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New Zealand boutique effects maker Lightning Wave creates modulation-based analogue effects with digital brains that blend sonic experimentalism with ease of use. Inventor Lee Nicolson tells us more…

How did you get into guitar?

“Around eight or nine, my cousin gave me Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ on cassette and the riffs blew my mind. I took a few lessons with an acoustic, but was a bit of a wuss and couldn’t get past the sore fingertips! “I found a Diplomat bass under a bed at my grandparents’ when I was 15 and although the neck had banana’d and was barely playable, I got a kick out of hearing it clip through my parents’ stereo. This led to a friend loaning me her spare Strat copy and she egged me on enough to buy my own electric guitar and a Blazer amp. With some decent overdrive and reverb, it was all downhill!”

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