American guitar player Andrew J. Elstner, a musician from a musical family, has been playing guitar professionally for 27 years — four years as a teacher and fifteen years as a touring musician.
Currently a member of the band Torche, St. Louis-based Tilts, and formerly Riddle of Steel, Andrw's playing arcs across rock, metal, indie/math rock, classic rock, and heavier styles. Mixed in with those styles is also an obsession with British finger-style playing and American folk blues: from Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy, to Leo Kotke and John Fahey.
Andrew Elstner with his band, Torche
At the moment, southeastern U.S.-based band Torche takes up the bulk of Andrew's writing, recording, and touring schedule, playing shows all across the United States, West and Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
I was somewhat skeptical of a digital pedalboard at first, mainly because I think like a lot of the stuff with other pedals ends up being unusable. With the G5n, I’ve been able to put it at the front end of my amp like a super-lead clone and have it sound awesome...very close to what I already use.
ANDREW'S CUSTOM G5n PATCHES
- Torche Snk - Copying the tone from Torche track, "Snakes Are Charmed." MS800 and Delay.
- ROS Rthm1 - Copying my rhythm tone from my Riddle of Steel days. Big, even, not too gainy or bright. Xtacy Blue, Rack Comp, EQ
- ROS Deepr - Copying my tone from the "Deeper Still" track from Riddle of Steel. Same as previous but with Delay.
- ROS Invsbl - From the "Invisible Hands" track from Riddle of Steel. Delay, FD TWNR, Rack comp and high oct. pitch shift.
- ROS H.O.L. - From, "This is a house of Lies" from Riddle of Steel. Analog delay, Phaser (light phase), Xtacy Blue, Rack comp and EQ.
- H4PZA - The "Hot For Pizza" patch. The title of a VH inspired Tilts song, and my nod to an EVH style Marshall tone.
- Twin City - FD TWNR amp and cab sim, with spring reverb.
- Boxy - UK30A and cab sim, with added comp and room reverb. Nice power pop tones.
- BOGZ - My take on a hot rodded Bogner style tone. Xtacy Blue, BGN 4x12, ZNR and Mod Delay. Another awesome lead sound.
- Shoegaze - Shoegaze bands love a FD TWNR on full blast. FD TWNR and cab sim, plus pedal verb and Mod delay for the sea-sick feel.
Check out samples of Andrew's custom patches for June+July 2016 in the video above, or listen to all of the patches on SoundCloud..