Great tone is in your hands. That being said I am a gear freak. I often get asked what kind of gear I am using so here is a rundown of what I am using… for now.
Michael Tuttle 60’s Classic S
My main guitar is my Michael Tuttle 60’s Classic S. One piece alder body, thin nitro finish, Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, 9.5 inch radius, Tuttle Custom S pickups made by DiMarzio, 6105 frets, Callaham hardware. This is the finest Strat style guitar I have ever owned. I am clearly a huge fan of Michael’s work, I can’t speak highly enough of his guitars. I have finally found builder who makes guitars that sound and play the way I like them. If you are interested in a great guitar please give him a call. Careful, his stuff is addictive., I started with one, then two, then….
Michael Tuttle Carve Top Deluxe
Michael Tuttle Carve Top Deluxe. Mahogany back and neck, Eastern red leaf maple top, Madagascar fingerboard, 24.75 scale, Custom Tone Pros wrap around bridge, Tone Pros Kluson Tuners, DiMarzio 36 anniversary PAF’S, 6105 frets.
1964 Gibson ES-345
I have so many pedals and I keep on changing them out on a regular basis except a few that are constant in my board. Here is my NYC ready pedal board. Small, light, and airplane ready. I power this board with a One Spot. In countries with different voltage I will replace the T-Rex Replica with a different delay because it runs on 12v and the One Spot is 9v only.
Why 3 OD pedals you may ask? Well, it is rare that I get to crank an amp up to volume levels to where the amp distorts the way I want it to so I usually run the amp clean and set the Box of Rock like an amp, with a medium amount of gain. I will clean the amp up by using my volume knob. I find the BOR is the most amp like pedal that I have come across. I never leave home without it. Also on fly dates you never know what amp you may find when you get to the gig, you know what you askedfor… I have found this combo cover many bases for me. So… For leads and legato stuff I can then boost the BOR with the KOT which has two separate boost functions which gives me some great options. I have the Jetter on there for that Dumble kind of sound and I find this pedal does a great take on the tone. I only use it with humbucker guitars because that’s where it think it sounds best. Your mileage may vary…
I am a Uni-Vibe nut, it’s my favorite swooshy effect, I try not to use it too much but it sucks me in. I put this right after the tuner because I prefer the sound of it before distortion. I have had my T-Rex Replica for years and still love it’s warm analog like tones. Plus it has a tap tempo which I really like to have for all that Lanois/Edge/Gilmour stuff. My other favorite effect is the Octaiva which often makes it on the board, I have a Fulltone Octafuzz. Depending on the gig I will just place it before my pedal board.
My larger pedal board that never seems to leave my house if I can avoid it, it powered by a Pedal Power II +. I will also use a line buffer to address signal loss and long cables. But on the gigs I tend to be doing lately, this board does the trick.
More to come!