Eric Johnson is experimenting with the Neural DSP Quad Cortex – but it hasn't replaced his current rig just yet

Eric Johnson
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Thanks to the work of some standout brands, we’re currently living in a golden era of digital amp and effects modeling technology. In fact, owing to the rapid advances that have occurred over the past few years, more and more guitar stars are ditching tube amps and pedalboards in favor of something with more CPU power.

Legendary tonesmith Eric Johnson is the latest electric guitar titan to flirt with the idea of digital guitar gear, and although he hasn’t completely overhauled his current rig just yet, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility he may do so in the future.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.