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Egnater Artist: Richard Fortus — Rhythm guitarist for Guns 'n Roses

Egnater Artist: Richard Fortus

"I never really found an amp that could do more than 1 or 2 things really well. The M4 changed all of that. It basically allows me to have 8 different tones on hand. I can go from a cleanish Plexi sound, a hot-rodded Plexi, a clean black-faced Deluxe to an overdriven Deluxe to a modern hi-gain to a Dumble to an AC30 and the amazing thing, it does all of these sound really well!! I've heard these types of claims from amps in the past but the M4 is the first that actually delivers in spades. Absolute genius!"


Richard Fortus (born November 17, 1966) is a professional guitarist who is most famous for being rhythm guitarist in Guns N' Roses.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Fortus cut his teeth throughout the Midwest with his band, The Eyes. The four-piece alternative band independently released "Freedom in a Cage", which was produced by David Probst. After signing with Atlantic Records, they changed their name to Pale Divine. They subsequently toured the U.S. in support of their only album, Straight to Goodbye, opening for The Psychedelic Furs.

After The Psychedelic Furs split up, Fortus formed Love Spit Love with Richard Butler and Tim Butler. When The Furs reformed in 2000, Fortus joined the group as second guitarist and played on the live album 'Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live'.

Fortus has since left Love Spit Love and is now a member of Guns N' Roses, replacing Axl Rose's childhood friend Paul Tobias. In Guns N' Roses, Richard plays both rhythm and lead guitar. Axl is very pleased with Richard's work and has said, "He's an amazing lead player and very technically skilled. He really likes the pocket that Brain sets and the two of them click with Tommy so we finally have the real deal rhythm section, as Richard is a proven professional. Basically, Richard's the guy that we always were looking for."

 
   
 

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