca Dirks runs through the guitars, effects, amps, and setups for bassist John Myung and guitarist John Petrucci with their techs John Zocco and Maddi Schieferstein.

Remember, kids, you gotta put on a rack show. Oh, and the square root of evil is 25.80697580112788.


It’s Guitar Player Science, So It Sorta Works

Billy Gibbons’ gear rundown with Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar's Rebecca Dirks gets the low-down on Billy Gibbons' rig with guitar tech Elwood Francis. This gear rundown takes us through Billy's guitars, effects, and amp settings. The biggest revelation of the entire video? Billy uses really skinny strings. 007's to be exact. The Dunlop Billy Gibbons signature Rev. Willy’s Mexican Lottery Brand .007’s to be even more exact. .007’s?! And according to Francis, he’s never broken a string during his tenure as Billy’s tech. Wow.


And He Does Hit Very Hard

Rhythm magazine gets a tour of Neil Peart’s newest drum kit

Watch as Neil Peart’s drum tech Lorne Wheaton gives UK’s Rhythm magazine the rundown on the Time Machine tour drum kit.

We Are Les Paul Heavy In A Very Good Way

Guitar tech Scott Appleton runs down Alex Lifeson’s rig for Harmony Central

Here’s yet another gear rundown—albeit the most in-depth of the ones featured here—of Alex Lifeson’s rig for the Time Machine tour. Enjoy!