Cage Match: Tubes vs. Solid State & Modeling

You had to know something like this was coming. This debate has gone on since solid state amps were marketed to unsuspecting guitarists in the 60’s. This article will consider the conventional wisdom is that tube amps are always better. Thirty years ago, I might agree, but now it isn’t so simple. Solid State (or…

That’s Different: 10 Strangest Production Guitars

Tradition and the world of guitar are funny things. Innovation can breed new classics for future generations. Then we have the guitars on this list.

Talking Tone With Novembers Doom’s Larry Roberts

Chicago death/doom pioneers Novembers Doom have been at it for over two decades now, and they’ve seen many imitators come and go. And yet in all that time they’ve never been content to merely sit back and enjoy their status as co-authors of the genre; as new album Bled White will demonstrate, they continue to push forward into new territory while retaining their essential brutality and atmosphere. We caught up with guitarist Larry Roberts on the eve of the band’s European tour and the release of the album to talk doom.

Reader’s Choice Metal Amps

When the question “What’s Your Favorite Classic Rock Amp” was posed to Seymour Duncan readers a while ago, some very clear choices arose. So it seemed the next logical extension would be to detemine readers favorite amps for metal. We knew there might be some crosstalk between lists, but for the most part metal is its own beast, and prefers an amp capable of something way more assertive and aggressive than anything that could be considered “classic.” Some amps are just versatile enough to cover both territories. However, rather than just do another “Top 4” list, and since readers mentioned multiple models from various manufacturers, we’ll try to expand on many of the amps mentioned in the “metal” realm. Still, it’s no surprise the first choice was the…

Talking Tone With Skeletonwitch

Skeletonwitch has been making a name for themselves on stages from Ozzfest to the Jägermeister Presents Tour and all points in between since their formation in Ohio in 2003. That was when guitarist Scott Hedrick met his future bandmate and fellow guitarist Nate Garnette at Ohio University. They released their first album in 2004 and have…

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