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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #4 – Guitar porn. Gear geeks, roll up

August 22nd, 2011

Ahead of some big news (coming tomorrow), here’s the fourth installment of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith periodical column. He tells you everything you could ever want to know about his guitar. Explicitly. Geekfest.

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The festivals have been good this year and there was much partying to be had – especially in celebration of us filling our tent at Sonisphere, which none of us expected at all. Since when have we been a popular band, eh?

Anyway, after a few beers in the bar at Soni I got chatting to Thrash Hits editor, Raz about the next column – my ideas mainly consist of stupid stories of festival debauchery – but apparently anecdotes of Jay (drummer) getting my cock out in the VIP bar [not cool, James – Raz] and vomitting on Prog mag writer Holly Wright’s shoes [I know how this feels – Raz] are too low-brow for this site. So we decided to do a gear chat instead and I quite like talking about gear, and as I’m in a rig transition period, it’s actually good timing!

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Gear: Blackstar Amps – Series One 200

June 8th, 2010

In the second of his occasional series on the heaviest of heavy equipment, Amit Sharma gives the once over to an amp so heavy it probably has it’s own gravitational pull.

Blackstar….isn’t that Charlie from Busted’s band?

No, not quite. Blackstar are a relatively new UK based company that manufacture high quality boutique amplifiers and pedals. Within the past few years they have recruited some high profile artists as endorsees including members of Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Cancer Bats and most recently Gus G – who was unveiled as Ozzy’s new shred demon. Is that heavy enough for you?

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Gear: Diezel VH4 guitar amplifier

February 2nd, 2010

In the first of a new regular series of supremely heavy equipment, Amit Sharma rocks and rolls his way over the amp that James bloody Hetfield’s guitar noise calls home. It’s not a massive surprise that he enjoyed playing it.

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What the fuck – designer jeans?

No, not at all. Diezel are a boutique amplifier manufacturer based in Germany that specialise in hand wired high-gain valve amps, designed for the modern guitarist that wants something with more dirt than Dino Cazares’ porn collection.

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