Any modern guitarist (or retro one for that matter), who doesn’t subscribe to Joe Gore’s Tonefiend website is missing out. If nothing else you must check out his analysis of the major germanium fuzz circuits released between 1962 and 1968. It is a magnificently researched and reported work. The only thing I would add is that some of the thinner sounding, lower gain fuzz circuits might find favor with players who are already overdriving their amplifiers and just want to add character to the amp distortion.
As Joe Gore says here, his last demo was more about imitating other instruments with the new Fishman TriplePlay synth guitar system. Here he shows some of the potential for creating otherworldly sounds using this new wireless MIDI controller for guitar.
Former Guitar Player Magazine editor Joe Gore (to whom I owe my role as GP Consulting Editor) gives a great demo of the looping process. He also shows one possible method of combining guitar, laptop, software, and external hardware in this informative video. Here he uses a MacBook Pro laptop, Apple’s MainStage software, Native Instruments and SoundToys plug-ins, a Boomerang III looper and Side Car, a Keith McMillen SoftStep MIDI control pedal, and a James Trussart Steelcaster. Be sure to check out his sites: tonefiend.com and mental99.com