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Unveiled at NAMM this year, Synyster’s signature Schecter Hellwin amp is at the heart of Hail To The King’s tone. Developed in conjunction with legendary amp designer James Brown (the man behind the 5150), Syn spent two years working on it.
“I wanted it to have this incredible break-up but not lose any of that fluidity, especially when you’re doing legato stuff,” he explains. “The other huge thing for me was clean tones. It’s the first thing I had qualms with on other [heavy] amps. James nailed that right away. The other stuff took a little longer, but we got it and it’s a f**king incredible amp.”
According to Syn, the Hellwin USA 100, which retails at £2,349, is just the start and more affordable options could well be in the pipeline.
“We spared no expense,” he says. “I have to admit that I’m not stoked that it’s that expensive an amp, but I couldn’t not have MIDI on it, etc... But this is the beginning of a long line of amps. I want to put out great jazz amps, punk amps – whatever I’m feeling. I really want to start the next level of live amps, so it’s definitely possible.”