This restless innovator and his crew of obsessives hand-build astounding guitar effects pedals out of their headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
Explore the world of the innovators and craftspeople who help shape the music instruments and equipment on which we all depend. Our Gear Pioneer interviews get up close and personal with some of the most important music industry figures. Learn about what makes them tick and how they arrived at the innovations that have helped transform the way we perform and record music. The Makers interviews are in-depth profiles of the artisans from whose hands and minds come the instruments that define their categories. From master luthiers to brilliant technicians, we ask the questions that bring to life their quest to help musicians make better music.
Legendary Fender pickup engineer Tim Shaw goes in-depth on the American Professional series
Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitars recently spoke with Taylor Guitars co-founder Bob Taylor and his master luthier Andy Powers. Together, this pair drives a dynamic and innovative guitar-building juggernaut that continues to raise the bar in the world of modern luthiery.
By Marty Paule
Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made Peter Frampton a fixture on ‘70s album charts.
On our recent trip to the Martin factory in Nazareth, Pa., the Musician's Friend Private Reserve Guitars team sat down with two of Martin's most influential leaders: Fred Greene, vice president/general manger of guitars, and Jeff Allen, general manager of the Martin Custom Shop.
Seymour Duncan, the innovator behind the aftermarket electric guitar pickup talks about the players, the materials, and the obsession that led him to electromagnetic magnificence.
The British amp builder revisits a legacy that includes far more than just amp building while also returning to UK production.
Making all the right connections in the quest for audio clarity
The brains behind FlexSteels talk about the genesis of a string that’s been winning more converts than a summer tent revival
We talk to the Fender luthier about the extraordinary instruments he built for a Private Reserve Guitars project.