Monday, July 7, 2008

Walk this way or at least Sound this way with Joe Perry

Joe Perry, the Lead Guitarist/Songwriter of Aerosmith, has been able to uphold a long career, probably due to the catchy riff and hooks this guitarist is able to produce, but he also has a unique and recognizable sound.

Here is a list of equipment used on the most recent tour:

2 Marshall Major 200-watt heads (believe only one is used)
2 Marshall 4X12 Speaker Cabinets
Variac power attenuator

Effects Pedals/Pedalboard:
Radial Studio Guitar Interface SGI-RX receiver
Klon Centaur Overdrive pedal
Chicago Iron Tychobrahe Octavia pedal
MoogerFooger MF-104Z Analog Delay pedal
Line 6 MM-4 Modulation Modeler pedal
Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler pedal
Carl Martin Plexi-Tone pedal
Digitech Whammy pedal
Vox Wah-Wah Pedal
Ernie Ball 6180 Mono Volume Pedal
Radial Studio Guitar Interface SGI-TX transmitter

There are two things in Perry's pedal chain that change from time to time. First being his octave pedal, he used a few different ones intermittently including: Octavia Pedal, Electro-Harmonix POG pedal, and a Fulltone Ultimate Octave Pedal.

Additionally, his delays alternate between the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Pedal, DL-4 Pedal, and the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo Pedal.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) Signature Sound

Randy Rhoads was Ozzy Osbourne's guitar player for many years. He is best known for his work on the song, "Crazy Train", and is my personal favorite guitarist that has played lead guitar for Ozzy.

Here is a list of the gear used in his set-up:

Amp: Marshall JMP100 Watt Master Volume Head
Guitar: Jackson RR-1 Electric Guitar (Signature Model)
Pedals: MXR 10 Band Equalizer, MXR Analog Delay, MXR Distortion Plus, MXR Stereo Chorus, MXR Stereo Flanger, Roland FV-300H Volume Pedal, and Vox 847 Wah.

He also used a few rackmount effects including:
Roland RE-301 Space Echo Tape Delay/Chorus/Reverb
Yamaha E1005 & E1010 Analog Delay / Chorus / Flanger

Here samples of Randy's sound here:

Great guitarist. His life was ended in a ultra-light Airplane while on tour with Ozzy, but he lives on in his sound and his songs.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Grunge's God

Kurt Cobain, leader of the band Nirvana, was able to change a whole generation of music with the bands sounds. Almost killing the 80s metal scene by being its anti-christ.

Here a sample of his sound here:

Kurt's setup is as follows:

Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar
Fender Mustang Electric Guitar
Fender Stratocaster Standard Electric Guitar

Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion
Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus
Electro-Harmonix Stereo PolyChorus
Tech 21 SansAmp Classic

Celestion 12" Vintage 30 Speakers

Crest 4801 Power Amplifier
Mesa/Boogie Studio Preamp

What else will I say...

Want to be Thunderstruck?

One of the biggest bands of their time's guitarist used one of the most simplest set-ups; that title goes to Angus Young of AC/DC.

Angus is best known for his schoolboy outfit, dance moves (Duck walk that looks very similar to Chuck Berry's moves), and of course his SG electric guitar. It seems everything he has to create tone is on the minimal side of things.

Here a sample of his sound:

Here is his setup:

Guitar: 1964 Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar
Amp: Marshall JMP 100 Watt MAster Volume Head
Cabinets: Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet / 4x12, Marshall 1960B Straight Cabinet / 4x12

That's it. He plugs directly into his amp.

Hope you enjoy. Rock.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sound Like John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

John Frusciante probably one of the most-well known guitarist of our time and one of the most imitated. John was not a founding member of the RHCP, but he certainly defined the band and its sound.

John left the band during the touring for the album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and was replaced eventually by Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), whom the album, One Hot Minute, was recorded with. After John's departure from the group he went into a downward spiral of drugs and overindulgence. Locking himself up in his residence for days on long drug-trips while painting.

John rejoined the group and the RHCP released, Californication, which cemented them as rock icons of our era.

Sample of John's Sound:

Here is the list of gear that John Frusciante generally uses live:

Fender Dual Showman Silverface Head
Marshall 2550 Silver Jubilee Head
Marshall Major Head

Marshall Cabinet / 4 x 12

Fender Stratocaster American Electric Guitar
Fender Telecaster American Electric Guitar
Gretch White Falcon Electric Guitar

Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble
Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion
Ibanez WH-10 Wah
MXR Phase 90 Phaser

Suggestions/Comments welcome!

Sound Like Tom Morello

This is a list of Tom Morello's live guitar rig set-up. Tom is best known for his work with the band Rage Against the Machine; which when lead singer, Zach, split with the band became Audioslave with Chris Cornell (Formerly Soundgarden) fronting the band. Tom's sound and set-up has been pretty consistent his whole career. He prefers to work with the same sounds and set-up, that way he can make due with what he has and focus more on the writing and the creative side of things.

Sample of Morello's Sound:

Here is the list:
Amp: Marshall JCM-800 Head
Cabinet: Peavey Cabinet / 4x12
Fender Telecaster Standard Electric Guitar
Goya Rangemaster Electric Guitar
Home-Made Strat-Style Electric Guitar
Ibanez Custom Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Boss DD-2 Digital Delay
Digitech WH-1 Whammy Original
DOD FX-40B Equalizer
Dunlop Original CryBaby Wah Pedal
Ibanez DFL Flanger

Next up...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sound Like Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix's signature sound consisted of the following pedals, guitars, and amps:

Here a sample here:

Amps: Marshall 1959 SLP 100 Watt Super Lead Plexi Head
Cabinets: Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet / 4x12, Marshall 1960AC Vintage Cabinet / 4x12
Guitars: Fender Stratocaster Reverse Headstock Electric Guitar
Pedals: Dallas ARbiter Fuzz Face, Roger Mayer Octavia Fuzz/Octave, UniVox UniVibe, Vox847 Wah

Stay tuned for weekly updates as to the gear used by all your favorite guitarists...any suggestions are more than welcome.

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