PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico Guitars booth. In this segment, we get a rundown on several of their guitars, including the Apache Teardrop, the Apache Solidbody, the Ambassador Flattop acoustic, the Excel-SS and the 16" Archtop. The Excel-SS features a laminated flame maple top, back, and sides complete with bound f-holes. Its neck is a two-piece maple with a center stripe and its fingerboard is made of ebony. The 16" New Yorker has a carved spruce top and figured maple back and sides. The Apache solidbody prototype has Lollar Imperial humbuckers and reconstituted fretboard inlays.



PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico Guitars booth. In this segment, we get a rundown on several of their guitars, including the Apache Teardrop, the Apache Solidbody, the Ambassador Flattop acoustic, the Excel-SS and the 16" Archtop.

The Excel-SS features a laminated flame maple top, back, and sides complete with bound f-holes. Its neck is a two-piece maple with a center stripe and its fingerboard is made of ebony.

The 16" New Yorker has a carved spruce top and figured maple back and sides.

The Apache solidbody prototype has Lollar Imperial humbuckers and reconstituted fretboard inlays.

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.

Photo by Chad Kelco

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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