Brittany Howard: why you should never clean your pickups

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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard is an avowed Gibson SG electric guitar player, but there’s one SG in particular that holds pride of place in her heart – her early ‘80s Custom in Inverness Green.

As for what makes it so special? Among other things, its grime-covered pickups.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.