Lead Guitar Rig
lead rig is surprisingly small. For those out there that think bigger
is better for tone, think again.
The amp is an all tube, single channel, Carvin Vintage 16w, 1x12"
amp. The amp has two different wattage settings, 16w or 5w. It is
played in the 16w mode most of the time. The amp is usually mic'd
at gigs and fed into the stage monitors. This exact little rig has
been cranked up at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown San Diego while
other bands on the bill lugged their 4x12 cabs around. Only one
speaker of a 4x12 or 2x12 cabinet gets mic'd so why bother with
a larger cabinet? For gigs that have a larger stage, easy load in,
and can allow louder stage volume, a Carvin 212 Bel Air 100w Vintage
Combo might be used.
beat up VHF wireless unit sitting on top of the amp is an optional
part of the rig. Wireless can be a bit risky at some gigs. So it
is not always used.
Boss EQ pedal adds some treble boost and a little low end to give
it a clean punch.
are two main guitars.
1995 Sunburst Fender Strat (Made in Mexico)
Swamp Ash body with Sunburst finish, Maple neck with a Rosewood
fingerboard. Bought brand new and modified recently with the following
Bridge replaced with gold Gotoh
Black pickguard installed
Alnico Pro Duncan pickups installed
Strap-locks and Sperzel tuners installed
Treble "bleed" capacitor installed on volume pot.
1998 Carvin Bolt
Solid Mahogany body and neck. The solid Mahogany beefs up the tone
nicely. It features 2 AP11 single coil pickups and a C22 vintage
humbucker in the bridge position. It was upraded with Sperzel locking
tuners by Carvin.
1999 Carvin AE185 semi-hollow act-electric
1990 Fender '57 reissue Strat
Gibson Les Paul Heritage Ltd Edition
Carvin AC275 sem-hollow acoustic
Epiphone Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Acoustic
• '04 Carvin California Carved Top
The effects rig runs in front of the amp. The following pedals are
Boss TU-2 Tuner
• Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster
Vox Wah Wah
Ibanez early 80's TS9 Tube Screamer
that is modded to the TS808 specs
Ibanez early 80's Analog Delay
Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
Guyatone Micro Chorus
All pedals except the tuner, Pickup Booster and wah, run through a True Bypass custom
switcher that uses colored LED's, active relays and Switchcraft
jacks. This switcher or loop selector allows the original pedal
to remain unaltered and allows true bypass "off" switching
when the pedal is not needed.
The Boss EQ pedal fine tunes the tone of the rig
before it hits the amp input. This and all the pedals are powered
by an AC-DC power supply. It is a switching power supply and it
does an excellent job at eliminating ground buzz.