Francesco Artusato is quite the accomplished shredder known for his work in All Shall Perish, The Francesco Artusato Project, and now, the Howard Jones-fronted metal band, Devil You Know. Together with John Sankey (drums), Ryan Wombacher (bass), and Roy Lev-Ari (guitar), the fast-growing group is set to release their debut offering, The Beauty of Destruction, in North America on April 29th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. In an effort to learn more about the powerful sound behind this debut, we sent some gear-related questions to Artusato. Here’s what he had to say.

What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Artusato: Actually, not just one thing but two. Ibanez guitars (mahogany body with a maple top) with Seymour Duncan pickups (SH-6 on the bridge). It’s an incredible combination!

What about it makes it so important to you?
Artusato: It’s what my hands are more comfortable with and what my ears want to hear. I love it!

How was this gear used during the recording of your latest album?
Artusato: Throughout the entire record… just a couple of those guitars (7 and 8 string guitars) besides an acoustic guitar.

How do you recreate your album (guitar/vocal/bass) tones in your live set?
Artusato: Those guitars combined with a Laney Ironheart head and a cab with v30 speakers.

Do you have a backup for this gear, if so, what?
Artusato: The same exact thing actually.

How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it?
Artusato: I’m very happy with what I’ve been using live and in the studio. It’s been a couple of years now using this setup. I wouldn’t change a thing at the moment.

Give us your best “gear goes wrong” story.
Artusato: Played a festival in Indonesia and we had to plug into gear that was completely not what we asked for and it sounded horrible. Our sound guy was having a major heart attack that day! We ended up laughing about it.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Artusato: Experimenting with gear is the only way to find what you are looking for in terms of sound. It’s definitely going to take some time but there’s no other way. You have to use your ears.

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