The Tone Mob Podcast

The Tone Mob Podcast

The year was 2015. Show host Blake Wyland intended to start a podcast where he took a deep dive with his guests from the guitar world to explain their rigs. What happened was that, but also a whole lot more. The show quickly evolved into discussions about people's lives. Guitars, pedals, amps, etc. are the central hub of the show, but it really is more about the PEOPLE behind all of it. Both the musicians who use the gear, and the folks that create these magical tools of expression. You can expect chats about songwriting, favorite bands, family, loss, addiction, conspiracy theories, philosophy, and most of all....... food. This podcast goes all over the place. Come take a ride.


January 23, 2023 68 min

This episode is definitely something different! On this one you are getting something a little different.

Today Sean Arbow of Gunstreet and Scott Marquart of Stringjoy are on the podcast to announce that Stringjoy and Gunstreet are officially teaming up!

This is something that we've all been working on behind the scenes on this merger for a very long time, so it is very exciting to finally have this out in the world.

All three of ...

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Carlos Lopez has a fascinating story. On this episode we explore how his extreme level of focus have guided him through his career. From his early days in East LA as a boxer, to attending Musician's Institute, getting a job a Fender Musical Instruments, becoming a freaking MASTER BUILDER in the Fender Custom Shop... and then heading out on his own adventure with Castedosa Guitars.

It is a fantastic story of hard work, perseveran...

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Thursday is an absolutely incredible and influential band so you can imagine how excited I was to sit down and talk with guitarist Steve Pedulla for this very special episode of the podcast.

On this episode we dive into Steve's gear journey in a very extensive way. Starting with his Gibson SG, and landing in Telecaster land. We really went down the rabbit hole of his guitar pedal choices, his digital/tube based hybrid rig of tod...

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Jo Braga is the insanely talented and very hard working creator behind the YouTube channel Pedal Playhouse. It is one of the most entertaining and unique viewing experiences in the guitar gear content world.

What started out as a very light and bouncy episode took a very unexpected turn when Jo told me her full story.

That said, her insane positivity and bubbly personality somehow still managed to generate laughs while we walked down...

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On this very special video episode of the podcast I invited my friend Dewey Halpaus of The Peer Pleasure Podcast to the Shred Shed for a TWO HOUR conversation of epic proportions.

We intended on this being a recap of our podcast lives in 2022, and we definitely got into how things are changing for his podcast, as well as my own. Including a new effort focused on YouTube for me!

The chat included a discussion of my ever evolving role ...

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This episode is absolutely insane! Big KO and I sit down with the guitar legend Eddie Martinez for one of the most epic chats in the history of this show.

Whether you know it or not, you have almost certainly heard Eddies guitar playing. The tracks are too numerous to list, but some names include RUN DMC, Meatloaf, Mick Jagger, Patti LaBelle, and many more.

We had a blast and I think you are going to love this!

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December 12, 2022 67 min

Mo Tedder is a songwriter from Nashville, TN who has an extremely interesting story! I met her on one of my plane rides back home from Nashville, and we talked for basically the entire flight.

Once she told me about her work with Healing Heartstrings, I knew I had to get her on the podcast. She takes people in the their darkest moments and helps them write and create songs to help them manage their pain. It's truly an incredible...

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December 5, 2022 69 min

Chris Gill has worked in the music industry in many different capacities over the years, but is most well known for his long tenures at Guitar Player & Guitar World Magazines.

He has interviewed the most famous guitarists on the planet hundreds of times, (Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons etc.) collected hundreds of pieces of gear, did artist management at Boardwalk Records, and just generally has had a fascinating caree...

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Today I am talking to Dan and Krystal from a company called Online Marketing. (No it isn't necessarily THAT kind of online marketing).

They hold a rather unique position in the musical instruments market that I do not think most people have considered or are even aware exists. We talk about what that is, what the purpose of the company is and go over some products from a couple of the brands that they represent. Specifically War...

