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Guitar Gear

Guitars, Amps, Pedals, etc

I have collected quite a bit of guitar gear over the years. I tend to favor single-coil guitars such as Stratocasters and Telecasters. Some day I will get a Les Paul, but I don't feel like I really need one at this point.

For amps, I like old Fender amps, as well as more rockier Marshall-type amps. I am not too much into heavy gain monster amps though. With a good clean amp tone, I can get a wide variety of cool gain tones by using a variety of pedals.

Amps : Reverend Hellhound, Avatar 2x12 closed back cabinet with Celestion 70/80 speakers, Vox Valvetronix AD50VT, SX 10w practice amp.
Guitars : Suhr Classic, Fender Deluxe Players Strat® , Squier Standard Telecaster, Squier '51, Squier Stratocaster, Richard the Dorian, SX SST 62 Strat copy, SX DG-50CE electro-acoustic, and a Yamaha cheap, crappy acoustic.
Electric Bass : SX SJB-57 Jazz Bass.
Effects : I have a pedal board I made myself out of a suitcase, but I have replaced it with a Pedaltrain 2 board. The pedals I use are:

  1. 19 Sixty 3
  2. Arion MOC-1 Octave Pedal
  3. Arion SCH-1 Stereo Chorus
  4. Boss Blues Driver
  5. Baja Tech Custom Das Fuzz
  6. Boss DD-20 Delay
  7. Rocktron X-Tune
  8. Danelectro Cool Cat Fuzz
  9. Danelectro Cool Cat Drive
  10. Danelectro Fab Distortion
  11. Danelectro Chicken Salad
  12. Danelectro PB J Delay
  13. Digitech Bad Monkey
  14. Digitech EX-7 Expression Factory
  15. Digitech Hot Head
  16. Digitech JamMan
  17. DOD FX80B
  18. DOD Ice Box Chorus
  19. DOD DFX91 Delay
  20. Dunlop Octave Fuzz
  21. Fulltone Clyde Wah
  22. Ibanez Tremolo TL5
  23. Lexicon LXP-1
  24. Maxon SD-9
  25. MXR Micro Amp
  26. One-Spot Adapter
  27. Pedal Board
  28. Reverend Drivetrain
  29. Rocktron X-Tune

Recording Gear

  • Toneport UX1
  • Sony DCR TRV-33 Digital Camcorder (Mini-DV)
  • Canon Vixia HG-20 HD Camcorder
  • Tascam US-122 USB Audio Interface
  • Shure SM 57 dynamic microphone
  • MacBook Pro
  • Velbon CX-686 Tripod for video camera

Other Gear

For picks, I use V-picks, hand made picks by Vinnie Smith. They are really nice; they give me better control over my picking, compared to most other picks I've ever tried. I also sometimes use Dunlop Gator 2mm picks - they're nice and round, and thick! For cables, I don't use a specific brand, just whatever I've collected through the years. I like the Digiflex cables I recently got. Some of my friends use Planet Waves, and they seem very nice indeed. I use George L cables to connect my pedals. I recently got a Planet Waves Guitar Strap that I really like. It is wide and soft, and very comfortable. Also inexpensive.

I use a few Kyser products: a Capo quick-change, Dr. Stringfellow string lubricant & cleaner and Dr. Stringfellow Lem-Oil for taking care of the rosewood fretboard. The string cleaner is a great thing to keep your strings fresh longer.

I probably have too many pedals, but I think it's fun to experiment and get different sounds. I have been called "Inspector Gadget" on occasion...

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