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Wood. Metal. Circuitry. Speakers. The base components of the equipment that translates the melodies in your head and hands to the audience. From checking out the latest innovative designs to finding out the backstory behind legends and classics, join hosts Paul Berezetzky and Eric Lucero as they explore the ever-growing world of guitar and bass gear. They will review gear on-air and interview artists about the sounds that inspired them in the first place and how they created their signature tones, as well as the makers and leaders of the new brands changing the sonic landscape. In the community spirit they are here to share their knowledge with listeners and help you find the tone you’re looking for!

Eric Lucero is an instrument and audio specialist whose expertise in audio gear stems from years of hands on experience. After years of wondering “How’d they get that sound?!” and amassing large amounts of ostensibly useless knowledge in pursuit of the answers, Eric remains fascinated with anything that can produce or manipulate sound and affect tonality.

Paul Berezetsky is a guitarist who, after more than 20 years of playing, has achieved a level of world-class mediocrity. An obsessive tone snob, Paul always looks for the Goldilocks zone in every guitar, amp and effects pedal he comes across, constantly trying to walk the fine line between creating cool sounds and maintaining the raw organic quality of the guitar.
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On this episode we look at 3 of Analog Alien pedals including the Twister, Bucket Seat, and the Fuzzbubble 45! We are joined by the two brothers that started this company, Jack and Joe Napoli. Jack and Joe talk about how their dissatisfaction with all the one-trick-pony, character sucking pedals they were using in their recording studio led them to start building their own pedals. Their aim was to pack the sound of legendary vintage amps infto a simple but versatile pedal design. What started out with a few custom orders turned into a burgeoning company that is gaining devotees the likes of Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Pino Palladino (The Who), Joan Jett and Susan Tedeschi. 
Paradox Effects is a company located in the border town of Tijuana, BC, México which started in late 2013."We decided to start our own company after talking about building our own pedals to make music, experimenting with electronics and making noise that satisfied our needs. Now Paradox has a line of pedals that go from oscillation Fuzzes to Delays with modulation. Our objective is not only to build pedals with high quality standards that meet a musician’s needs, but also to build devices that propose a universe where the duality of Sound and Visual are justified. We believe these devices to be a creative extension of the user, becoming something unique when used to make music.Quality, Unique tones, Ergonomics and Experimentation are the values we seek to portray. Each one of our pedals is made by non replicant human hands in Northern México."
Prisma Guitars Founder Nick Pourfard joins us in the studio for this episode. We check out some of the latest creations from Prisma, famed for building one of a kind instruments from repurposed skateboards. Nick talks about his recent gruosome injury, when while working in his shop he severed off 2 of his fingers, and badly damaged the rest. Luckily, surgeons were able to reattach but Nick is still struggling to regain normal function. Undeterred, he continues to build and innovate, continuing to put out some of the most unique guitars in the boutique space.
This episode features violinist (and all around rockstar) Melissa Barrison! Melissa uses a variety of effects when she plays so we're going to try some out today with her AXE!Featured Products: Voodoo Lab Sparkle DriveFuzzrocious Pedals Grey StacheTC Electronic QuintessenceSource Audio Lunar PhaserWalrus Audio ARP-87 DelayMXR M300 Digital ReverbAbout Melissa: Melissa Barrison is an all-genre violinist steeped in classical training but fluent in fiddle/bluegrass, jazz, rock, gypsy, blues, reggae and more. Melissa has played for artists such as Rihanna, Future of Forestry, Louis XIV, and opened for Cee Lo Green, Pepper, POD and The Killers. She has made television appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Marie Osmond Show and has also performed in the NHL Pre-Game Show and NBA All-Star Game Half-time Show.Watch the video version here:
