The prog-metal juggernauts discuss how their signature axes cranked through Axe-Fx units create their brutal live tone.

Bassist Dan Briggs exclusively uses his Spector NS-2000/5 Dan Briggs Signature bass. It’s modeled after the NS-2000/5 model that Briggs has owned and played since he was 16 (that one stays at home and in the studio). The bass features neck-through construction with a 3-piece rock-maple neck, a rosewood fretboard, maple body wings, and a quilted-maple top. Spector fitted the bass with a pair of SSD Dual humbuckers as well as the company’s TonePump Jr. circuit.

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