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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Rig (March 2012)

Guitars:

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster
  • Standard/Drop D/Drop C#
  • 11 gauge strings, wound G
Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
  • Seymour Duncan Jazz in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Bsus4 Tuning
  • 13 gauge strings
  • 50s wiring
Effects:

Main Board:
  • Korg DT-10 (black, modded for true bypass)
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod, Hyperion 2 mod, and starve knob
  • Catalinbread SFT clone (made from a Madbean Pedals Faultline board)
  • Boss HM-2
  • Ernie Ball VP Jr.
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Strymon El Capistan
  • Neunaber Wet Reverb
Additional Effects:
  • Devi Ever Eye of God clone
  • Zvex Super Hard-On clone
  • Boss OS-2
  • Dunlop Crybaby 535Q
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps/Cabs

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels, onboard reverb and phaser
Avatar Traditional 2x12
  • red tolex
  • closed-back
  • Celestion Vintage 30s
11:07 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, January 20, 2012

Rig (January 2012)

Guitars:

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings, wound G
Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
  • Seymour Duncan Jazz in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • 50s wiring
Effects:

Main Board:
  • Crybaby 535Q
  • Korg DT-10 (black, modded for true bypass)
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod, Hyperion 2 mod, and starve knob
  • Catalinbread SFT clone (made from a Madbean Pedals Faultline board)
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super Hard-On clone with master volume
  • Ernie Ball VP Jr.
  • Ibanez AD9
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Strymon El Capistan
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
Additional Effects:
  • Devi Ever Eye of God clone
  • Boss HM-2
  • Boss OS-2
  • EHX Small Stone
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps/Cabs

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels, onboard reverb and phaser
Avatar Traditional 2x12
  • red tolex
  • closed-back
  • Celestion Vintage 30s
4:34 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rig (November 2011)

Guitars:

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
  • Seymour Duncan Jazz in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • 50s wiring
Effects:

Main Board:
  • Korg DT-10 (black)
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod, Hyperion 2 mod, and starve knob
  • Catalinbread SFT clone (made from a Madbean Pedals Faultline board)
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super Hard-On clone with master volume
  • Ernie Ball VP Jr.
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Strymon El Capistan
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
Additional Effects:
  • Devi Ever Eye of God clone
  • Boss HM-2
  • Boss OS-2
  • EHX Freeze
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels and onboard reverb and phaser
4:43 am - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Sunday, July 03, 2011

Rig (July 2011)

Guitars:

Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
Ibanez Artcore Talman
  • Drop Bb
  • 13 gauge strings
  • SD '59 in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • stock
Ibanez GIO
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • Ibanez ACH2 in bridge
Effects:

Main Board:
  • RMS Volume Pedal
  • Korg DT-10 (black)
  • Catalinbread SFT clone (made from a Madbean Pedals Faultline board and 18V Road Rage board)
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super Hard-On clone with master volume
  • TC Electronic Flashback
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
Additional Pedals:
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod, Hyperion 2 mod, and starve knob
  • Devi Ever Eye of God clone
  • Mellowtone Melx Fuzz 2
  • Boss OS-2 (warp mod)
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels and onboard reverb and phaser
Fender Super Champ XD
  • 15 watts, 1x10 speaker configuration
  • hybrid preamp, 2x 6v6 power amp
  • onboard effects
2:37 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Monday, May 23, 2011

Update

I don't always write about myself, but when I do it's for a good reason. I have hit a milestone in my career as a guitarist: I am happy with my rig. Dozens of pedals later, I have assembled a board that does what I need it to do and is well-suited for multiple applications. For 99% of music I have a good overdrive channel on my amp as well as a decent overdrive pedal which will be even better when I mod it. I have three unique and distinct fuzzes to satisfy my ever-present need for trashed guitar tones. My three delays cover all the ambiance I could need.

A big part of this epiphany was the discovery of a computer-based guitar rig for Ember Wreath. Because the material was never particularly suited to live performance in a typical setting, I concluded that building a large ambient rig was both expensive and impractical at this stage in my life. My creativity has blossomed with access to an infinite number of sounds on the computer.

With the need for a huge variety of effects out of the way, I was able to focus on a board that was well-suited to other genres I play. After selling the M13 to return to single pedals, I was somewhat lost. I bought parts for a DIY Devi Ever multi-fuzz that failed miserably under the weight of its own complexity, which lost me money that would have been well-spent rebuilding my board. I also bought a Flanger Hoax, which is an awesome pedal that I ended up really not using much. My rig consisted of pedals that sounded good and were useful, but I was missing essentials. I decided to consider the genres I play, which mostly only need distortion and delay. I had the PDS 20/20 which has an awesome delay, but lacks tap tempo. I also only had fuzzes, with no proper overdrive or distortion. Thus, I had to spend a great deal of time re-vamping my board but I am now very satisfied.

The other issue was my amp. Due to a wiring mistake on my part, the Peavey seemed to be broken, which worried me greatly because I couldn't figure out the problem. I bought a Super Champ XD which is a phenomenal small amp, but the Peavey provided the power for jamming and gigs. Luckily, it is now working.

