There’s probably not one aspect of guitar playing that’s more fun than gear! Sure it’s amazing to write music and record music and can be an absolute obsession, playing shows in front of expectant audiences, sharing your vision and passion, is obviously what it’s really all about…but…There’s something about the instruments themselves’s that speaks to you. It happens when you experience your first electric guitar up close, or maybe it’s when you first saw a guitar in a magazine or on TV. I still get totally excited when I walk into a music store!
Like a lot of us, I have gone through so much equipment in my career that I could never list it all. I have owned twenty one guitars and let most of them go for various reasons. Some I would still like to get back! I have what I need (pretty much) to make the sounds in my head come out but my wish list is huge! For me it comes down to the Stratocaster sound, Telecaster sound the 335 and the Les Paul, as the four pillars of electric guitar tone. I also like the idea of having one live guitar that can cover all of those bases pretty well. As for amplifiers, again, my wish list is extreme but, for now, I am pretty darn happy with my Fuchs ODS and Carr Slant 6.
Over the last 3 or so years, I have been using Fractal Audio Axe FX3 and more recently the Fractal Audio FM9 as well. These amp and effects molders are amazing and have really enhanced my guitar life. Weather teaching, making videos, recording or performing, these devices have truly changed my guitar life.
Pedals are maybe the most fun of all. There are so many amazing manufacturers that have new pedals coming out seemingly every day but let’s not forget all of the classics that never go out of style. Throw in recording gear, all of the killer tech advances and a whole host of miscellaneous stuff and it’s really pretty incredible.
It’s all in the quest for the very best tone that we can achieve. Everyone of us has a different idea what that means and it may change over time. From the pick to the string/cable/pedalboard/cable/amp/mic/mic cable/preamp/AD conversion/sample rate/etc… the mix/plug ins/outboard gear blending old and new/mastering/format/ it all matters and matters a lot. Technology is catching up with tradition and I’m starting to embrace all of that more and more. At least I’m not at a lose for things to obsess over! lol
“2016 Anderson Drop Top, Deep Ocean Blue (my live guitar)”
“2014 Anderson Classic, Tobacco Burst”
“2010 Gibson 335 Tobacco Burst”
“2004 Martin 000C-16RGTE Acoustic”
“2007 Alverez AC60SC Classical”
2003 Carr Slant 6V
2009 Fuchs ODS30SLX
FUCHS Mini Cab Celestian G12H 30 speaker
Trailer Trash Pedal Board. Custom wired by Trailer Trash’s Rooster Olson.
signal chain- Fulltone Clyde Deluxe(wah wah), Hilton Volume Pedal, next 7pedals wired into a Loop Master true bypass strip ,Analog Man Sun Face NKT 275 Red Dot(fuzz face), Peterson Strobostomp 2 (tuner), Xotic EffectsRobotalk 2(envelpoe filter), Sweetsound Mojo Vibe(uni vibe), Trex Comp Nova(compressor), Xotic Effects RC Booster( clean boost),Voodoo Lab Analog Chorus, next 8 pedals wired into a Musicom Labs MK 3 Audio Controller(midi controller) Keely Katana Blues Drive, Analog Man-Ibanez TS9 808 Silver Mod -Tube Screamer(distortion), Rockbox Boiling Point(distortion), Eventide Pitch Factor(harmonizer),Eventide Mod Factor(modulation effects) Eventide Time Factor(delay) Trex Room Mate 2(reverb) Trex Replica(delay in the effects loop of the Fuchs)
4 Evidence Audio Melody cables- from the pedal board to the amps, Mogami Platnum from Pedal Board to guitar.
Having trashed countless pedals, and having multiple pedal board “breakdowns” on stage, I broke down, and built this layout. (see picture) The board was assembled by Trailer Trash Pedalboards. This board runs two amps, has a programable midi controller, and a true bypass strip for the “extras” that I may want to grab. It is hard wired, reliable, and is super quiet.
Line 6 HX Effects
Miscellaneous guitar gear
Full Tone Fulldrive 2
Exotic effects AC booster
Voodoo Lab Tremelo
Ernie Ball VPJR
Line 6 relay G 50 wireless system
Fishman Triple Play
Digi Tech Trio Plus
Yamaha THR10 Blues
Studio Slips bags,
Mono Double Guitar Bag