Jim Ward: “I've always written on an unplugged electric guitar. That's why I play a lot of bombastic stuff with open strings – it fills up the room”

Jim Ward
(Image credit: Jen Vesp)

Written and recorded during lockdown, Jim Ward's new album Daggers is far from an introspective listen, even if it was – almost literally – written in the corner of his bedroom.

The Sparta, Sleepercar and former At the Drive-In guitarist has been slinging incendiary riffs for over 20 years, and still manages to find continual inspiration from an incredibly, er, spartan setup. His pedalboard is not much more than a custom overdrive, two Boss DD-7s and a DM-2W, standing in for his original DM-3 that was stolen on tour.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.