The Swedish prog-metal sorcerers dish on their longstanding PRS ties and uncover why they traded traditional tube amps for swappable high-gain Synergy modules.

Holding down lead guitar duties in Opeth since 2007, Fredrik Åkesson knows his way around the fretboard. And before the band’s first Ryman performance, the self-admitted “gear dork” shows off the cavalcade of PRS 6-strings he and singer/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt use onstage, explains the band’s move from tube heads to miniature modules designed by Dave Friedman and Steve Vai, and demos the core colors of his live tone.


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