Guitar’s power couple of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi share the stories behind their rigs, and bassist Tim Lefebvre walks us through his trippy pedal setup.

After playing vintage Fender Super Reverbs for years, Trucks recently switched to two Alessandro AZZ models. The Alessandros run into an open-back 4x10 cabinet loaded with two different speaker types developed by George Alessandro and built by Eminence. Two of the speakers have a larger ceramic driver, and the other two have a lightweight neo driver.

Thanks to Ryan “Murph” Murphy and Bobby Tis for their help.

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Can an entry-level modeler hang with the big dogs?

Excellent interface. Very portable. Nice modulation tones.

Some subpar low-gain dirt sounds. Could be a little more rugged.

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The allure of portability and sonic consistency has become too much to ignore for some guitarists, making smaller digital modelers more appealing than ever.

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"'If I fall and somehow my career ends on that particular day, then so be it," Joe Bonamassa says of his new hobby, bicycling. "If it's over, it's over. You've got to enjoy your life."

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For his stylistically diverse new album, the fiery guitar hero steps back from his gear obsession and focuses on a deep pool of influences and styles.

Twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a struggling musician living in New York City. He survived on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ramen noodles that he procured from the corner bodega at Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. Like many dreamers waiting for their day in the sun, Joe also played "Win for Life" every week. It was, in his words, "literally my ticket out of this hideous business." While the lottery tickets never brought in the millions, Joe's smokin' guitar playing on a quartet of albums from 2002 to 2006—So, It's Like That, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today, and You & Me—did get the win, transforming Joe into a guitar megastar.

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