The former-Misfits guitarist runs us through his punk-rock minimalist setup and details how he builds his own guitars.

While on tour with Glenn Danzig in Nashville, Tennessee, Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein met with Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger to detail his rig.

Guitars
Doyle’s main guitars are his own design—he drew the shape on a textbook jacket way back in high school—and he machines the parts himself in his father’s shop. They feature a graphite neck-through design with detachable wings, a single Seymour Duncan Invader pickup, and a Floyd Rose Original bridge that Doyle modified to function as a stop-tail bridge. Why? He says it has fewer sharp edges to cut himself on while thrashing about onstage.

Amps
“I like bottom,” says Doyle, “I don’t like midrange … I want to feel it.” Which explains why he swears by Ampeg SVT Classic tube bass heads driving Celestion-loaded 4x12 cabinets of—you guessed it—his own design.

Effects
Given the raw, unbridled power of the guitar parts in classic Misfits tunes, as well as the down-tuned metal of Doyle’s eponymous side project, it’s no surprise that his pedalboard is barebones: An MXR DC Brick powers a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, a HardWire SC-2 Valve Distortion, and a custom A/B box that switches between two Line 6 Relay G50 wireless transmitters.

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"I don’t like any type of art that has to be explained."

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