Frantone’s Fran Blanche reckons she knows the real secret to Josh Homme’s tone – and it’s not the Peavey Decade

Fran Blanche on Josh Homme's guitar tone secret
(Image credit: Kevin Winter / Getty / Fran Blanche / YouTube)

Fran Blanche – the unique brain behind pedal maker Frantone Electronics – always has interesting insights into tone, and she’s recently posited a theory that questions the secret of Josh Homme’s velvet-y sound.

Last year, in Apple’s TV’s documentary series Watch That Sound with Mark Ronson, Homme indicated that the Peavy Decade – a tiny ’80s solid-state combo – was the surprise ‘secret’ to some of his most iconic Queens Of The Stone Age tones, including the stomping No One Knows.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.