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CURIOUS JEORGE

He’s worked with Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen and the Jimi Hendrix estate and designed an eff ects pedal that spawned whole new genres of music. Not bad for an engineer who began his career as a self-confessed “pain in the ass” to the big boys. Chris Vinnicombe meets guitar eff ects guru Jeorge Tripps…

JEORGE TRIPPS

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“I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if in 20 or 30 years my shit will still be around, or if anyone will care!’” laughs Jeorge Tripps, founder of Way Huge Electronics, designer of the now-legendary Line 6 DL4 and the man responsible for some of the most exciting pedals ever to hit the mass market during his 12 years (and counting) at Dunlop Manufacturing. Today the California resident finds himself jetlagged in snowy Birmingham as Dunlop’s UK distributor Westside has organised a Q&A event in the city’s impressively cavernous Guitar Guitar retail store.

We ask the aff able Mr Tripps how his relationship with stompboxes began. “Literally accidentally!” he recalls. “I’m a guitar player, and I would noodle around with fixing stuff and whatnot. I moved to LA in 1991 and I had a copy of Craig Anderton’s Electronic Projects For Musicians and broke it out again and just started messing with it, making pedals for fun. For a couple of years it was just really for fun and for friends.

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What do we think about the most talked-about guitar of the year? Find out in our May 2018 issue, on sale now. Inside, we sit down with Paul Reed Smith to talk out about the two-year design process that gave birth to the Silver Sky and we put John Mayer’s new PRS signature model through its paces in an in-depth 10-page review. The magazine also comes bundled with a FREE Joy Of FX magazine for every reader that includes reviews of Fender’s new-for-2018 stompbox line, new EarthQuaker Devices pedals, an interview with Way Huge pedal guru Jeorge Tripps and more. Back in the main mag, we get up close and personal with Eric Clapton’s £25,000 writing and recording acoustic, check out The Temperance Movement’s live gear, interview Steve Morse and review even more hot new guitars, amps and effects from Eastman, Blackstar, JHS Pedals, Lowden and plenty more besides. We also salute the genius of Freddie Tavares and you can enter our competition to WIN a drop-dead gorgeous Lake Placid Blue Fender American Original ‘60s Telecaster worth £1,659. The May 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale in print and digital formats now. Essential reading for guitar addicts.