At long last, a post about gear! This is just an overview of my gear, starting, of course, with my VanDewart custom. This guitar has a flamed maple top, mahogany back, 3 piece neck (maple/purpleheart/maple) and undyed ebony fingerboard, all with an oiled finish. The guitar is neck-through and string-through, resulting in better sustain, tone and rigidity. I use Bareknuckle Nailbombs (Alnico 5 in the neck, ceramic in the bridge), with coil-taps so I can get that great single-coil sound for songs like An Uncertain Grace, Understanding the Feeling, and our new song, set to debut soon.
I use a Laney VH100R amplifier. This is my 2nd favorite amp of all time and is the perfect amp for my role in this band. It wonderfully compliments Garret’s Orange Rockerverb 100. The VH100R is a 2-channel amp with an individual boost on each channel, reverb, and fx loops (which I have yet to integrate). I often switch between all 4 settings (channels + boosts). I don’t believe there is a single song where I use all 4, but several of our songs, I do use 3 (Thoughts Like Rust, An Uncertain Grace, Rest in Pieces, etc). This amp is extremely versatile, breathes very naturally and just all around sounds incredible!
Lastly, my beast of a pedalboard. My pedalboard is constantly growing and evolving. Even now, despite having a great setup, I have some pedals that I want to add to the board for even more great sounds, and other pedals to upgrade. Unfortunately, this means that I will soon have to purchase a new, larger pedalboard and power supply, but that is the cost of wanting the exact perfect sound for each section of our music. Anyhow, here is the list of my current pedalboard setup:
- JHS Little Black Buffer
- Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
- Peterson StroboStomp 2 Tuner
- MXR DynaComp Compressor
- Xotic Robotalk 2 Envelope Filter
- Electro-Harmonix Harmonic Octave Generator
- Electro-Harmonix HOG Foot Controller
- M-Audio EX-P Universal Expression Controller Pedal
- Z.VEX Fuzz Factory
- Lovepedal Amp 50 Boost/Gain
- T.C. Electronics Stereo Chorus/Flanger
- Strymon Timeline Delay
- Laney FS4 Footswitch
What does your rig look like? What are you favorite pedals and amps that you use? Have any recommendations for additional pedals that should be on my board?