Troy Van Leeuwen: "People think you need all this extra distortion – if your amp’s loud and you get the speakers to move, that’s how you sound huge"

Troy Van Leeuwen
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“The name of the finish is a reference to the band – when I play this guitar I’m the queen of the Copper Age!” smiles Troy Van Leeuwen, for this GW exclusive on his new signature Jazzmaster

The new electric guitar will have the same hardware and features as his previous signature Jazzmaster in Candy Oxblood, such as the Pure Vintage ’65 single coils and single-locking tremolo, but this time with a block inlay maple fretboard and Copper Age finish.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).