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Friday, September 25, 2009

Gear: Simon's Crap pt. 1

For anyone who is interested, here's the crap I'll be using when we're playing in YIS.

Up the back is a early 2000s VOX AC30tbx with the Celestion Blues. These were the last of the Voxes made in England before they went off to Asia and started making the CC range and beyond. It's heavy. I retubed it with a full new set of JJs from Eurotubes and it sounds pretty great. I also use a Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 amp when I can't be bothered lugging around this behemoth... which is often.

The cool looking thing in front of it is a Roland PK-5 Midi Foot Controller, which gives you a full octave keyboard you can play with your feed. I guess it's modeled from the old Moog Taurus synth which has just been reissued, except it doesn't have any sounds of it's own. It's linked up to a Korg MS2000 (which is the bigger brother of the popular Korg Microsynth that everyone loves) at the moment via MIDI, but I'll hopefully get something that's a bit more portable as I don't think I'll have to use the keyboard on it.

The big beefy pedalboard serves two purposes; it has my guitar pedals and it also has the Line 6 DL-4 delay I run my vocals through. It's also controlled by the big silver Roland expression pedal on the right, which allows me to morph between two patches if I want to add some repeats/oscillation/modulation/freakiness onto it. This is very useful for disguising the fact that I can't sing AT ALL.

Pedals change often, but on the board at the moment is... a Lovepedal BBB07 fuzz (half fuzz-face, half rangemaster with a blend control) + a COT50 overdrive (one knob, a heap of sounds), a Electro-Harmonix POG2 octave pedal (which I'm still getting the hang of), a Cusack Tap-A-Whirl trem pedal (which has tap-tempo; analog signal path with a digital brain), a Freakshow Digilog delay (which replaced my beloved Boss DM-3 analog delay - R.I.P.), and finally a Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Plus reverb. This changes often.

I'll shoot some guitar porn later and upload at some stage.

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