the black angels

Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.

This instrument started it all. This is Christian Bland’s main baby and he’s had it since the band formed in the early 2000s. He scored this 1978 Rickenbacker 345 on eBay after getting his SG stolen from bandmate Alex Maas’ house. Being a big Beatles fan, he always wanted a Rickenbacker and had to settle for this model even though John used 325 and 325-12 models. (Lefties can’t be too picky.) He uses D’Addario Pure Nickel (.011 sets) on all his guitars and shreds with Dunlop Orange Tortex .60 mm picks.

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Bogner's beastliest amp is made miniature—and still slays.

Excellent sounds in a portable and very affordably priced package.

A footswitchable clean channel and onboard reverb would make it perfect.

$329

Bogner Ecstasy Mini
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The original Bogner Ecstasy, released in 1992, is iconic in heavy rock circles. Though it was popularized and preferred by rock and metal artists (Steve Vai and Brad Whitford were among famous users), its ability to move from heavy Brit distortion to Fender-like near-clean tones made it appealing beyond hard-edged circles. Even notorious tone scientist Eric Johnson was enamored with its capabilities.

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Rig Rundown: IDLES

See how chaotic co-pilots Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan bring five pedalboards to mutilate, mangle, and mask their guitars into bass, synth, hip-hop beats, raging elephant sounds, and whatever “genk” is.

Do you hear that thunder? That’s the sound of strength in numbers. Specifically, it's the sound of four 100-watt stacks. (Actually, one is a 200-watt bass tube head.) IDLES’ guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan finally have the firepower to match their fury. (Original members singer/lyricist Joe Talbot, drummer Jon Beavis, and bassist Adam Devonshire fill out the band. Kiernan took over for guitarist Andy Stewart after 2015 EP Meat was released.)

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