Hozoji Roseanne Matheson-Margullis // Lozen & Helms Alee Playing for a two-piece, Margullis’ guitar work carries a lot of weight, which she manages in part by keeping her guitar frequencies low. These heavy bass levels keep her sound in sync with her bandmate’s drums.
Margullis plays through a Verellen Meatsmoke amp with a 4x12 cab and two 1x15 cabs, custom made for her by close friends Ben Verellen and Mike Erdman, who run Verellen Amplifiers. “I had the Verellen Amp custom made to be able to play both guitar and bass through, with minor adjustments. I also got to design its aesthetics. It’s the first amp I’ve owned that I felt attached to. It sounds great and looks beautiful.”
Margullis’ pedals consist of a Monolith Tectonic Shift pedal for distortion and a Boss Loop Station for interludes. Although it seems like a pain to be lugging all this gear around, she says “It’s a welcome workout after sitting in the van.” Three cabs and a pedal known for it’s wide range of fuzz explains how Margullis is able to get such a full, heavy sound that permeates the entirety of venues with ease. “I definitely prefer playing my set up to any other, but I also enjoy the challenge of dialing in my sound on gear that is foreign to me,” says Margullis. “I believe those experiences help me get better at understanding sound.”
Kate Eldridge // Big Eyes When speaking of her talents at a young age, Eldridge doesn’t mince words. “I was really good, really fast,” says the 24-year old guitarist. “When I was in middle school, I would practice for three to four hours per day.” These days, the catchy riffs produced by Eldridge and her bandmates makes for an amazing live show, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask her about the gear that delivers these sounds. “I’m playing a [Gibson] SG, through a Music Man HD150 Head, and then I play that through a Marshall 1960a. I actually used to play a Fender Mustang through the Music Man ‘Head through a Fender 2x12, but because we’re a three-piece it just sounded kind of thin. Then I started playing through the Mar- shall and was like ‘Oh, that sounds chunkier.’”
After messing around with a fellow practice space user’s SG for a while, Eldridge completed her current set up by buying her own SG on a whim while touring in Orlando. “I totally do love that guitar, “ says Eldridge. “I’d say I have more of an attachment to my Fender Mustang, but I don’t play that at shows anymore.” Big Eyes are on near-permanent tour, find a date near you!
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