Tis the season to "Sharpen Your AXE"! Eric and Paul check out some really for music toys for good guitar and bass girls and boys. Maybe Santa can pick up a few of these choice pieces on his way to your chimney.Guitar Gear:Ernie Ball Music Man BFR StingRay HH Electric Guitar, Roasted Maple Fingerboard, Hard Case - Classic NaturalIbanez TS Mini Tube Screamer Overdrive Compact Guitar Effect PedalWalrus Audio Julia Analog Chorus Vibrato Guitar Effects PedalTagima TW-61 Woodstock Series Jazzmaster Style Electric Guitar - BlackBass Gear:Electro-Harmonix EHX Bass Clone Analog Bass Chorus Guitar Effects PedalDigiTech DOD Carcosa Fuzz Guitar Effects PedalG&L Tribute SB-2 4-String Electric Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard - Black FrostSandberg Basic 5 5-String Bass, Tinted Maple Fretboard, Gig Bag - Blueburst MatteFor Either:GHS Strings Fast Fret String Cleaner & LubricantRadial Engineering StageBug SB-2 Passive Direct BoxUltimate Support Genesis Series GS-1000 Pro Guitar StandWatch the Video version here:
Powered by EnterTalk Radio: Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky talk with Steve Fister about his career, the products he uses, and answer some questions that fans chimed in with! Steve Fister is guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has performed and recorded with many artists such as: Steppenwolf, Bon Jovi, King Kobra, Quiet Riot, Joe Satriani, to name a few. His songs have also been featured in the Rock Band video game, as well as on HBO, ABC, NBC, Saturday Night Live, Showtime, “E,” VH1, MTV, Fox Sports, the Howard Stern show and the History Channel. Steve has played guitar with many diverse, and talented artists. He served as guitarist and musical director in Lita Ford’s band, on her worldwide tours with Bon Jovi, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Poison. He has toured and recorded with, The Pat Travers Band, Micheal DesBarres, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Stu Hamm, Jack Casady, and Tommy Tutone.Steve has produced 9 solo records, including the his "Live Bullets" which reached #2 on the European Blues charts. His current release is entitled "The Steve Fister Electro Acoustic Band" The trio that has been road tested in Europe with over 250 shows including support tours and shows with Joe Satriani, Walter Trout, and Y&T. Shown:GODIN MONTREAL PREMIERE SUPREME: SUMMIT CLASSIC LTD:
For more shows like this one, visit and Connect To All Things Music.Looking at a whole bunch of goodies on this episode, from big brand names to high-end boutiques, we've got something for every level of player!Line 6 Spider V 120: V100 Electric Guitar with Gold Hardware - Arctic White:'Angelico Guitars Excel DC: Devices Palisades: Bliss Audio Spectre: Audio Arp-87: the Video Version of this episode here:
For more shows like this one, visit and Connect To All Things Music.On this episode of Sharpen the AXE, Eric and Paul are previewing oh so cool G&L Musical Instruments Gear with a little Rockaway Archer Overdrive and Moog Chorus Pedal thrown in! Powered by EnterTalk RadioG&L USA Kiloton Electric Bass, Maple Fingerboard, Hard Case - Blueburst Tribute SB-2 Electric Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard - Bordeaux Red Metallic USA Doheny Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard, Hard Case - Surf Green USA JB-5 5-String Bass, Fiesta Red, Rosewood Board, Matching Headstock USA Legacy Guitar, Satin Silver Metallic Frost, Rosewood Fretboard, Modern Classic Neck Shape (also not on Pitbull Audio website yet) Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tortoise Pickguard - 3-Tone Sunburst Rockett Audio Designs Rockaway Archer Overdrive / EQ Guitar Effects Pedal Minifooger MF Chorus Pedal
Sharpen The AXE Co-Hosts Paul Berezetsky and Eric Lucero are here for your daily dose (it’s about time) of some really cool gear today. We’ve got some of the newest pedals on the market here to show you. The gear here has been curated by Eric himself from the very wide selection over at Pitbull Audio. There is even a pedal called "Dude Incredible". Like, seriously, stay tuned. Products featured today:Ultimate Support GSP-500 Genesis Series Pedalboard with Universal Power Supply Mounting System, Cable Management System, and Mic Stand Shaft Mounting AttachmentEarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Shifting/Harmonizing/Alien Aliasing Modulation GeneratorCatalinbread Effects Belle Epoch Deluxe Tape Echo Emulation Guitar Effects PedalAlexander Pedals F.13 Neo Flanger Guitar Effects PedalKeeley Electronics Vibe-O-Verb Reverb Guitar Effects PedalElectronic Audio Experiments: Dude Incredible
This week, Co-Hosts of Sharpen The Axe - Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky - interview Sean Hutchinson of Hutch & Sons Guitar repair, the resident Guitar Tech at Pitbull Audio.You can check them out here: the Video Version:
In this episode we take a look at a wide selection of T-Rex Effects Pedals ( Featured in this video are all available in-store or online at Wah, Tunemaster, Neo Comp, Quint Machine, Diva, Vulture, Nitros Hypergain, Moller II, Mudhoney II, Reptile II, Creamer.Watch The Video Version
