Try to keep your skull glued on while geeking out on the gear the Grammy-winning producer uses to make epic albums with Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Korn, Rush, Mastodon, and others.

This Neumann U 47 FET is Nick’s favorite guitar microphone. “These mikes can handle so much volume and they’ve got such a giant bandwidth that they sound great in front of guitar cabinets,” he says. “Most of the time you don’t even need EQ.”

D'Addario Micro Tuner:http://ddar.io/Micro.Tuner

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Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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