How “Hot for Teacher,” a homemade mic, and a B.B. King-inspired signature axe factor into a repertoire that mixes Queens of the Stone Age sizzle with modern pop hooks.

Many guitarists dream of being approached by a company to design a signature instrument and earlier this year Epiphone honored Wolfe with her own axe based on her Sheraton sidekick. Not officially unveiled until 2021, this prototype features diamond f-holes (much like the sigs for Trini Lopez and Dave Grohl), matte black finish, lightning bolt inlays, a master tone knob (Emily sometimes has problems stretching down to grab the fourth knob on her old Sheraton), and a set of ProBuckers.


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A father-and-son team work together to create an original, futuristic gold guitar, and the result is extremely satisfying.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

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Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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