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Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

IT WAS NO sure thing in 2012, when Brad Fee took on his Mojo Hand brand of effects pedals as a full time gig. He had just sold out his portion of popular boutique effects retailer Tone Factor and knew he had a tough road ahead to grow the small brand into a daily breadwinner for himself, his family and staff. The seeds of Mojo Hand can be traced back to around 2006 and the beginnings of the Tone Factor Custom Shop.  more...
Rich Robinson …After The Flood

Rich Robinson …After The Flood

WHEN IT CAME time to record his third solo record, Rich Robinson had lost his father and a treasure trove of near-priceless gear, but not the passion for music or the fire of creativity. He walked into Applehead Recording near Woodstock, New York about as unprepared as ever at the beginning of a new project, but with the assistance of drummer Joe Magistro and keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, the month-long process yielded The Ceaseless Sight - a 12-track slice of bluesy Americana drenched in shimmering rhythms and deft fretboard work. It’s his most mature and complete album to date.  more...
Collings Guitars… Made To Order

Collings Guitars… Made To Order

WE ROLLED into the Collings Guitars complex west of Austin, Texas, on Highway 290 the morning of ‘Salsa Day’. It was the day when employees would bring in their own secret recipe salsa for judging by their peers and company management and, we suppose, ultimately reign as the guitar maker’s Salsa Champion, at least for 2014. Regrettably, we were not asked to judge.  more...
Ty Tabor plays, we win

Ty Tabor plays, we win

GUITARIST Ty Tabor made a name for himself in the late 80s and early 90s as a master tone hound, combining the flexibility and power of a Stratocaster Elite with the oft-touted (but never proven) mystical qualities of a Lab Series L5 amplifier. That dynamic duo was all over the early records from his band King’s X and over the years has been often imitated, but never duplicated.  more...
Mission Engineering is in control

Mission Engineering is in control

STOP ME if you’ve heard this one before. A practicing musician and electronics handyman is hit up by a friend to create a new widget to fill a specific niche in his ever-evolving guitar rig. After spitballing ideas over coffee, the handyman retreats to his garage and emerges a short time later with a working prototype. The friend is stoked and after some testing reports back that the prototype is everything he wanted and more.  more...
Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

WITH A mind-blowing 700-plus albums to his credit as both a session musician and solo artist, in addition to years of touring experience, Michael Landau has earned the right to the title ‘guitar hero.’ However, it’s likely that he’ll be the first to shy away from such accolades. Quiet, humble, and as far removed from industry-related fanfare as he can be, Landau is a consummate player who prefers to let his instrument do the talking.  more...
Zane Carney comes together

Zane Carney comes together

uitarist Zane Carney’s path to discovery of his singer-songwriter ambition has encountered a few detours in recent years. Fresh from a band with his brother Reeve, he played guitar for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Reeve played Peter Parker).  more...
EarthQuaker Devices: Rare Birds

EarthQuaker Devices: Rare Birds

DOWN THE narrow staircase that leads to the basement of Jamie Stillman and Julie Robbins’ Akron, Ohio home one wouldn’t expect to find anything different than in any other basement across the Mid-West… a few boxes, some old electronics, some family heirlooms. But in this house, the boxes, electronics and heirlooms are one in the same… and there is a ton of it. The Stillman/Robbins basement is home to Jamie’s ever-evolving effects pedal collection – vintage metal boxes of electrical components that may one day put his two daughters through college.  more...