Michael Ross is a writer/musician/producer/bon vivant living in Nashville. He curates guitarmoderne.com, dedicated to avant-garde and experimental guitar, and contributes to Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, and Sound On Sound. He is the author of Getting Great Guitar Sounds and All About Effects.
As a teenager, Bob Weil taught himself how to build
stompboxes by disassembling off-the-rack pedals and adding
the features he wanted. Before long, he was coming up with his
own designs and taking them to industry trade shows. Then he
enlisted the help of DIY pedal guru R.G. Keen, and the two came
up with their now-famous line of stompboxes that fall
somewhere between boutique and mainstream.
In the early 1980s, Bob Bradshaw paired his engineering skills with his passion for music and guitars. Before long, he was one of the most talked-about and sought-after builders of amp- and effects-switching systems on the planet—a tech to stars like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Mike Landau, Steve Lukather, and countless others.
Gibson Guitars and Nashville luthier Joe Glaser team up to create the Les Paul Junior B-Bender––A guitar that takes pedal-steel-style wailing to the masses and opens it to a whole new world of tonal possibilities.
How former Black Keys tour manager Jamie Stillman went from hanging with Dan Auerback to reverse-engineering an old pedal and founding one of the most creative and futuristically retro stompbox outfits in the biz.
The forward-thinking makers of the Hot Hand and the Soundblox stompboxes discuss the genesis, evolution, and future of their powerhouse pedals–and the maddening uphill battle they face from digital-averse players.