INTERVIEW: Mike Fortin of Randall Amplifiers

Randall Amplifiers has been home to many talented engineers over the years, starting with Gary Sunde and even including Bruce Egnater who invented the MTS modular series. In particular the company has long been an innovator in the world of high-gain amps. So who do you turn to when you want to kick it up to a new level? Randall Brand Director Joe Delaney enlisted the services of world-renowned heavy metal amp engineer Mike Fortin to reinvent Randall for the 21st Century. Coming from the likes of Korg/Marshall USA and Yamaha (and of course his own Fortin brand amps), Mike understands distortion. Randall purchased two of these designs – the NATAS and MEATHEAD – and these are now known as the THRASHER and 667. But that’s not all; Fortin has used those amps as springboards for new designs too, including the SATAN signature model for Six Feet Under/Feared guitarist Ola Englund, the NULLIFIER for Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and the forthcoming CAGE 103 for Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and a new line for Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal. I caught up with Fortin to chat about what makes his amps tick. Read More …

Epiphone G-1275 Doubleneck Giveaway

G-1275DblNck_SplashEpiphone is giving away a Limited Edition G-1275 Doubleneck – yes, the ‘Jimmy Page’ style 6/12-string beast. The giveaway is open to residents 18 years and over from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, and select countries in the EU. Visit Epiphone.com for more details, but here’s the press release (and please note that I have nothing to do with this, I’m just sharing the news, so please don’t complain to me if your country is not eligible! Every time I post these I seem to get a torrent of abuse which is really fun).

PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is home to the world’s best professional instruments on a working musician’s budget and this August, Epiphone continues its monthly giveaways by offering guitar players and Epiphone fans around the world the chance to win the new Limited-Edition G-1275 Doubleneck 6-string and 12-string with a custom hard carrying case.* Read More …