Artist Spotlight: Jake (cloudchair)

Japanese guitarist Jake, known as a core member of experimental rock band Guniw Tools and alt rock band Super Soul Sonics, has been relying on Variax® modeling guitars for several years as his main tools to create the “six-string soundscapes” in his solo project, cloudchair. The tonal variety afforded by his Variax® 500 quickly grew […]

12 Delays, 4 Bands, 1 Stompbox Modeler: Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius) on M13

As a member of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band and support guitarist for re-united Yellow Magic Orchestra, Keigo Oyamada (known as Cornelius for his one-man project), has been using M13 Stompbox Modeler as the core of his guitar rig. He just finished playing with YMO at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since YMO’s […]

Bringing Music Back to Schools With the Traveling Guitar Foundation

I’ll never forget my first encounter with a musical instrument. I was 11 years old and attending a small middle school in rural Brooklyn, CT. Like most kids, I was highly influenced by my peers. So when my small clique of friends started showing an interest in school band, of course I had to see […]

Putting a JTV in the Hands of an FMO

A few months ago, I got a call from England and was invited to join a band whose first gig before touring Europe was to be a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I haven’t played in an actual band in quite a few years. (Let’s put it this way, last time […]

More Thoughts on the James Tyler Variax from Dwayne Larring

Producer Dwayne Larring (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Carter, Voxhaul Broadcast) is currently in the studio tracking guitars. With a pile of great guitars to choose from, only one has opened up “a world of possibilities” for him. Can you guess which one? Did you miss last week’s video of Dwayne?

Producer Dwayne Larring in the Studio with a James Tyler Variax

Having helped shape the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Carter, Voxhaul Broadcast and many other artists, producer Dwayne Larring is serious about tone. See what happened when we left him alone with a JTV-69US…

Relay G30, M9, and Spin Kicks: On the Road with Glen Phillips

Singer-songwriter Glen Phillips is a true road warrior.  Nonstop recording and touring with his four bands (including seminal alt-rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket) means Glen needs gear that sounds good, is built tough, and can fit in a backpack when necessary. That’s where Line 6 comes in. By Glen Phillips I never thought these […]

Recording James Tyler Variax Sound Samples

Rich gives us a first-hand, hand-held look into what it was like recording James Tyler Variax sound samples. As the session winds down, we’re treated to comments about JTV from the session’s all-star cast.

On The Road with Mike Longworth and Loads of Line 6 Gear

Back in March, 2010, customer-service superstar Line6Miller had a chance to chat via text message with Kisses For Kings/Mest guitarist Mike Longworth. They talked about the Line 6 gear Mike uses and relies on live, as well as some of his other musical projects and backgrounds. Rick: Hey Mike! Thanks for taking the time to […]

M9: The Cure For Lousy Backlines Everywhere

Busy guitarist Mike McManus knows better than to rely solely on backline amps for his guitar tones. Which is why he doesn’t leave home without his Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler. Two cities in two nights with two different bands = zero opportunity for tonal meltdown. By Mike McManus Fly-away gigs. Every working musician does […]

Recording a Film Score with The Faded

By Gene Blalock (The Faded) L.A. rockers The Faded have been avid Line 6 users for years. In this article, front man Gene Blalock describes how Line 6 gear helped him and the band score a documentary about a subject close to their hearts. In June 2009, I was asked if I would be willing […]

Tim Pierce on Variax Modeling Guitars

During the development of the James Tyler Variax® we met with many pro cats and power users of the first-generation Variax modeling guitar. Our goal was to hear about their experiences and find out what they thought of the new James Tyler Variax. One of those guys was Tim Pierce, a well-respected A-list session guitarist […]

M13 and Teddy’s Tones, Pt. 2

By Teddy Kumpel Guitarist Teddy Kumpel has a lot of tone tricks up his sleeves. He shares a few more favorites from his M13 Stompbox Modeler. More freaky M13 Stompbox Modeler tricks that blow my mind… I use it as a freak-out sound-design box when I play with my trio. I do a lot of […]

Rocking Iraq with Catchpenny and POD xt Live

Rock and roll is an adventure. Anyone who says otherwise can take it up with Christian Schauf, singer/guitarist of Minneapolis rock band Catchpenny. His story includes more action than a summer blockbuster, and a soundtrack that’s as good. By Christian Schauf (Catchpenny) My guess is that anyone reading this blog shares a lot of similarities […]

Like A Storm and Line 6: Touring Made Easy

Nothing will test your meddle (and your gear) like a few months on the road with Creed, Staind, Hoobastank, and Saliva. In a production of that magnitude, there’s no room for error. Matt recounts how he and the boys pulled it off. By Matt (Like A Storm) THE CALL Touring arenas and amphitheatres in the […]

M9 Stompbox Modeler Onstage with Roger Daltrey

By Loren Gold When he’s not music-directing Hilary Duff, composing TV soundtracks, or keeping contestants moving on Dancing With The Stars, Los Angeles-based keyboardist Loren Gold is working with the Who for the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show, one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. Loren’s setup isn’t complete without its newest […]

Spider Valve and M13: Shon Hinton’s Go-To Tones

By Shon Hinton Guitarist Shon Hinton is always in demand. His distinctive playing style can be heard on numerous R & B records, and seen on stage with Lil Wayne, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and others. In this article, Shon sheds some light on some of his recent go-to tones. I’ve been using Line […]

M13 and Teddy’s Tones, Pt. 1

Busy New York guitarist Teddy Kumpel has a lot of tone tricks up his sleeves. He shares a few favorites from his M13 Stompbox Modeler. By Teddy Kumpel M13 Stompbox Modeler is a device that can be used so many different ways I can’t imagine a player who it wouldn’t suit. I use it as […]

Making Music with Lacuna Coil and Line 6

Taking a break from the rigors of the road, Lacuna Coil guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore waxes historic about the Coil’s introduction to Line 6, and the gear that has changed the way the band makes music. By Cris “Pizza” Migliore (Lacuna Coil) The relationship between Lacuna Coil and Line 6 started almost 10 years ago, […]

A Message from JT of Hawthorne Heights

At Hawthorne Heights, we know only 2 things: hard work and touring, and they seem to go hand in hand. To hype our new record, called Skeletons, we are stripping away all the extravagances of a normal Hawthorn Heights tour. Instead, we will be rocking out in small clubs across the US to bring our […]

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