The Fretwire Podcast

Interview's with the people making and distributing the coolest guitar related gear today, as well as commentary and reports on the state of the industry and other stuff that guitar and bass fanatics might find interesting.
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Jun 24, 2017

Welcome back for the relaunch of The Fretwire Podcast. For the first couple of minutes I cover little bit of podcast business and then I get onto a great interview with one of the coolest new amp builders in the US right now, Kyle Rhodes from KSR amps.

Kyle has an amazingly advanced facility small facility in Ohio with all of the hi-tech machines that a manufacture needs but his amps still have the attention to detail that small builders lavish on their creations.  They also have switching and programmability beyond what most amps provide due to Kyle's background in electronic design.

Kyle is also a real down to earth guy who has a work ethic that should inspire anyone who wants to build anything.  He was a "Maker" long before the term was coined and the amps he turns out are really special.

I hope you enjoy listening to this podcast as much I enjoyed recording it!


Jun 2, 2016

Hi again!  Today's guest is Ben Hinz of Dwarfcraft Devices.  Ben is a fellow Wisconsinite who makes really weird, cool, crazy...  musical "Devices" that bend and break your sound in a musical way.

Ben is a your classic "Midwestern" I need something so I'll build it myself kind of person, but he took that idea and made it into an extremely cool little company with some awesome pedals and Eurorack devices.  

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May 15, 2016

This week we are talking to Dean Birdsong From Warehouse Guitar Speaker aka WGS.


Dean is a speaker industry veteran with a passion for helping guitarist find "their" speaker.  Dean even braves the guitar gear forums to learn and discuss speakers with guitarists even though he's not a player himself.

He share a vast amount of information about speakers and how they are manufactured and shared some details on a new "ala cart" custom order speaker project that he's helped bring to market at WGS.


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Apr 29, 2016

The man, the myth...  The Doctor.  Not Who, but Z!


This is a super sized episode and is a lot of fun to listen to.


Mike was a really high energy guest, enthusiastic and fun.  He loves what he does and what he does is make great amps!


Mike also had a lot of stories about his friend, the legendary Ken Fisher, the designer of Trainwreck amps who passed away a few years ago, and how Ken collaborated with him to help create some of Z's best know amps.  Including Brad Paisley's Z Wreck!  The good Dr. also talks about some of his other high profile clients, like Joe Walsh and Steve Miller.


To learn more about Dr.Z check out his website


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Apr 15, 2016

Welcome back again!  

Today we are talking with Steve Carr from Carr Amps.  Carr amps are one of the earlier boutique amp builders to hit the market and Steve shares a lot of information about his amps and about the character of classic amplifiers.

Steve has a fantastic website with A LOT of information, video links and demos of his products.  You can find it at


He also has a Youtube channel loaded with even more videos that you can find here:


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Mar 12, 2016

This episode is a in informative interview with Daniel Klein of Port City Amps.  Daniel and his staff make Amps, Pedals and highly engineered ported cabs that defy your expectations that so much great tone can come from such small rigs.  Daniel is a real gentleman and was a lot of fun to chat with before, during and after the recording.

Check out his website at and/or find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms too!  You can check out their great looking gear and check out their stable of artists, which will impress you as much as the designs will.

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Dec 8, 2015

Welcome back for Episode 4, Chris Van Tassel of J Rocket Audio Designs.  Chris starts by announcing a charitable drive that he is starting for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and then we get into talking gear, covering an amazing amount of ground and learning about product design and development, how things change as company grows and how big a part collaboration plays in Rockett Pedals Designs.  (Hint... A lot.)

We also get into the history of their "Klone" the Archer and learn a little about why this design is so revered. 

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Nov 19, 2015

Sorry about the delay but real life gets in the way sometimes.  We're back with a really fun episode focusing on one of the coolest small guitar companies out there, Ronin Guitars.  John and Izzy were a lot of fun to talk with, in fact we talked for a good hour without recording and I wish I had that on here too!



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Oct 23, 2015

Welcome back for another full episode of The Fretwire Podcast!  This episode is an interview with Joe Knaggs of Knaggs Guitars.  We cover Joe's views on what gives a guitar its character and sound, his years at PRS, guitars as works of art and guitars that just plain work too.

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Oct 10, 2015

Welcome to the first show a fun and informative interview with Greg and Barry from Xact Tone Solutions, or XTS for short.


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Oct 10, 2015

This is just a short introduction so you know how and why behind the podcast.

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