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Philippe Herndon

Philippe Herndon

Philippe Herndon is the founder and chief product designer at Caroline Guitar Company. One day he might actually get around to making a guitar. He likes pretty much any British TV series that NetFlix recommends for him.

ARTICLES

State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
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State of the Stomp: FAQs From Pedalworld

June 13, 2018
Philippe Herndon replies to readers about digital emulation, “magic ears” designers, truth in advertising, and knowing when an idea is fully hatched.
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State of the Stomp: Reflections on an A/DA Flanger

March 7, 2018
What a great vintage stompbox can tell a contemporary pedal builder.
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State of the Stomp: The Future—Younger, More Female, or Else!

December 3, 2017
Are guitars going the way of the saxophone?
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State of the Stomp: Building Chris Cornell’s Cannonballs

August 28, 2017
Our columnist recounts making custom pedals for the late rock giant, and mourns his passing.
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State of the Stomp: Play Like a Girl (Scout)

June 15, 2017
Leave the songs your guitar visits better than they were before it arrived.
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State of the Stomp: Endorse This!

March 7, 2017
How to get the attention of manufacturers—for better and worse.
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State of the Stomp: Be the Change

December 6, 2016
Breaking with routine can be the best way to make real trouble and noise. Do it!
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State of the Stomp: Say “Yes” to New Sounds

August 29, 2016
With electric guitar, tone is as important as content.
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State of the Stomp: Overdriven to Tears

June 15, 2016
Why are there so many overdrive pedals on the market? It’s your fault!
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State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

April 1, 2016
In the real world, noise happens.
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State of the Stomp: What’s the Point?

December 21, 2015
Like scaling Everest, we do it because we can.
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Paranormal Pedals

December 17, 2015
Six bizarre stomps that warped the minds of top builders.
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State of the Stomp: They’re Just as Dumb as We Are!

September 11, 2015
Seek advice—but don’t automatically believe it.
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State of the Stomp: The Myth of “Real” Guitar Tone

May 21, 2015
Once you’ve plugged in, you’re making electronic music. Deal with it.
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State of the Stomp: More Sounds from Fewer Pedals

March 3, 2015
Sometimes you get more drama from a single high-gain pedal than from several redundant overdrives.
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