Rig Rundown: Rise Against's Tim McIlrath & Zach Blair [2021]

Guitarists Tim McIlrath and Zach Blair enjoy tenacious tones with rock's mightiest tag team—Gibsons into Marshalls—aided by a few everyman effects and one mythical stomp.

Rise Against rose out of Chicago around Y2k on the back of roaring Gatling-gun guitars, blast-beat rhythms, and defiant, sharp-tongued social commentary. The band's first pair of albums—2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revolutions Per Minute—are blistering bangers rooted in traditional hardcore chaos, spiced up with fist-pumping, boot-stomping choruses.

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Cory Wong talks with Dirty Loops bassist Henrik Linder about their blistering, new collaboration, Turbo, how the band became an accidental YouTube sensation, playing with tempered frets, the changing role of bass in pop, and tips for increasing speed and improving technique. Plus … Flea!

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A phaser that delivers lo-fi grit and warm glitches but keeps you in your comfort zone.

Easy to achieve classic phaser sounds. Envelope controlled settings are interactive and fun. Intuitive controls.

Some settings can become overwhelming in 8-stage mode.

$199

Paradox Effects Carmesí
paradoxeffects.com

4.5
4
4.5
4

I'll admit to being a luddite when it comes to phasers, and I know I'm not the only one. All the great vintage models have only one or two knobs and great players have managed to do so much with so little for so long. Why change now? Isn't it kind of nice, when so many pedals have so many options, to have one effect that leaves us with little to think about?

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Thrice on Metallica & the Pixies | Hooked

Riff riflemen Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi open up about the two big influences that still impact and seep into their collective musical thumbprint.

A bargain klone delivers expensive OD tones.

Nice clarity and detail. Well made for the money. Effective extra midrange seasoning.

Not quite as euphonic as some of the best replicas or original Klon.

$129

76Owl Owldrive
76owl.com

4
4
4.5
4

Mythical, magical, mysterious … overrated? Whatever praises or criticisms you slather on the original Klon Centaur overdrive, there's no denying the way it captured the imagination of thousands of guitarists—and inspired underwhelmed observers to question why originals are worth several thousand dollars.

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Keeley Compressor Mini Demo | First Look

Killer clarity and vintage comp tones from a tiny squish machine.

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