German builder Uli Teuffel’s latest masterpiece is an homage to both Torres and Stradivari—but with a rocker’s heart. Watch PG’s exclusive video demo.

In this PG exclusive video, John Bohlinger gives you an up-close look at the exquisitely crafted Teuffel Antonio. Made of Honduran mahogany and ziricote, this one-of-a-kind solidbody is a visual tribute to both famed 19th-century Spanish guitar luthier Antonio Torres and legendary violin builder Antonio Stradivari. Despite its inspiration and visual vibe, Antonio features aged alnico magnets in a splittable neck-position humbucker that yields a surprising variety of tones.

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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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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