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GALLERY: Russian Circles Gear at Electrical Audio in Chicago

Earlier this year, Premier Guitar went into Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio with Russian Circles as they recorded their fifth studio album, Memorial. We give you an inside look at the gear of this legendary music-making space.

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This Garnet BTO is one of the rarest amps in Electrical Audio’s collection. The 120-watt amp is monstrously loud—and so powerful that they’ve been known to melt the voice coils of cabinet speakers—and sports a built in tube-driven fuzz and tremolo. Interestingly, the BTO moniker stands for “Big Time Operator,” rather than “Bachman Turner Overdrive,” which is an old wives’ tale amongst gear hounds.