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Wendy Melvoin (left) and Vertex Effects' Mason Marangella
(Image credit: Vertex Effects/YouTube)

Wendy Melvoin, the perennially underrated electric guitar legend most famous for her time with Prince & the Revolution, recently sat down for a chat with Vertex Effects' resident "rig doctor," Mason Marangella.

Melvoin was mostly there to discuss the smart-lookin' new pedalboard Marangella had built for her (more on that in a minute), but also kindly gave some insights into how she got the tones for a couple of her greatest riffs. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.