So the system I have works great. I have many musical projects on the horizon, but all of them will be handled effectively by the gear at my disposal. My small board will be able to cover post-hardcore, stoner rock, sludge metal, post-rock, and even ambient music. I look forward to creating tons of new music.

Finally, I have always been happy with my guitars, but now that I am entirely comfortable with my the rest of my rig, I can focus on saving for my first expensive guitar. Jazzmaster, here I come!
5:34 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Monday, May 23, 2011

Rig (May 2011)

Guitars:

Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
Ibanez Artcore Talman
  • Drop Bb
  • 13 gauge strings
  • SD '59 in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • stock
Ibanez GIO
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • Ibanez ACH2 in bridge
Effects:
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod and starve knob
  • Boss OS-2
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super-Hard-On clone with master volume
  • Mellowtone Melx Fuzz 2
  • TC Electronic Flashback
  • Fuzz Factory clone (by Stanimal from I Love Fuzz)
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels and onboard reverb and phaser
Fender Super Champ XD
  • 15 watts, 1x10 speaker configuration
  • hybrid preamp, 2x 6v6 power amp
  • onboard effects
5:34 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Sunday, March 06, 2011

Gear I have owned or still own

Guitars:
Ibanez GIO
Ibanez Artcore AS73
Ibanez Artcore Talman
Xaviere XV-835
Ibanez Blazer
Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster

Effects:
MXR Carbon Copy
Devi Ever Disaster Fuzz
Digitech PDS 20/20
Barber Dirty Bomb
Line 6 DL4
Boss SD-1
Korg DT-10
Boss PS-5
Boss DD-6
Boss RV-3
Boss OS-2
Line 6 M13
Devi Ever Hyperion
Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
ZVex Super Hard-On (clone)
EHX Flanger Hoax
Mellowtone Melx Fuzz 2
TC Electronic Flashback
ZVex Fuzz Factory (clone)
Devi Ever Eye of God (clone)
Catalinbread SFT (clone)
EHX Freeze
Boss HM-2
Strymon El Capistan
Ernie Ball VP Jr
Korg DT-10
EHX Small Stone
Crybaby 535Q

Amps:
Ibanez Starter Amp
Line 6 Spider III
Peavey Classic 50
Peavey Heritage VTX
Fender Super Champ XD
8:10 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Sunday, March 06, 2011

Rig (March 2011)

Guitars:

Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
Ibanez Artcore Talman
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 13 gauge strings
  • SD '59 in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • stock
Ibanez GIO
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • Ibanez ACH2 (from AS73) in bridge
Effects:
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod and starve knob
  • Boss OS-2
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super-Hard-On clone with master volume
  • Mellowtone Melx Fuzz 2
  • EHX Flanger Hoax
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
  • Digitech DSP16 Rack Reverb
Amps:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels and onboard reverb and phaser
Fender Super Champ XD
  • 15 watts, 1x10 speaker configuration
  • hybrid preamp, 2x 6v6 power amp
  • onboard effects
8:10 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, November 19, 2010

Rig (November 2010)

Guitars:

Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
Ibanez Artcore Talman
  • C standard/Drop Bb
  • 13 gauge strings
  • SD '59 in neck
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • stock
Ibanez GIO
  • Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • Ibanez ACH2 (from AS73) in bridge
Effects:
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super-Hard-On clone with master volume
  • EHX Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker
  • "FUUUUUUUUUUUzz" - DIY Devi Ever Shoegazer 8-in-1 (Soda Meiser/Vintage Fuzz Master/GZ/ZG cascaded into a Torn's Peaker/Aenima/US/Never Drive with universal starve, chaos, noise, oscillation, and an effect order switch) (BROKEN)
  • EHX Flanger Hoax
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
  • Boss RV-3 (Pink Label)
Amps:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts, 2x12 speaker configuration
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 power amp
  • two channels and onboard reverb and phaser
Fender Super Champ XD
  • 15 watts, 1x10 speaker configuration
  • hybrid preamp, 2x 6v6 power amp
  • onboard effects
4:07 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rig (August 2010)

Guitars:

Ibanez Artcore AS73
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • BKP Nailbomb in bridge
Ibanez Artcore Talman
  • Drop C
  • 13 gauge strings
  • SD '59 in neck, stock bridge
Xaviere XV-835
  • Standard/Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • stock
Ibanez GIO
  • Drop D
  • 11 gauge strings
  • Ibanez ACH2 (from AS73) in bridge
Effects:
  • Devi Ever Hyperion "Drip" (one-of-a-kind hand painted) with Ruiner Mod
  • "MOAR" - DIY Z.Vex Super-Hard-On clone with master volume
  • EHX Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker
  • "FUUUUUUUUUUUzz" - DIY Devi Ever Shoegazer 8-in-1 (Soda Meiser/Vintage Fuzz Master/GZ/ZG cascaded into a Torn's Peaker/Aenima/US/Never Drive with universal starve, chaos, noise, oscillation, and an effect order switch)
  • EHX Flanger Hoax
  • Digitech PDS 20/20 (trimpot mods and new footswitches)
Amp:

Peavey Heritage VTX
  • 130 watts
  • solid state preamp, 4x 6L6 poweramp
  • two channelsonboard reverb and phaser
3:25 pm - 0 comments - 2 Kudos
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