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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.

Overload: Has Guitar Center's Debt Come Due?

Overload: Has Guitar Center’s Debt Come Due?

Ares financial loaned GC a lot of money and is looking to take payment in the form of ownership of the company. Where I come from, that’s a job for the Repo Man.

Keep It Clean: The Roadie Rag Helps Players Keep Their Gear Looking and Playing Like New

Keep It Clean: The Roadie Rag Helps Players Keep Their Gear Looking and Playing Like New

Proper hygiene is important. So, brush your teeth and clean your guitar.

Do Not Copy: Knockoff Amps Equal Knockoff Tone

Do Not Copy: Knockoff Amps Equal Knockoff Tone

The music industry is a very small place. And, let’s face it: The wheel was invented decades ago. Since then, everybody has been trying to re-invent it, and some killer pieces of gear have come along the way. Sometimes, though, a piece of gear comes along that is nothing but a blatant rip off.

Best of Both Worlds: TSVG Slow Ride Fuzz Pedal

Best of Both Worlds: TSVG Slow Ride Fuzz Pedal

One foot stands firm in classic tones while the other takes a step into wild new territory. A difficult balance to master, but that’s what TSVG Pedals is all about.

NAMM 2014: Blackstar ???

NAMM 2014: Blackstar ???

I’m hoping that if I say Blackstar’s name enough times, they’ll give me a hint as to what in the hell they have planed for NAMM 2014. I’ve got reporting to do, man, and I can’t report on question marks!

Barrier Buster: TheToneKing.com Takes a Look at Peavey’s AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Barrier Buster: TheToneKing.com Takes a Look at Peavey’s AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar

Peavey had a choice to make. Do it the same way as everyone else, or do it their own way and really bring Auto-Tune technology to the next level at half the price.

Elegant Design: Jeff Diamant of DBZ/Diamond Guitars Talks About a Great Year and What’s Next

Elegant Design: Jeff Diamant of DBZ/Diamond Guitars Talks About a Great Year and What’s Next

  Most will scream in the face of innovation. Even subtle changes can scare some players, but many of us recognize that these changes are refinements that ultimately can create more elegant and playable instruments. And, that’s why DBZ/Diamond Guitars keeps moving forward. It’s been over a year since we here at TheToneKing.com talked to […]

Is Analog Dead?

Is Analog Dead?

If you’ve been following, you might’ve noticed that most of my articles lately have been of the what-ever-happened-to variety. That’s because the world of music is in a strange place for me. I’m old enough to remember a time when music took up tangible physical space on my shelf in the form of tapes, records, […]

The King of Tubes: Peter Watson and PM Tubes Make Their Way to US Shores

The King of Tubes: Peter Watson and PM Tubes Make Their Way to US Shores

MJ for TheToneKing.com Peter Watson has been internationally known for designing quality tubes for over thirty years with his company PM Tubes. PM Tubes can be found in the biggest tube amps on the market, including: Marshall, Orange, Diamond, and Hi Watt. His strict quality standards and innovative designs have made him known as an […]

Lace up for Hysteria: The Media Gins up Hysteria over Lacey Act

Lace up for Hysteria: The Media Gins up Hysteria over Lacey Act

Ever since the Gibson factories were raided, and then raided again, questions about how the Lacey Act is going to affect the guitar industry have been running rampant in music media outlets. TheToneKing.com wanted to take a closer look at the implications of this law and how the media seems to be going crazy train over it.