Want a Big Guitar Sound? Try the Glyn Johns Technique

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As guitarist Scott Holiday explains, the key to creating a sound that has real impact in the studio is to make sure your drummer sounds great. And when it comes to hard rock, few percussionists sounded bigger or better than Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Much of this had to do with the way Bonzo played and tuned his kit, but another part of the equation was how he recorded his drums. 

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Brad Tolinski

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Brad was the editor of Guitar World from 1990 to 2015. Since his departure he has authored Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen, Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page and Play it Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar, which was the inspiration for the Play It Loud exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2019.