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Alex Santilli
Alex Santilli created this axe from a yard-sale Squier Strat and spare parts from his guitar repair work. “The pickups came from an Epiphone S310,” he reports. “The pickguard is from an American Strat. All in all, the guitar plays and sounds pretty nice.”

Throughout the year we collect stories and photos of guitar-mod projects created by you, our dear readers. Some are so inspiring that we include them here in our annual Hot Rod issue.

Catalinbread Element Series Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz Demos PG Plays

Watch John Bohlinger test out the range and roar of these high-quality, sweet-spot boxes.

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All-new Artist-Series DynIR collection featuring 7 cabinets captured at MoonSun Studios in Laval, under veteran Capture Master, Andy Cherna (Diffusion Audio).
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Welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll have a look at a special Stratocaster wiring that’s known as the Ricky King wiring. Born in 1946, Ricky King is a well-known German instrumental guitarist who was very popular in Europe during the ’70s and ’80s, with some top-charting hits like “Verde,” “Le Rêve,” “Mare,” and “Hale, Hey Louise.” King, whose real name is Hans Lingenfelder, was also famous for his “toothpaste smile” when performing. I don’t think Ricky King was very popular in the United States, but his personal Stratocaster wiring is an interesting one, so I think you’ll have fun with this.

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Sick of hauling hefty amps? Here are a handful of solid options.

Whether you need watts to power a real-life cab or just real-amp sounds, these stomps are guaranteed to make your next load-in a whole lot easier.

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