Rammstein's Paul Landers Gets Fired Up About His New Signature Tech 21 PL1 Fly Rig

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When Tech 21 founder and inventor Andrew Barta attended a concert by pyrotechnic industrial metal band Rammstein 20 years ago in New York, he was blown away. Mostly it was the group’s blend of theatrics and metal that left him spellbound. But he also was thrilled to discover that guitarist Paul Landers was using Barta’s Tech 21 gear — the programmable PSA SansAmp rack mount. In later years, Landers also used the SansAmp GT2, a proven workhorse pedal that lay the foundation for the company’s popular line of fly rigs.

“Paul liked the GT2, especially,” Barta recalls. “He was able to create this great contrast between his sound and the sound of Rammstein’s other guitarist [Richard Kruspe], who was playing mic’d-up tube amps.”

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo.com, Revolver, Inked, Loudwire.com and other publications and websites.