[ what he uses ]
Like most guitarists, I love my gear. Over the years, I’ve regretted every pedal, amp, and guitar I’ve sold on, but new things need funding somehow…
One of my favourite rigs was a Marshall JMP-1 preamp into an Alesis 3630 compressor, driven by an Ibanez Starfield stereo power amp that weighed a ton! Later, I used a tweed ’85 Marshall JCM 800 along with a bunch of drive and effects pedals. After that, I bought a Hughes and Kettner Switchblade – a fantastic 100W tube amp that I still own and use to this day. For a while, I dabbled with a monster 200W head containing KT88 valves, built by Aitken Audio, and which weighed more than Satan’s balls but had incredible headroom.
In terms of pedals, my favourites include the Boss Super Overdrive, the EHX Micro Synth, and the Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah. I also love the Boss RE-20 Space Echo and Fender Blender fuzz.
For cabs, I used a single Marshall 1960B 4×12 for a long time.
Currently, I’m using a rackmounted Kemper Profiling amp and the power section of my Hughes & Kettner Switchblade to drive two cabinets; both custom 4×12 built by Gary Walker and Chris Williams. I use the Kemper Remote to control patches, a Mission Engineering EP1-KP for expression, and a Dunlop XL volume pedal. The rig offers me a light, portable rig that involves the fewest number of cables to worry about.
My clean tone is based on a Suhr Badger and for distortions I rely on a modified Friedman BE-100 profile. All effects come from the Kemper.
Over the years I’ve owned Stratocasters, Jaguars, and Godin guitars. These days, I’m using a Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special with a Seymour Duncan Lil ’59er in the bridge and the stock Jazzmaster pickup in the neck position. I also use a Gretch Pro Jet Electromatic with a FilterTron pickup in the bridge and the stock pickup in the neck, but with half the pole pieces removed. My third main guitar is a heavily modified Epiphone 335 Dot Studio, with Duesenburg pickups, a roller bridge, and a trapeze tailpiece. I’ve also recently acquired an Epiphone Les Paul with Seymour Duncan pickups.