Wood. Metal. Circuitry. Speakers. The base components of the equipment that translates the melodies in your head and hands to the audience. From checking out the latest innovative designs to finding out the backstory behind legends and classics, join hosts Paul Berezetzky and Eric Lucero as they explore the ever-growing world of guitar and bass gear. They will review gear on-air and interview artists about the sounds that inspired them in the first place and how they created their signature tones, as well as the makers and leaders of the new brands changing the sonic landscape. In the community spirit they are here to share their knowledge with listeners and help you find the tone you’re looking for!
Eric Lucero is an instrument and audio specialist whose expertise in audio gear stems from years of hands on experience. After years of wondering “How’d they get that sound?!” and amassing large amounts of ostensibly useless knowledge in pursuit of the answers, Eric remains fascinated with anything that can produce or manipulate sound and affect tonality.
Paul Berezetsky is a guitarist who, after more than 20 years of playing, has achieved a level of world-class mediocrity. An obsessive tone snob, Paul always looks for the Goldilocks zone in every guitar, amp and effects pedal he comes across, constantly trying to walk the fine line between creating cool sounds and maintaining the raw organic quality of the guitar.
Episode 40: Analog Alien Effects with Founders Jack and Joe Napoli
On this episode we look at 3 of Analog Alien pedals including the Twister, Bucket Seat, and the Fuzzbubble 45! We are joined by the two brothers that started this company, Jack and Joe Napoli. Jack and Joe talk about how their dissatisfaction with all the one-trick-pony, character sucking pedals they were using in their recording studio led them to start building their own pedals. Their aim was to pack the sound of legendary vintage amps infto a simple but versatile pedal design. What started out with a few custom orders turned into a burgeoning company that is gaining devotees the likes of Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Pino Palladino (The Who), Joan Jett and Susan Tedeschi.
Episode 39: Paradox Effects Live Clinic
Paradox Effects is a company located in the border town of Tijuana, BC, México which started in late 2013.
"We decided to start our own company after talking about building our own pedals to make music, experimenting with electronics and making noise that satisfied our needs. Now Paradox has a line of pedals that go from oscillation Fuzzes to Delays with modulation. Our objective is not only to build pedals with high quality standards that meet a musician’s needs, but also to build devices that propose a universe where the duality of Sound and Visual are justified. We believe these devices to be a creative extension of the user, becoming something unique when used to make music.
Quality, Unique tones, Ergonomics and Experimentation are the values we seek to portray. Each one of our pedals is made by non replicant human hands in Northern México."
Episode 38: Prisma Guitars Founder Nick Pourfard
Prisma Guitars Founder Nick Pourfard joins us in the studio for this episode. We check out some of the latest creations from Prisma, famed for building one of a kind instruments from repurposed skateboards. Nick talks about his recent gruosome injury, when while working in his shop he severed off 2 of his fingers, and badly damaged the rest. Luckily, surgeons were able to reattach but Nick is still struggling to regain normal function. Undeterred, he continues to build and innovate, continuing to put out some of the most unique guitars in the boutique space.
Episode 37: Sharpen The Fiddle with Melissa Barrison
This episode features violinist (and all around rockstar) Melissa Barrison! Melissa uses a variety of effects when she plays so we're going to try some out today with her AXE!
Featured Products: Voodoo Lab Sparkle DriveFuzzrocious Pedals Grey StacheTC Electronic QuintessenceSource Audio Lunar PhaserWalrus Audio ARP-87 DelayMXR M300 Digital Reverb
About Melissa: Melissa Barrison is an all-genre violinist steeped in classical training but fluent in fiddle/bluegrass, jazz, rock, gypsy, blues, reggae and more. Melissa has played for artists such as Rihanna, Future of Forestry, Louis XIV, and opened for Cee Lo Green, Pepper, POD and The Killers. She has made television appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Marie Osmond Show and has also performed in the NHL Pre-Game Show and NBA All-Star Game Half-time Show.
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Episode 36: Stocking Stuffers
Tis the season to "Sharpen Your AXE"! Eric and Paul check out some really for music toys for good guitar and bass girls and boys. Maybe Santa can pick up a few of these choice pieces on his way to your chimney.
Ernie Ball Music Man BFR StingRay HH Electric Guitar, Roasted Maple Fingerboard, Hard Case - Classic NaturalIbanez TS Mini Tube Screamer Overdrive Compact Guitar Effect PedalWalrus Audio Julia Analog Chorus Vibrato Guitar Effects PedalTagima TW-61 Woodstock Series Jazzmaster Style Electric Guitar - Black
Electro-Harmonix EHX Bass Clone Analog Bass Chorus Guitar Effects PedalDigiTech DOD Carcosa Fuzz Guitar Effects PedalG&L Tribute SB-2 4-String Electric Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard - Black FrostSandberg Basic 5 5-String Bass, Tinted Maple Fretboard, Gig Bag - Blueburst Matte
GHS Strings Fast Fret String Cleaner & LubricantRadial Engineering StageBug SB-2 Passive Direct BoxUltimate Support Genesis Series GS-1000 Pro Guitar Stand
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Sharpen the Axe Episode 35: Steve Fister, Interview and Pro Tips
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Hosts Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky talk with Steve Fister about his career, the products he uses, and answer some questions that fans chimed in with!
Steve Fister is guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has performed and recorded with many artists such as: Steppenwolf, Bon Jovi, King Kobra, Quiet Riot, Joe Satriani, to name a few. His songs have also been featured in the Rock Band video game, as well as on HBO, ABC, NBC, Saturday Night Live, Showtime, “E,” VH1, MTV, Fox Sports, the Howard Stern show and the History Channel.
Steve has played guitar with many diverse, and talented artists. He served as guitarist and musical director in Lita Ford’s band, on her worldwide tours with Bon Jovi, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Poison. He has toured and recorded with, The Pat Travers Band, Micheal DesBarres, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Stu Hamm, Jack Casady, and Tommy Tutone.
Steve has produced 9 solo records, including the his "Live Bullets" which reached #2 on the European Blues charts. His current release is entitled "The Steve Fister Electro Acoustic Band" The trio that has been road tested in Europe with over 250 shows including support tours and shows with Joe Satriani, Walter Trout, and Y&T.
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