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Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech

Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech

August 09, 2018

"Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech" is a series of articles that serve as a useful guide for every musician and technician who is planning to go on a tour. You can read about the everyday life of a touring band, experience behind the scenes action through the eyes of a guitar tech and get insight for the events of a show day from dawn ’til dusk.

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My Day As A Rock Star

My Day As A Rock Star

June 18, 2018

Are you wondering how to leave a lasting impression of yourself at a venue? Well, I'll tell you. Get comfortable and come with me to an unforgettable tour opening gig at the Tavastia venue of Helsinki.

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Custom Boards' guide to summer festivals

Custom Boards' guide to summer festivals

June 18, 2018

For a guitar technician, a festival is probably the most demanding place to work, ever. In mainland Europe typical changeover times at festivals are typically only 15 minutes. This means you have a quarter of an hour to perform all the tasks you’d spend many hours doing at a club gig.

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A detailed look at Jimi Hendrix' pedals and signal chain

A detailed look at Jimi Hendrix' pedals and signal chain

April 23, 2018

For decades the equipment of the most-influential guitarist of all time has been something of a Holy Grail. What did Jimi Hendrix use to achieve his legendary sounds? Speculation and myths abound, which is why I took the bull by the horns to lay this all to rest.

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Randy Rhoads - his life, music and equipment

Randy Rhoads - his life, music and equipment

April 06, 2018

On a foggy April morning in 1982 a phone rang in Ireland. The caller was Jet Records' boss David Arden, and his case was very important. He was on the lookout for somebody to replace guitarist Randy Rhoads, who had died only a week before. Ozzy Osbourne had decided to finish the tour that had been interrupted by Randy's tragic death.

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The Kemper on the road with Nightwish, Kreator, Haloo Helsinki, Amorphis and Apocalyptica

The Kemper on the road with Nightwish, Kreator, Haloo Helsinki, Amorphis and Apocalyptica

April 03, 2018

Players from Nightwish, Amorphis, Kreator, Apocalyptica, Lost Society, Sunrise Avenue, 69 Eyes, The Rasmus and Haloo Helsinki have all found out that Kemper really delivers the authentic amplifier sounds for live use.

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Mikko Kosonen - Pedal Dogma with Keeley Electronics

Mikko Kosonen - Pedal Dogma with Keeley Electronics

March 21, 2018

I really do admire Mikko’s attitude. His idea was to tape Dogma-style videos of every available Keeley effect, so that he would play each effect for the first time with the camera rolling.

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