“All I took to studios was a 335 and a Princeton Reverb”: Ray Parker Jr. on the ultra-rare Yamaha prototype he used on the Ghostbusters theme, and the helpful trick he learned from Grant Green, George Benson, and Melvin Sparks

Ray Parker Jr.
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Ray Parker Jr. is known as a brilliant songwriter with hooks for days, but as a guitarist, he's always kept things simple in regards to gear choices. To that end, in a recent, career-spanning conversation with Vertex Effects, he confessed his love for mono.

“Remember there was no Pro Tools back then [when I started], so we recorded two guitars in mono. That’s it,” he says. “I really don’t care about stereo, I just love mono guitar. Even on stage, I use a mono amp. There are not many effects I like in stereo.”

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.