The guitarist/producer reveals how an EHX Pitch Fork downsized his touring guitar boat, and admits the difficulties of cherry-picking stomps for the band's spiraling, atmospheric odysseys.

While recording a band at his Silver Bullet Studios and hearing the guitarist’s Tele Deluxe through his own Marshall JMP, Teti knew he needed to acquire a dual-humbucker T. He scooped the above Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe (finished in shoreline gold) and put some major time into overhauling the axe into his No. 1. He swapped out the standard CS1 and 2 pickups for Seymour Duncan Sentient and Nazgul and replaced the barrel-style bridge with a more comfortable stainless-steel-saddle bridge (alleviating the string posts cutting into his picking hand). Currently working on TWIABP’s fourth LP, this one has spent the most time in Chris’ hands. This champagne-esque number uses Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (.011 –.048).

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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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