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November 21, 2022 67 min

Hemorage are a San Francisco based band who have made a name for themselves by performing heavy thrash metal out of their van. They just pull up outside of a venue (oftentimes venues that refused to book them) and rip a fantastic set right in the street.

We talk about the philosophy behind this process, what their rigs look like, the goals for the band and a whole lot more!

Check out the band at their website. 

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November 14, 2022 77 min

This is definitely one of those "pinch me" moments. Chris Shiflett is not only a member of one of the raddest bands of all time, but he also is the host of a podcast that I love called Walking The Floor which you definitely should be listening to.

This was truly an epic conversation where we break down his process, talk about how he started his podcast, get into how he got into Foo Fighters, and a whole lot more!

Check out hi...

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November 7, 2022 77 min

This is a long overdue episode! I am bringing back one of my favorite people, Bob Keeley himself.

When Rob agreed to come on the podcast way back in 2015, I was not only flabergasted that he agreed to it, but it was one of the best episodes of this show that has been published.

Rob is back and giving us a much needed update on the state of Keeley Electronics, talking about collaborating with Andy Timmons, elaborating on some overlook...

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November 1, 2022 74 min

On this glorious episode, Ryan Ratajski from Fuzzrocious Pedals returns to the podcast to nerd out with Blake about Thrice's Alchemy Index, talk about his new collaboration with the band Cave In, and just generally hag out for a fun chat.

Ryan has become a true friend of the show for several years, and this is officially his fourth podcast appearance.

Check his wares out at his website. 

The Tone Mob Discord is HERE

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Lots of people have theorized that the video game "Rock Band" may have kick started a whole generation of guitarists. Ayla proves that that might just be true.

We had a great conversation about bringing just what the song needs to the table, technical ability vs songwriting, asking about the death of "genre" saying "YES" to everything and a whole lot more!

Check her out on YouTube & Instagram as well as he...

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October 17, 2022 72 min

WHAT MAKES THIS SONG STINK? That is the question that launched Pat's YouTube career.

In the depths of lockdown, Pat Finnerty, a lifetime musician from Scranton, PA started making videos critiquing songs. I found him via a video he made where he was literally protesting Train's "Soul Sister".

Normally I kind of detest these types of things, but Pat has such a hilarious yet honest delivery that it just works. His work i...

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What is the deal with Dumble Amplifiers? What is it about these guitar amplifiers that cause so much of a stir amongst us guitar geeks? Is the Overdrive Special really magical? Is a Steel String Singer deserving of it's legendary status?

Taylor Cox is the man behind Amplified Nation, which is one of the best known companies selling "Dumble style" amplifier companies in the musical instrument industry. On this episode we ...

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October 3, 2022 68 min

Mark Agnesi first popped up in internet guitarland as the host of Guitar of The Day and other such content for the legendary Norman's Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, California.

Eventually he became the Director of Brand Experience for Gibson Guitars and returned to Nashville Tennessee.

If you've spent much time in the online guitar communities, you know who he is. And if you don't, you are about to get to know him. Let'...

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It was bound to happen eventually... I am very excited to welcome to the podcast Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours!

In another life, Scott was a touring musician who had a breakthrough while sampling various famous pizzerias. These days, he is a world renowned pizza expert and the man behind the famous Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City.

On this episode we dissect the similarities between music and pizza, how subcultures ...

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On this week's episode, I am stoked to be talking to Addison Sauvan from JHS Pedals/The JHS Show! We had a brilliant chat about his career and how it has lead him to a spot on one of the most popular gear channels on YouTube.

Addison is a great dude who is obsessed with all things music and also is the owner of a fantastic mustache.

Check him out at least once a week on The JHS Show.

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September 12, 2022 69 min

Ian Martin Allison is a bassist. And not just any bassist, this dude is an absolute MONSTER on the instrument. Ever since he was first "forced" into the roll of commanding the low end, he developed a true passion for the instrument that is nearly impossible to match.

Ian has performed countless times in a wide variety of situations, but as far as The Internet is concerned he is most closely associated with the widely acclaim...

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