Dave Hunter

Nik Azam of Ceriatone Amplification is not afraid of ruffling feathers

Britain and the US might traditionally be the homes of overdriven thermionics, but one maker in Malaysia has been satisfying countless guitarists’ quests for high-quality, hand-wired tone for a solid decade and a half. We talk to CeriaTone founder and proprietor Nik Azam to find out how it’s done…

“It’s still a hot-rod shop here!”: Ron Thorn of the Fender Custom Shop

Meet Ron Thorn, one of the world’s most skilled guitar-makers and inlay artists, whose exceptional creations for the Fender Custom Shop represent the best and most imaginative designs that Cali’s “hot-rod shop” has to offer.

Komet Amplification’s founders have got quality control down to a science

Baton Rouge-based Komet Amplification craft a range of exactingly made and stunning- sounding boutique amps. We hear from the company’s founders about how they’re keeping the traditions and standards of their much-missed mentor alive.

Interview: Curtis Novak, master pickup maker

If a background troubleshooting IT issues for the US Government seems an unlikely foundation for a career winding pickups, it certainly helped Curtis Novak learn to sort the essentials from the snake oil…

NAMM: The greatest show on Earth?

The annual trade event is not only the hottest spot to witness what’s new in the world of guitars, effects and amplifiers. Its history is also a fascinating parallel to the development and fortunes of the instrument itself.

Interview: Brian Gerhard of TopHat Amplification

Boutique mainstay TopHat Amplification is the brainchild of North Carolina native Brian Gerhard, whose pioneering engineering and choice use of materials has kept him ahead of the game for 24 years and counting.

Interview: Gil Yaron on re-creating vintage guitars

Renowned the world over for his unbelievably accurate re-creations of golden-era vintage electrics, Gil Yaron now brings a remarkable attention to detail to his own electric guitar creations.
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