Join us as we talk Fluence Pickups, demonstrate a couple guitars equipped with them, and play them through some awesome pedals. Come in to Pitbull Audio and grab these pickups!Today's featured products:Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi 7-String Modern Humbucker SetFret King Corona Fluence Electric GuitarElectro-Harmonix EHX Hot Wax Dual Overdrive Guitar Effects PedalHorizon Devices Precision Drive Guitar Effects PedalMooer Modverb Digital Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal with Flanger, Vibrato and PhaserESP LTD WA-WARBIRD Fluence Will Adler Signature Electric Guitar - Warbird GraphicWatch The Video Version
Marty Friedman began his career as a Shrapnel solo recording artist and later joined forces with Jason Becker to form the unrivaled dual guitar unit, “Cacophony”, who have a strong influence on today’s top guitarists. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar superstar, he came to the attention of Megadeth. Racking up sales of over 10 million records with Megadeth, Friedman continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with Megadeth, including an album with Golden Globe winner Kitaro.In a bold move, he left the legendary Megadeth to pursue new musical goals and has succeeded tremendously. Friedman’s many accomplishments make him currently the only musician to be a fixture in the top class of the Japanese domestic as well as international music scene.MARTY FRIEDMAN’s new album, Wall Of Sound, which will be released on August 4, 2017, expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. It was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice In Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Legendary Queen producer, Mack, came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, “Streetlight” and “For a Friend”, which Friedman proclaimed was, “an honor for me, for sure”.
On this episode of Sharpen The Axe, hosts Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky are joined in the studio by special guest Marty Moore: owner and luthier for Moore Basses! They also check out some bass pedals, which you can try out yourself at Pitbull Audio! Watch The Video Version
On this episode of Sharpen The Axe, hosts Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky are joined in the studio by special guest Kevin Proctor: owner, chief builder, head of marketing and design, and all around shop lackey for Iconic Custom Guitars!Watch The Video Version's featured guitars and basses are:P5 5-String Bass Olympic WhiteNordstrand Audio PickupsStandard Evolution - Evolution SeriesCobalt Pearl, paint made from a water-based polyEvolution S LimitedAztec GoldLollar PickupsEvolution S LimitedCopperheadVintage Series 67 TLollar PickupsSonic Blue Nitro with Vintage Relic FinishNeo-ClassicOlympic White Nitro5a Birdseye Roasted Maple NeckFind out more at:EnterTalk Radio // www.entertalkradio.comPitbull Audio // www.pitbullaudio.comIconic Guitars //
On this episode we look at pedals around $100 from BOSS, Hotone Audio, Ibanez Guitars, Mooer , and TC Electronic. This is a nice mix of stomp boxes that can form a solid foundation for a good giggable pedal board. Less about boutique unicorns and more about real world utility, we give you some ideas on where to start when building your board.
Episode 24: Vibrato Drawer

Episode 24: Vibrato Drawer


Today, we're going LIVE with Sharpen The AXE hosts Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetskyto look at some vibrato and Leslie guitar effects pedals! All of these pedals are available at Let us know your thoughts, and comment some of YOUR favorite vibrato or Leslie pedals! Check out more episodes and gear previews at's demos:TC Electronics Shaker Mini… Electronic Viscous Vibe… Heavy Industry Omnicron Series Vibrato… Ventura Vibe… Lab Micro Vibe… Roctary…
On this episode, they will be talking to Matt Holl, the Founder and Designer of Wren and Cuff, as well as demoing some of their pedals, including:Your Face 70s silicon fuzz……/the-stompboxes/your-face-70sEye See Pi Smallfoot Muff-style fuzz… Elk Smallfoot fuzz… of War Distortion… Font Russian fuzz……/the-stompbo…/tall-font-russianYour Face 60s Germanium Fuzz… by EnterTalk Radio.
On this episode, The Shapen The AXE team interview John Suhr the Founder & CEO of Suhr Guitars and Electronics. We will be reviewing and demonstrating:Classic JM Pro Electric Guitar, Sonic Blue Finish:… Andy Wood Signature Modern T Electric Guitar, SS, Wilkinson 3 Saddle Bridge - Red……/modern-t/andy-wood-signature/Badger 18 All-Tube Amplifier Head, 18-Watt, 120V:… Jack Rabbit Analog Tremolo Effects Pedal for Electric Guitar……/modu…/suhr-jack-rabbit-tremolo-pedal/Suhr Shiba Drive Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal…
On this episode of Sharpen the Axe, co-hosts Eric Lucero and Paul Berezetsky are looking at some Joyo equipment - a cost effective way to get some tones and practicing in!
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