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The Truth About Salvage Custom

The Truth About Salvage Custom

IT SOUNDED like a good plan. A freelance marketing specialist, with a nice little group of clients, decides to use a bit of downtime during a big project to build himself a pedalboard. Already a handy woodworker, the results of the initial build are impressive enough that he opts to share his creation with friends and local musicians. The feedback is phenomenal, with a few folks even willing to place an order for their own boards.  more...
M.I. knows MI

M.I. knows MI

YOU MAY know Sydney-based MI Audio for their popular and ever-expanding range of effects pedals, but Aussies have long known that they also make exceptional amplifiers too... and thanks to a trip to Winter NAMM this year, many more have been made aware of their high gain heads and classic combos. The MI in MI Audio stands for Michael Ibrahim, founder and electronics genius behind the brand who, from a very young age, was exposed to electronics as both of his parents were electrical engineers.  more...
Cardinal Instruments: One Direction

Cardinal Instruments: One Direction

TUCKED AWAY just east of I-35 in Austin, almost directly across the interstate from the campus of the University of Texas is a small housing community with its roots in the 1920s. Some of the houses have been converted to small businesses, be it a coffee house, small engine repair or something similar.  more...
The Summer of 65

The Summer of 65

DAN BOUL got his first tube amp in 1978. It was a ‘71 Marshall 2x12 combo. He immediately took it apart in an attempt to decipher what made it tick. He met guitarist and long-time friend Peter Stroud in Atlanta in 1987. Both worked at music store there and would buy amps that came in on trade. It was this process that allowed the pair to cut their teeth on amp design. Later, when Stroud needed an amp to take on the road with Sheryl Crow, the duo sat down and designed the ‘London’, an amp based on a pair of favored low-watt combos from the past.  more...
Sevendust: Dust Brothers

Sevendust: Dust Brothers

JOHN CONNOLLY AND CLINT LOWERY have been crushing skulls as the lethal guitar duo for Georgia-based Sevendust for years. Despite time away from the band for Lowery and a year off for the band in general during 2012, a new album released this winter - Black Out The Sun - finds the metal stalwarts in top form. Gearphoria recently spoke with pair during a tour stop in Houston where they revealed keys to their longevity, a love of plug-ins and recent gear additions.  more...
Cilia Guitars: The Artist on Alfred Rd.

Cilia Guitars: The Artist on Alfred Rd.

CHARLES Cilia became obsessed with guitar in his early teens. By 18, he had moved to Sydney, joined a band and was playing in clubs and pubs. Cilia was working for NSW Agriculture in their entomology labs on scientific experiments during the day and then gigging at night with his band. Having tried to get his guitars set up by various so-called ‘luthiers’, only to have them come back no better or worse than they were in the first place, he became frustrated and decided to start setting up and adjusting his own guitars.  more...
Grant-Lee Phillips: Buffalo Heart

Grant-Lee Phillips: Buffalo Heart

FOR Grant-Lee Phillips, music had always been about exploration and self-expression. Even at the end of the 20th century, as his time with band Grant Lee Buffalo was winding down, Phillips felt renewed and optimistic. The band’s last studio record, Jubilee, was well received... and on the back of the single ‘Truly, Truly’ expectations ran high. Unfortunately, change was in the air in the music industry. Shifting demographics and popular radio formats proved too much to overcome. The band and its label parted ways and the members soon headed off in different directions.  more...
The NAMM Notebook: 2013 edition

The NAMM Notebook: 2013 edition

WELCOME TO sunny southern California! Er, well... not exactly. NAMM show week in Anaheim was a chilly, wet affair effectively putting the damper on the show’s big plans for its new outdoor promenade leading to the main entrance. The stage was set the morning of Day 1, but stood empty. The weather would eventually break and allow a scheduled run of concerts, including the first evening’s headliner Tower of Power. But what happens outside plays second fiddle to the happenings indoors.  more...