I’m just going to pretend that I haven’t neglected this blog for the last however long it has been and just start writing. Sound good? Great.
There have been a lot of comings and goings in terms of gear over the last few months, and the gear section of this blog is hopelessly out of date. Rather than detail everything that I have used since my blogging absence, I’ll just run down what I’m using right now. Here is what I’m working with currently.
- Warmoth/Fender Jazzmaster – I talked about this guitar a few months ago when I put it together, and I absolutely love it. I needs a little fret work, but it plays and sounds fantastic. It’s got some of the jangly jazzmaster thing with the fatness of P90s, and the neck (from my old ’94 american standard strat) is nice and broken in and super comfortable.
- Gibson Les Paul Special – Again, I totally love this guitar. It’s a no-nonsense rock machine. Super fat tones, great neck, awesome TV Yellow finish. It’s a little noisy, but it’s rock and roll, so who cares?
- Reverend Flatroc 15th Anniversary – I am by nature a toned down, no frills kinda guy. This guitar is pretty much the opposite of my personality. Silver flake finish (looks crazy under stage lighting), Bigsby trem, high output filtertron humbuckers, bass contour knob. It’s super blingy and fabulous, but I like it. I just got it, so I can’t guarantee that it’ll stick, but I got a great deal on it and it’s staying for now.
- Diamond Compressor – very “transparent,” subtle compressor with a great EQ. I leave it on almost all the time, and adjust the EQ depending on which guitar I’m using.
- Barber Gain Changer – Amazing low/medium gain overdrive. Incredibly flexible – capable of so many GREAT tones. It’s way cheaper than it has any right to be. You can find these for less than $100 used and it sounds better than a lot of overdrives that cost a lot more.
- Thru-Tone modded Ernie Ball VP Jr. – Thru-Tone added a great buffer and tone control to deal with the high end loss that these volume pedals typically impart. Also, it has blue LEDs, so there’s that.
- Strymon El Capistan dTape delay (modded by me to accept external tap input) – This thing is magic in a box. Awesome crinkly/fluttery tape delay tone machine.
- Strymon Timeline delay – probably the most powerful delay pedal currently available. I traded my old one for a Deluxe Memory Man w/Tap Tempo (also a great pedal) for a while, but I missed the Timeline, so it’s back on the board.
- Strymon BigSky Reverberator – I just got this yesterday, and I have only had a few minutes to play with it, but I really like what I have heard so far. Extremely versatile, with lots of reverb styles from classic spring reverb to crazy choral and reverse sounds.
- TC Electronic Ditto Looper – It’s just a really simple, basic looper. Great for practicing and coming up with layering ideas. I haven’t tried to use it live yet.
Note: my time-based effects are synced with a JHV3 MTPro1:3 MIDI tap controller, and I have a pair of This1smyne mini expression wheels connected to the big Strymon pedals to adjust various parameters on the fly.
- Bogner Goldfinger 45 head
- Bogner Goldfinger 2×12″ cab (Celestion Greenback & Weber Ceramic Blue Dog)
I have had this amp for almost 2 years now, which is probably a record for me. It has a really great clean channel, and a really flexible dirty channel. It does everything that I need it to do, and it has kept me from wanting to do any amp research for a pretty long time.
I’ll do a post soon(ish) detailing how I use all this stuff. I also need to update my gear page with new pics and stuff. I guess I’ll get to that eventually.