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Watch AC/DC Rig Rundown

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In a new Rig Rundown, Premier Guitar‘s Chris Kies caught up with AC/DC techs Trace Foster and Greg Howard for a close look at the gear that is driving their massive show.

After taking an in-depth look at Angus Young’s rig with Foster to start the clip, Howard shares some fascinating insight into the gear of Stevie Young, who joined the band after Malcolm retired in 2014 due to illness.

To keep the sound consistent, Stevie borrowed his uncle’s 1963 Gretsch G6131 Jet Firebird.  Malcolm’s No. 2 has become Stevie’s go-to axe for the Rock or Bust tour. His backup Jet Firebird is another gift from his uncle, a model that was originally left-handed.

Find out more about the features that make his sound unique by watching the clip below!

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Premier Guitar Reviews the G2622T Streamliner in Quick Hits Feature

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In the August issue of Premier Guitar, Jason Shadrick reviews the G2622T Streamliner Center Block with Bigsby in the magazine’s “Quick Hits” feature.

The short and sweet spot offers a quick overview of the Streamliner’s feature set, and praises the guitar for aesthetics, value and versatility.

“Now, more than ever, this tried-and-true tonal recipe has migrated into the good graces of modern red-dirt country-radio jams and the next generation of Cult-inspired hard rockers,” writes Shadrick.

Shadrick also awarded the G2622T Streamliner with 4 out of 5 stars for Tones, Playability and Build/Design, and gave it a 4.5 star rating for Value.

Click here to read the full review and listen to two demos.

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Premier Guitar Channels Scotty Moore for New Guitar Lesson

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Ever wonder how to achieve that classic sound Scotty Moore made famous? Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger straps on a White Falcon, and breaks down the galloping techniques that will have you strumming like Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist in no time.

Watch Bohlinger’s step-by-step instruction below to easily master the I-IV-V cascading progression, complete with picking patterns.

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Premier Guitar Explores New Collections at NAMM

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PG Blog NAMMPremier Guitar stopped by the Gretsch booth at the 2016 NAMM Show to get a glimpse of the new Streamliner, Golden Era and Players Editions Collections.

Watch Gretsch’s Joe Carducci demo and discuss these new instruments below.

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Premier Guitar Spotlights a Vintage Gretsch 1957 6120

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Vintage Gretsch '57 6120Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger sat down recently with Lloyd Nicely of Gruhn Guitars to demo a vintage Gretsch 1957 6120 for an “Axes & Artifacts” segment.

In the video, Nicely explains the unique features that Gretsch built for Chet Atkins based on what they believed the musician would desire in an instrument. (Later, Gretsch would work directly with Atkins to design a guitar to his exact specifications, which led to the introduction of the G6122 model.)

The ’57 G120 features the “Cadillac” of bound bodies and is equipped with a three-way toggle, two DeArmond Dynasonic pickups and a black enamel Bigsby tailpiece. As pointed out in the clip, during the ‘50s-era the Bigsby was a luxury piece that cost a whopping $75 back in the day. To put that in perspective, the entire guitar could be purchased for roughly $295, so the Bigsby alone cost nearly one-third of the guitar!

Lloyd also describes the key features that peg this guitar as a product of 1957, which include hump top inlays and Brazilian rosewood. Also, this model pre-dates the zero fret feature that Atkins introduced in ’59 to bring more sustain to the guitar.

Watch the video below to learn all about this gorgeous guitar, and hear it ring while played through a 1961 Fender Bassman.

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