PRS: How did you start playing music/guitar? How old were you?
RR: I bought my first guitar at the age of 13. In 1991, ( age 14) I went to see my first concert, Metallica, with my brother. I had the instinct to begin playing seriously after that show.
PRS: What was it about that guitar that first pulled you in? Who were some of your biggest musical influences?
RR: I was drawn to the PRS Tremonti model the first time I saw it. Later, I watched Mark Tremonti playing that guitar and it was like lightning struck. I knew that was my guitar. I still use the PRS from 2002; I think they’re the best guitars ever! My biggest influences at the beginning were Heftield and Metallica. They were really inspirational to me as a guitar player and singer. Then, I discovered other rock/metal music. I love 70’s rock like Led Zeppelin, experimental music like Frank Zappa, and also blues and jazz. I love music that gives me some emotion.
PRS: You have quite a variety of PRS models… tell us a little bit about your favorite models and how they fit with the Klogr material.
RR: I really love Modern Eagle I with the Brazilian rosewood neck. With Klogr I use singlecut 245 and 250, Tremonti model with tremolo and a Semi-Hollow body custom 22 with piezo system. These guitars give our music a good feeling and the right sound. PRS has the right sound because it’s a modern guitar with the same attitude of a one of a kind guitar. I can’t imagine a Klogr show without PRS. It’s part of our music.
PRS: What’s been your coolest experience as a guitar player?
RR: I used to spend a lot of time in Bologna at a music shop dreaming of my perfect guitar. Then, when I was 21 I bought my first custom 22. Once I got it, I realized it would be my traveling companion for a long time.