NAMM 2013 VIDEO: Alex Skolnick demos his signature Budda AS Preceptor amp

NAMM 2013: We've been hanging out with Alex Skolnick a lot lately: One day, we're talking to him about his 10 essential guitar albums; the next, we're hooking with him at NAMM to get the lowdown on his new signature amp from Budda Amplification.

The AS Preceptor is a three-channel, high-gain head that the Testament guitarist developed to meet his diverse, ever-evolving needs - meaning it can handle thrash metal, jazz, world music and no doubt anything else.

There's a boatload of sonic goodies featured in the AS Preceptor (including a nine-channel MIDI foot controller - very nice), and in the video above, the man himself explains them all and demos some of the sounds.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.