I’m not completely sure on this, but I think the fine folks of Premier Guitar invented the rig video. If they didn’t, they’ve done enough of them at this point to be able to claim the title of innovator for sure. The influence of the format can be seen on many a fledgling website.

This month they turned their eye to the rigs of Slipknot’s Mick Thomson and Jim Root. They’re a bit more sparse than I would have assumed, but their music doesn’t really call for a plethora of different sounds, so they seem to be going for the gut.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.