PG's Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, NY, where he visits Rudy's Music. In this video segment, we get the tour of Pensa Guitar's Custom Shop & Repair. While the wood is not cut in NYC, everything else is done by hand in this small boutique shop. Here, we get to check out some Mark Knopfler models featuring quilted maple tops, mahogany bodies, hardtail or Floyd Rose bridges, and various pickup configurations. In addition, we get to see one of the ravaged guitars from the recent flood in Nashville as Keith Urban's Gibson needed some emergency TLC in order to do a performance that night in NYC.



PG's Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, NY, where he visits Rudy's Music. In this video segment, we get the tour of Pensa Guitar's Custom Shop & Repair.

While the wood is not cut in NYC, everything else is done by hand in this small boutique shop. Here, we get to check out some Mark Knopfler models featuring quilted maple tops, mahogany bodies, hardtail or Floyd Rose bridges, and various pickup configurations. In addition, we get to see one of the ravaged guitars from the recent flood in Nashville as Keith Urban's Gibson needed some emergency TLC in order to do a performance that night in NYC.

It’s ok for a guitar to not sound like a guitar.

As much as we all love juicy, organic guitar tones, it can be just as inspiring to go the opposite way. Combining various modulation effects, envelope filters, oscillators, and more can result in sounds that owe more to Kraftwerk than Led Zeppelin.

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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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