October 2016

Articles by Michael Ross

Builder Profile: EarthQuaker Devices

September 5, 2012
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.
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Builder Profile: Source Audio

June 8, 2012
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.
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Forgotten Heroes: Johnny "Guitar" Watson

May 11, 2012
Johnny "Guitar Watson Born: February 3, 1935 Died: May 17, 1996 Best Known For: A pioneer and innovator of blues, R&B, and electric funk guitar, Watson influenced a wide
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Oz Noy: Wizard of Weird

December 20, 2011
What do legends like Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Will Lee, and Vinnie Colaiuta have in common? They''re all blown away by Oz Noy''s quirky, stompbox-abusing blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock. Here he talks about his latest Tour De Force, Twisted Blues, Vol. 1.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Bigsby

November 17, 2011
Although Paul Bigsby isn''t known as much for his luthiery as his vibrato, his early instruments had a profound impact on iconic designs by Leo Fender and Gibson—and thus on the evolution of the electric guitar in general.
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Avant Guitar 101: Alternate Attacks

September 20, 2011
Five of the freakiest, most out-there experimental guitar pioneers talk about wielding bizarre implements— everything from chopsticks to electric fans—in a tireless quest to discover new modes of 6-string expression.
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Dingwall Custom I Electric Guitar Review

September 13, 2011
A boutique blend of Tele twang with Filter''Tron-style pickups and Bigsby.
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Secrets of Saturation

August 16, 2011
The PG guide to demystifying boost, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz.
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Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

July 19, 2011
Besides playing on so many sessions and hits that they called him “Mr. 2500,” Cornell Dupree was a favorite of major-label producers and superstars alike because he could come in and lay down tight, soulful tracks for Aretha Franklin, and then show up the next day to hit a home run for Paul Simon or Miles Davis.
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Paul Trombetta Design Tornita! Pedal Review

July 19, 2011
Trombetta’s work drew the attention of experimental guitarist and soundtrack composer David Torn—or that he and Trombetta would conspire on a pedal to suit Torn’s needs. The result is the Tornita!
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Forgotten Heroes: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

April 19, 2011
The second installment in our new series on players who’ve shaped the history of guitar highlights an incredibly soulful gospel singer who transcended race and gender and presaged rock ’n’ roll with her white Gibson 1961 SG/Les Paul and cranked tube amps.
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Builder Profile: Studio California

March 15, 2011
Paul Wilczynski tells how his industrial design background and love of vintage guitars led him to becoming Rickenbacker’s only licensed electric restorer and their only licensed builder of new Ricky acoustics.
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Koll Tornado Electric Guitar Review

November 16, 2010
A P-90 equipped boutique beauty
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Stomp Under Foot Ram's Head Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
A compact fuzz inspired by the "ram''s head" Big Muff Pi
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Cusack Effects Pedal Board Tamer Review

October 20, 2010
Make presets of your effects to manage your pedal switching
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Maxon ST-9 Pro+ Super Tube Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
A variation on the classic green overdrive
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Schroeder Edge Doublecut Electric Guitar Review

September 21, 2010
The Edge''s complex pickup configuration and build quality make for a versatile, beautiful instrument
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Sonuus G2M MIDI Converter Review

September 21, 2010
An easy solution for going MIDI
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Lovepedal Echo Baby, Babyface Tremolo, Pickle Vibe, and Amp 50 Pedal Reviews

August 17, 2010
Lovepedal''s mini''s bring the company''s quality tones to ultra-compact packages
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Hanson Firenze T-90 Electric Guitar Review

August 17, 2010
The T-90 blends Tele-style twang with P-90 growl in a striking-looking package
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