Darkest Hour's cofounding guitarist details his brand-new signature ESP V and offers up sound secrets gleaned from producer/singer Brian McTernan.

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Mike has trusted Marshall with his live and recorded tone for years. Above are a few of his favorite JCMs and JMPs that he plugs into while on tour or in the studio. (It should be noted that the 900 is used by Be Well’s other guitarist Peter Tsouras.)


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