A look at Brad Delson's touring gear, as well as his new favorite studio Strat.

Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson keeps these effects handy: Caroline Guitar Company Kilobyte, Dr. Scientist Reverberator, Electro-Harmonix HOG, EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR, EarthQuaker Devices Hummingbird, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail, Red Panda Particle, Strymon BigSky, Z.Vex Super Hard-On, and Z.Vex Mastotron.

On their latest album, The Hunting Party, Linkin Park aimed heavier. Guitarist Brad Delson tells us he was more inspired than ever with making his guitar sound insanely different. We’re excited to see the new setup Delson will bring out on tour this summer, but for now, here’s a look at what he brought on Living Things tour in 2012. Bonus: Check out the craziest-looking bass we’ve seen in a while.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.
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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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