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

Wolfgang Van Halen
"Top: Wolf's effect rack is simpler and yet perhaps a tad more adventurous than dad's. It houses a Furman PL-Plus power conditioner/light module, a Whirlwind Multi Selector for quick changes between wireless packs on different basses, two Shure UR4D wireless receivers and a Shure antenna unit, a half-rack amp-selector built by RJM Music, and a pedal drawer housing an EVH/MXR Phase 90, an MXR Fullbore Metal, an Electro-Harmonix Micro POG, a Way Huge Pork Loin, an EVH/MXR Flanger, a Strymon TimeLine, and a G-Lab PB-1 power supply. Out of view at the bottom of the rack is an RJM Effect Gizmo Audio Loop Switcher. Bottom: His pedalboard features a Rack Systems signal router (top left), a G-Lab PB-1 power supply (middle), a Whirlwind A/B box (top right), an RJM MasterMind MIDI footcontroller (bottom middle), and a Dunlop Cry Baby Bass wah.

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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