Tom Morello’s guitar rig is now a Neural DSP plugin – watch the Rage Against the Machine firebrand demo his signature software… with a wrench

Neural DSP Archetype: Tom Morello
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

For a guitarist who has barely changed his rig in over three decades, and insists “gear doesn’t matter”, Tom Morello has sure gone heavy on the signature gear in the past three years. Now, following the Fender Soul Power Stratocaster, Dunlop Tom Morello Cry Baby and MXR Power 50 Overdrive comes, of all things, a signature Neural DSP Archetype plugin.

This comes as something of a surprise given the Rage Against the Machine firebrand will readily admit he is far from a tech-savvy guitarist – he got so fed up of trying to figure out his home studio over lockdown that his last album was tracked by balancing a microphone on a folding chair next to his amp.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.