SEGAS Interviews Greg Howard

Greg Howard has been a touring guitar tech for the last 12 years.  He has worked with such artists as Aerosmith, Green Day. Linkin Park, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Verve Pipe, Cry of Love and many others. On the road experience in gear selection, setup and onstage troubleshooting of guitar rigs. Responsible for the daily restrining, tuning, intonation and maintenance of touring guitars. Greg is a self-professed gearhead and tone seeker.  Greg is one of the 3 Monkeys of “3 Monkeys Amplification” a Vendor and Sponsor of this years SEGAS!

SEGAS:  We would first like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview!  How long has it been since your last interview?

Howard: A couple of weeks, I just did one for Jay at

SEGAS: How long have you been working in the music industry?

Howard: Almost 25 years now, since 1987.

SEGAS: How did you first get started in the business?

Howard: I started managing a record store right out of college, then I worked in the office of the two biggest music stores in the Triangle.

SEGAS: What inspired you guys to start 3 Monkeys?

Howard: I was going to start a company by myself. One day I was talking it over with Ossie (who was doing Blockhead Amps at the time), and he suggested we do something together. Being a big fan of his amps already, I said yes. Later we went to dinner with Brad Whitford  and he said he wanted to be a part of the company also.

SEGAS: Being that we all here are SEGAS are sound junkies, what advice could you give for finding that perfect tone?

Howard: Try out as much stuff as you can. We constantly try new things at the shop, whether it be a vintage amp, a new guitar, pickups, etc.

SEGAS: If you had one piece of advice to give to all the folks out there looking into building their own amps, what would it be?

Howard: Don’t. Ha. Seriously, if someone wants to do it I say read as much as you can on the subject, and make sure you have the skills to build an amp. You have to be careful, as the voltages inside a tube amp can be deadly, that is no joke.

SEGAS: 3 Monkeys will be at SEGAS this year, what kind of cool stuff can we expect to see from you guys this year?  Are we going to see the new “Virgil” amps?

Howard: We’ll have a plethora of amps in various colors again and I am working on a cool booth design. We will definitely have the new Virgil and Grease Monkey II models on hand.

SEGAS: What kind of things would you like to see 3 Monkeys accomplish?

Howard: I’d like to continue growing the company each year, adding new models and keeping the brand fresh and fun.

SEGAS: As a person in your position, how do the challenges of being one of the 3 Monkeys differ from those involved with being a tour tech?

Howard: 3 Monkeys is a creative outlet for me, whereas touring is more about doing the same thing every day, just in a different place. I enjoy both, neither really seems like a ‘job’, but these days I prefer to be home and working on 3 Monkeys.

SEGAS:  3 Monkeys won “Best Amp Head” last year at SEGAS, any projections for this year?

Howard: We hope to win a “Best of” again!!

SEGAS: Which aspect of this year’s SEGAS are you looking forward to the most?

Howard: I enjoy meeting and talking to players, seeing friends in the business, and hopefully turning new people on to 3 Monkeys.

SEGAS: Again, we would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us!  We’ll see you guys at show time!



July 15, 2011 in 2011,Interviews,News | Comments (1)