Guitarists Kerry McCoy and Shiv Mehra might have similar tastes in gear, but their approach to combining modern metal riffs with soundscape samples sets them apart.

Kerry McCoy tours with two Dunable guitars. His No. 1 is this Moonflower model featuring a walnut body and neck, wenge fretboard with flame maple binding, Dunable Grizzly pickups, Grover Sta-Tite tuners, and a dive-bombing Kahler bridge. This is a body shape/style that Intronaut guitarist/luthier Sacha Dunable normally doesn’t build, but he asked Sacha to build his version of Kerry’s rare blue Les Paul that he used to favor.

Special thanks to day-to-day manager Dan Nakhoul for all his help.

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A maze of modulation and reverberations leads down many colorful tone vortices.

Deep clanging reverb tones. Unexpected reverb/modulation combinations.

Steep learning curve for a superficially simple pedal.

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SolidGoldFX Ether
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