A couple of years ago, I felt the need to complement my Peavey Falcon Classic guitar with something of a different flavor. I decided on a secondhand Washburn HB35 semi-hollowbody, and I just love it. It’s a great guitar for semi-clean arpeggios or full-on overdriven riffing. I run the guitars through a Dunlop Cry Baby, an Ibanez TS-10 Tube Screamer, a Pro Co Rat, a DOD compressor, a Boss TR-2 Tremolo, an Artec Analog Delay, and a Dunlop Uni-Vibe.
One of the most important parts of my rig is a Sovtek Mig 50 head that I bought new in the ’90s. It’s a great amp on its own, but I had it modified by Swedish ampmodder Tommy Folkesson, who gave it two channels with Class A overdrive. This gives me my main dirt for rhythm and lead playing, and then allows me to push it further with the TS-10 and the Rat. I plug the amp into a Marshall 4x10 for smooth punch in a handy size. This rig can easy fill a 200-seater, but it also sounds great in much smaller rooms. —ERIK HOLKE, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN