Watch Neil Young talk tubes, tone and working with amp “guru” Sal Trentino in this exclusive clip

Zane Lowe (left) and Neil Young talk amp tone
(Image credit: Apple Music)

Neil Young is one of those electric guitar players whose tone is instantly identifiable. Dark, aggressive, and always in or near the red, it's a sound that helped launch grunge, and inspired countless guitarists who came after him.

In this clip from Young's recent Apple Music 1 interview – premiered today exclusively at Guitar World – the rock icon discusses the inner workings of that one-of-a-kind guitar sound, and how some trusty friends – guitar tech Larry Cragg and former amp tech Sal Trentino – helped him dial it in.

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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.