“I think it’s unrealistic to expect any one amp to be able to ‘do it all’”: Guthrie Govan on how Hans Zimmer forced him to embrace digital modeling – and why he’s not going back

Guthrie Govan playing guitar sat on top of a Victory guitar amp
(Image credit: Future)

Guthrie Govan has opened up about his decade-long deep dive into the world of digital modeling, revealing it first began when he was recruited to join Hans Zimmer’s ensemble.

Over the past few years, The Aristocrats electric guitar virtuoso has had a balanced relationship with amp modelers, having tread the line between using fully fledged digital rigs on stage and conventional tube amp-and-pedalboard ones in the studio.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.