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Articles by Michael Ross

Spoiled Guitarists: That Guitar Costs How Much?!

February 10, 2014
Are guitarists spoiled or lucky?
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Builder Profile: XAct Tone Solutions

August 22, 2013
Greg Walton and Barry O’Neal of the Nashville-based pedal outfit talk about the stompboxes and effect systems they’ve built for Tom Petty, Oz Noy, Keith Urban, and other top players.
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Interview: Josh Smith: Artist vs. Demo Artist

August 12, 2013
How the L.A.-based bluesman balances demo videos, sessions, tours, and a rejuvenated solo career.
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Builder Profile: Visual Sound

May 11, 2013
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.
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Builder Profile: Bob Bradshaw

February 4, 2013
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.
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J.D. Simo: The Bandstand and The Bible of Classic Rock

February 4, 2013
Photo by Sean Marshall Studios Nashville’s JD Simo is a graduate of the Don Kelley school of honky-tonk, proving ground for some of the world’s best pickers. Other alumni
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On A Bender: Gibson and Joe Glaser's Les Paul Junior B-Bender

January 9, 2013
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.
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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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