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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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Nope, this isn’t a fake—it’s an actual Z.Vex Super Hard-On booster, and one of the earliest models to boot. According to Zachary Vex himself, it’s one of the first SHO’s that he assembled and labeled himself back in 1996. He gave it to Steve Albini right after he finished it because its sound reminded him of Shellac. Vex claims that even he doesn’t own one this old, which makes this box extra unique.