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These are a few of Aisha Loe's favorite things. Top row: Chase Bliss X LOE Ayahuasca Aya Fuzz Tremolo, MXR Phase 90, LOE Vibro pitch vibrato, Ibanez AD-9 Analog Delay, Boss PH-2 Super Phaser. Bottom row: Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard Harmonic Generator–Intermodulator, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man analog echo/chorus/vibrato, Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer, Jim Dunlop Bass wah.

Stompbox builder Aisha Loe on how a recent encounter with an old bandmate answered the age-old question once again.

I had a conversation with a dear friend and former bandmate recently, about how much using effects has inspired our musical directions and overall journeys as players. We smiled wide as we reminisced about what an epiphany it was for us, as new guitarists, to plug into a stompbox for the first time. For many, it's the initial experience of jamming with yourself. Fresh, exciting sounds are coming out. Inevitably, noodling ensues, which can often lead to bursts of creativity.

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You could WIN a Greenhouse Effects Deity in This week's All-new giveaway! Ends December 15, 2021.

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Sam Fender shares a moment with his saxophonist and childhood friend, Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis, at London's O2 Brixton Academy in September 2021.

Photo by Linda Brindley

The British songwriter traversed the bleak thoroughfares of his past while writing his autobiographical sophomore album, Seventeen Going Under—a tale of growing up down-and-out, set to an epic chorus of Jazzmasters and soaring sax.

British songwriter Sam Fender hails from North Shields, England, an industrial coastal port town near the North Sea, about eight miles northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. Fender grew up in this small village, which he calls "a drinking town with a fishing problem." He lived there with his mother on a council estate, a type of British public housing. This is the mise-en-scène for Sam Fender's coming-of-age autobiographical new album, Seventeen Going Under. On the album's cover, a photograph shows Sam sitting on a brick stoop.

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