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Morgan is batting 1.000

Morgan is batting 1.000

WHAT STARTS out a hobby... soon becomes a business. This evolution happens a lot with the entrepreneurial-minded craftsman, and is a very common tale in the boutique musical instrument business. Now, taking the giant leap from the guest room to the board room rarely happens, but graduating from the garage to the office park is a much more traditional progression... and that’s where California-based amp builder Joe Morgan finds himself today.  more...
Viva Tortuga!

Viva Tortuga!

MATT JOHNSON wanted a job that would allow him to create. While toiling in retail, he took a flyer on building kit pedals... blending his own ideas into the mix. The response was overwhelming and an effects company was born.  more...
Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley: WRECK-SURRECTION

Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley: WRECK-SURRECTION

Canada’s Big Wreck sprang to life in the halls of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Four friends took a love for classic rock and in the late ‘90s and early 2000s crafted two well-received albums... then vanished. Outside pressures... record label chaos... several reasons were given for the band’s ultimate demise. Frontman and guitarist Ian Thornley launched a solo career that, while successful, never really captured the spark or spirit of Big Wreck.  more...
Ready for Skreddy?

Ready for Skreddy?

IT IS A HOUSE not unlike any other house in the neighborhood - two stories with a good lawn and evidence of recent upgrades to its curb appeal... chiefly the new pavers along the sidewalk next to the driveway. But once you step inside, the comparisons cease. The living area is butted by a swath of guitar gear - a Hiwatt Custom 100 head is decorated with unfinished pedal parts... populated circuit boards and painted, but empty enclosures.  more...
The *bleep* guitar-maker of Sacramento County

The *bleep* guitar-maker of Sacramento County

YOU CAN THANK a shitty economy and a wandering mind for the birth of Kauer Guitars. Working with his father in his 5,000 square foot carpentry shop in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove about five years ago, Doug Kauer grew restless. Making good money as a cabinet maker (kitchen variety, not amp), on top of a healthy tranche of side work and a lingering business selling hot rod car components on the internet, Kauer was on cruise control. Eying his first house and getting serious with his steady girl, life was humming along nicely. Then he started building guitars... and the bottom fell out of the American money machine.  more...
DefiANT (Always And Forever)

DefiANT (Always And Forever)

IT'S BEEN JUST over a decade since a bus crash in Spain left the members of Alien Ant Farm battered, bruised and broken. With a tour derailed and a record label on the brink of extinction, guitarist Terry Corso left the band. Over a five year period without Corso, the band produced one album and continued to play several small venue shows. Today, Corso is back... and the band is preparing to release its fourth full-lenght album sometime early next year.  more...
Josh Klinghoffer Has A Gear Problem

Josh Klinghoffer Has A Gear Problem

IT'S NOT uncommon for an aspiring guitarist to learn to play by jamming out the hits of the day. What is uncommon is for that young guitarist to find himself playing those very same songs decades later in front of tens of thousands of people every night as a starring member of the band he idolized as a teenager. That is the situation Josh Klinghoffer finds himself in as the latest guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  more...
Toadies. Rock. Music.

Toadies. Rock. Music.

VADEN TODD LEWIS and the Toadies have returned with the raw and powerful Play. Rock. Music. - perhaps the band’s best effort since the landmark Rubberneck album of the late 90’s. GEARPHORIA caught up with Lewis just prior to the band launching a year-long tour with Helmet and got his take on record companies, the new album and his gear.  more...