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The Hives’ Nicholaus Arson

The Hives cofounder stayed true to his first love during most of the band’s high-energy performance. Arson rocks a vintage Fender Telecaster Custom with a hot bridge pickup. He never uses neck pickups—there's not even a switch. Learn about the rest of Nicholaus’ gear in this Rig Rundown.

So many varied ways to phase for days.

Sweet, distinct phase voice. Resonance, mix, range, and volume controls expand tone-shaping possibilities significantly. High quality.

Expensive.

$279

Spaceman Explorer
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Spaceman effects tend to be cherished, treasured, and, in some cases, driven to insane resale market prices because they reliably sound fantastic. But Spaceman pedals are also rare creatures. And even its most popular pedals tend to come and go—often disappearing before real players can beat collectors to the punch. The analog, 6-stage optical Explorer phaser, however, is the unusual Spaceman pedal that is reappearing in the wild after a hiatus. It returns in a more compact enclosure. But this time out the Explorer offers access to six additional waveforms that build on an already expansive modulation vocabulary.

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