The former Gaslight Anthem frontman shares amp-mod electrocution tales, and shows off both impressive Mark Knopfler chops and his thick-necked custom Teles.

It all started because he was hunting down a touring sidekick that could match the sound of his vintage ’66 Fender Deluxe Reverb so he opted for this handwired ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb. However, the journey doesn’t end there, he fell down the rabbit hole of circuity and components. Because of a formal education in electronics, Fallon A/B’d every capacitor, resistor, power transformer, and tube he could get his hands on in order to lasso the tone in his head. And thanks to “Slucky” in the Hoffman Amps forum, he replaced the stock tube-driven tremolo with an early ’60s brownface-style modulation. He says he rebuilt the amp at least four times since owning it.

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  • 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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