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Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for TheToneKing.com, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

Less is More: The Loog Guitar Shows Players Something New

Less is More: The Loog Guitar Shows Players Something New

Keith Richards took over the world with five strings. Think of what you could do with three. Altered tunings, more strings, using a bow, some of the most killer ideas in music history came from players who took the instructions on how a guitar was supposed to be built or used and put them through […]

The Thrill is Gone: Remembering B.B. King

The Thrill is Gone: Remembering B.B. King

Personally, B.B. King has always been one of my go-to players.

In the Pocket: TheToneKing.com checks out Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy Drum Machine Stompbox

In the Pocket: TheToneKing.com checks out Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy Drum Machine Stompbox

Built to be the be all end all drum machine for players, the BeatBuddy is a dynamic, versatile, easy-to-use pedal that includes 200 beats in 21 different genres that can be played on 10 different drumsets.

Happy New Year! You’re fired! : Guitar Center Just Laid Off 180 Employees

Happy New Year! You’re fired! : Guitar Center Just Laid Off 180 Employees

Guitar Center rang in the New Year by laying off 180 employees on Jan 28th. This follows what has been a shit-sandwich of a year for the music instrument retailer.

More Dimension: The Tone King Checks Out the DigiTech Polara Reverb

More Dimension: The Tone King Checks Out the DigiTech Polara Reverb

For us at TheToneKing.com, it’s always the time of year for gear. And, DigiTech came through with the Polara and the Mosaic.

12 On the Floor: DigiTech Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String Effect Pedal

12 On the Floor: DigiTech Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String Effect Pedal

STOP! You don’t need to buy or lug a 12 string around anymore. New in from Digitech is a Mosaic 12 String Guitar pedal. With the push of a button, you can crank out Hotel California or More than a Feeling with ease! Check out the new Digitech Mosaic!

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Randall RGOD

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Randall RGOD

When it came time to cap off TheToneKing.com’s 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, we knew we had to go out in style! For the last episode of 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, The Tone King previews Randall’s RGOD.

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Goodtime Music Beyond Overdrive

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Goodtime Music Beyond Overdrive

How did the GTM Beyond Overdrive stack up against some of the bigger names during 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014? Let’s find out.

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Fuchs' Jersey Lightning, Pedal Pusher, and Double Plush

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Fuchs’ Jersey Lightning, Pedal Pusher, and Double Plush

We might’ve Fuched ourselves by taking on these three monster pedals for 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, but TheToneKing.com is up to the challenge.

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Red Witch Pedals Factotum Bass Suboctave Drive

30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: Red Witch Pedals Factotum Bass Suboctave Drive

Something about that Red Witch gave us an itch. On today’s episode of TheToneKing.com’s 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, we’re checkin’ the Red Witch Factotum Bass Suboctave Drive.