Oh gear, how I love thee. And at the same time…I kind of hate you.
Maybe it’s the “about to be married and live on a second floor apartment” side of me that doesn’t want to deal with carrying a huge pedal board in a tour case, and a 2x12 Mesa Lonestar combo that’s too heavy for it’s own good, and my back’s good for that matter. I guess I should also bring a guitar. We’re talking three trips up and down a flight of stairs, probably four because I forgot to grab my wallet. Even with all of that, I still have a hard time letting any of it go. I’ve always known people that have no problem switching out gear, getting the latest thing, or just upgrading in any way. I’ve essentially had the same set up for five years. Maybe I just get attached to what I have. It does its job and I don’t see a reason to replace it. Maybe I’m just cheap…that’s probably it. But my laziness and lack of upper body strength will prevail in the next month and a lot will be changing, so I thought I would give a little run down of where I’m at now. That way you can really appreciate the transformation that will follow, because I know you’re all very invested.
MESA/BOOGIE LONESTAR 2X12 COMBO
This is my amp. That’s all there is too it. We’ve been through a lot and I plan on letting it stick around. Despite the weight, and damage it causes my back every time I lift it into my car, I love it. The rectifier tube blew out on me five or six years ago, and I thought that was the end of this one. I was going to get it fixed and immediately sell it before anything else could go wrong. Long story short, I didn’t. I haven’t had any problems since.
1996 FENDER DEVILLE 4X10 COMBO
This amp is too loud for it’s own good. First the Lonestar is too heavy, now this? Why do I keep these? Anyway, this amp came straight from my dad who bought it to play in a country band in the late 90’s. This one hardly gets to see the outside world. For two reasons:
1. I’m terrified something will happen to it. It’s 20 years old, and I was told I’m not allowed to sell it for sentimental reasons. It has to stay inside its bubble that is my room.
2. I’ve never been in a situation where the volume can go past 2. This thing goes up to 12…I’m afraid it will never see the day to reach that volume.
I have a few guitars. I mostly play one of them. It’s nothing personal, I just like it more than the rest. It’s a little personal. Maybe I’ll talk more about the other ones in a different post and give them some individual profiles. I’ll get really in depth and pretend like I know what I’m talking about. But for now one will do.
2004 FENDER DELUXE ASH AMERICAN STRATOCASTER
In the worship world of teles I have always played a strat. Through judgment and ridicule I have stuck by them. Again this probably just has to do with me being cheap and not being able to afford anything new. But I’m seeing them pop up more often now. I’m pretty sure I started the trend. You’re welcome. This is my favorite hands down. The tobacco sunburst and wood grain alone makes me swoon every time I open its case.
In order of appearance.
This is their home.
BOSS TU-2 TUNER
I’ve been using this since high school.
ERNIE BALL VP JR.
I got this about five or six years ago, when I did my first pedal board make over. Before that I didn’t have anything. For swells I wouldn’t even use my guitar’s volume knob. I went straight for the auto volume swell delay on my Line 6 DL-4. I think I’d get smacked for using that now.
DUNLOP JIMI HENDRIX WAH
I’ll be honest. I don’t use this anymore. I used to use it sometimes and get some cool sounds with swells but lately it’s just taking up space (hence the soon to come downsizing)
XOTIC EP BOOSTER
This is the latest addition. It stays on for anything and everything.
BONDI SICK AS OVERDRIVE
My go to overdrive. Similarly to the EP Booster, it’s kind of just on all the time. I love the sound, and the bass and treble controls help if I want to make my strat sound a little darker. So that’s nice.
FULLTONE OCD OVERDRIVE
This one usually picks up where the Sick As leaves off and I need a heavier drive.
LINE 6 M13
All of the overdrives are looped into the M13. This was really great when I didn’t have any overdrives and I could just use this for everything. I love the delay and reverb sounds I get from it, and having so many options all in one device is nice.
A lot of this will be getting a make over in the coming months…stay tuned my friends.