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Voices Of Metal: Nightrage

By Martina Fasano Founded by Marios Illipoulos and Gus G, Nightrage is certainly band with plenty of shred-worthy guitar work. As the founder of the band, Illipolous has enlisted the help of some fantastic musicians in past lineups of the band. In July of 2016, Magnus Söderman (guitars) and Lawrence Dinamarca (drums) were added to the lineup and that created a creative synergy that Marios could […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Glen Drover

By Martina Fasano It’s easy to introduce Glen Drover as the former axe-slinger for influential bands such as King Diamond and Megadeth, but as a guitarist, Drover is more than just an encyclopedic entry listed under “past members.” When iconic metal band Testament needed a quick study to fill in for Alex Skolnick due to his commitment to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2008, they called upon […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses have been breaking some serious ground in the country scene. Rolling Stone credited them with bringing back southern rock, and their song ‘Smoke’ has set a new Country Aircheck radio chart record for highest debut by a new act. They’re now recording their second album after wrapping up a year long U.S. tour and finishing a live album from London. We caught up […] Continue Reading

Get To Know Us: Max Gutnik

  Meet Max Gutnik. Max is our Senior Vice President of New Products and Chief Revenue Officer. He’s also a heck of a guitarist and if you ever visit us at our Santa Barbara HQ, chances are good that you’ll hear Max shredding away in his inimitable style. Max has a long history of music innovation (ever plugged into an Eleven Rack or Helix? Max played […] Continue Reading

Get To Know Us: Co-Founder & CEO Cathy Carter Duncan

What is your earliest memory of music? I was probably in a musical desert. There were two albums and I was the only person in my family who listened to them. One was Tchaikovsky and the other was a flamenco album with a red cover, and I would listen to that and pretend I was a dancer. Later I would buy promotional copies of albums like Neil […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Blues Saraceno

By Martina Fasano Most of you will know Blues Saraceno from his solo work, his time playing with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream), or his stint with poison. A lot of fans will remember his Parallel Axis Blues Saraceno pickups, and his regular appearance in guitar magazines around the world. Don’t let Blues hear you say “How come Blues Saraceno isn’t releasing any new music?” […] Continue Reading

Wes Hauch’s Schecter PT Signature Model

Wes Hauch is a monster on the guitar. As a member of The Faceless he cut an imposing figure of shredsmanship. As touring guitarist with They Art is Murder he fit right in. You’ve seen his great pickup demo videos and if you’re no doubt waiting with excitement for his forthcoming collaboration with Keith Merrow. And now he’s joined Black Crown Initiate. (“It’s a really rare […] Continue Reading

Meet Mark Holcomb’s New PRS SE Signature

Flash back to Winter NAMM 2015: one of the hottest, most talked-about guitars on show was Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition Paul Reed Smith signature. Here was an instrument that filled a previously un-catered-to niche in the PRS line-up: a 25.5” scale length (compared to the regular 25”), a 20” fretboard radius (against a typical 10”), and Mark’s Seymour Duncan Custom Shop signature Alpha and […] Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Bad Religion’s Brian Baker

By Elysse Miller I feel fortunate to have grown up during the punk and industrial heyday. One of the pillars of punk, Bad Religion, recently embarked on a new tour that started in Ventura, California. I watched in admiration as these legends played for hours, spanning their entire catalog and hitting their fans with the biting energy they are known for. Continue Reading

Dino Cazares Talks Retribution Pickups

Dino Cazares has used active pickups to shape his sound from the first Fear Factory album onwards. Dino goes way back with our active Blackouts – in fact, he was one of the players we consulted with when we developed them, and he gave us invaluable feedback in voicing the final versions. But the original Blackouts aren’t signature Dino pickups: that honor is reserved for the […] Continue Reading