Country-Blues Guitarist Ford Thurston Takes To The Road With HardWire® Pedals
August 05, 2010
January was more than the start of a new year for Ford Thurston. Since being introduced to HardWire® pedals at Winter NAMM, Thurston has been hooked on the simple, yet powerful pedal and is currently deploying a wide array of pedals on tour with multiple country acts, in addition to shows on Nashville's famous bar scene on Broadway.
"As soon as I heard what the pedal could do this winter, I grabbed a guitar and started to rock it out," said Thurston. "I've been using it for the majority of my work ever since."
A Nashville native, Thurston has been playing the guitar for more than 22 years. It was only a matter of time before his talents lined him up with leading southern artists on stage and in the studio. The musician's HardWire arsenal consists of an HT-2 Chromatic Tuner, DL-8 Delay/Looper, RV-7 Stereo Reverb and of course, the CM-2 Tube Overdrive pedal.
Thurston will be taking the Hardwire on tour with several Nashville acts, including Anthony Smith, Brynn Marie and all-female group Lucy Angel. "To completely entertain the fans throughout these tours I wanted a durable pedal that has its own sound, and that's exactly what I get out of the Tube Overdrive," continued Thurston.
"Ford's use of the HardWire pedals during his live shows and studio sessions emphasizes Harman's mission of providing high-quality equipment for musicians," said Rob Urry, president of Harman Music Group. "We are pleased to offer industry-leading equipment to help them entertain the masses."
Raising the standards of performance and quality for guitar pedals, HardWire pedals are extreme performance pedals built to stand up to the demands of the life of a touring musician. The pedals preserve guitar tone by operating at a significantly higher voltage than standard pedals, performing best out of hot guitar pickups and in the high voltage environment of an amplifier effects loop. The high-voltage rails of the HardWire pedals guarantee constant effects performance throughout the life of the battery and prevent tone loss as it operates on a steady voltage.
"The HardWire pedals are some of the simplest pieces on my pedal board, but works better than all of my other equipment," stated Thurston. "You turn it on and it's not frumpy; it's good to go."
For more information and music samples, please visit www.myspace.com/fordthurston.