The two man sludge metal band Galvano hails from Gothenburg, Sweden and consists of vocalist/guitarist Mattias Nööjd and drummer Fredrik Käll. With just two members, the band still manage to create a thick, thundering wall of sound. Mattias caught up with us and broke down his guitar and amp rig to help us understand how said sound is made!
What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Mattias: This potion has more than one ingredient! It’s a combination of all the things in my signal chain: 2005 Les Paul Custom 57 re-issue with a Lace Drop & Gain bridge pickup (such a great pickup!). That goes through a Pro Co RAT pedal then it splits up in my Radial Bones Twin-City A-B-Y pedal and on to the -74 Sunn Model T and an Ampeg SVT Pro 3. The Model T sits on a Marshall 4×12 and a No Name 4×12. The Ampeg head sits on a Ampeg 8×10. There are a few more pedals that might get stomped on now and then but I keep it pretty simple. The component that colors my sound the most though is the Model T.
What about it makes it so important to you?
Mattias: It’s a real work horse, insanely powerful and possesses all the mid-range I want and then some.
What are the major pros and cons?
Mattias: Pros, see above. Cons, possibly too loud for smaller venues, but I don’t mind; just use earplugs…
How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it?
Mattias: Had it for about two years I believe, it runs along with the Ampeg head both on most of the time. I use the RAT to boost the distortion a bit and give it a bit more crunch. Right now I don’t see why I’d ever replace it, but at the same time I’m not married to it so you never know.
Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Mattias: Fun trivia, it’s previously owned by Aaron turner from ISIS!
Check out the song: “Two Titans”