PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Francisco, CA, at this year's AES show talking with Mackie. They were showing off their latest guitar-related project from the Hotwire series, the VT12 amp. This baby not only had the crunch and sustain necessary and expected at 120 watts, but it has over five wattage positions for players to dial in for all types of gigs.



PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in San Francisco, CA, at this year's AES show talking with Mackie. They were showing off their latest guitar-related project from the Hotwire series, the VT12 amp. This baby not only had the crunch and sustain necessary and expected at 120 watts, but it has over five wattage positions for players to dial in for all types of gigs.

It’s ok for a guitar to not sound like a guitar.

As much as we all love juicy, organic guitar tones, it can be just as inspiring to go the opposite way. Combining various modulation effects, envelope filters, oscillators, and more can result in sounds that owe more to Kraftwerk than Led Zeppelin.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

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Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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