From EVH to Auerbach, Joe Perry, and Vai—37 Boards You''ll Drool Over.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
KWS's board recently rebuilt by custom builder Helweg Custom Pedalboards features an MXR CAE wah and Boss TU-3, then in Switcher Loop 1: Dunlop Uni-Vibe, Switcher Loop 2: MXR CAE wah circuit mounted inside board, Switcher Loop 3: Chicago Iron Tycobrahe Octavia (modern), Switcher Loop 4: MXR Blue Box Fuzz, Switcher Loop 5: Analog Man King of Tone (newest version), Switcher Loop 6: Ibanez Hand-Wired TS808 Tube Screamer, and Switcher Loop 7: Analog Man Bi-Chorus, Switcher Loop 8: BK Butler Tube Driver (new model with Bias knob), JAM Pedals Delay Llama. Photo by Michael Helweg."

A father-and-son team work together to create an original, futuristic gold guitar, and the result is extremely satisfying.

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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.

Photo by Chad Kelco

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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