Here’s a quick tour through the guitars, amplifiers, pedals and strings/picks I’m using currently.
Also worth taking a look at the Marr Live 1985 – Chasing The Tone page if interested in the gear I’m using for recording within the Marr Live 1985 Project.
These are the main guitars I use for my videos. Not a huge collection, but can cover most bases for Squire & Marr (and lots of others).
For recording/rehearsing I’m currently using a dual amp setup via an ABY switch.
The Roland acts as the ‘wet’ amplifier – with its built-in chorus, reverb & delay in its effects loop.
The sweet spot on the Princeton is volume around 4 or 5 using input 2. Usually I set Treble at 7, Bass at 6, but it also depends on the guitar I’m using.
For quieter recording, I’ll run the line out of the Jazz Chorus to a Mooer Radar cabinet sim into one channel of my DAW (Cakewalk) and then subsitute the Princeton with an Amplifire-box pedal into another. This simulates two mic’d amps into a desk.
If mic’ing the amps I’ll use Shure SM 57 or the budget Behringer B906 (a copy of the Sennheiser e906) on each, plus condenser(s) for the room.
I don’t use a large number of pedals, but the ones below are staples.
I’ll use the Boss CE-2w if I am just using a single amp other than the Roland and need a great CE-1 or CE-2 sound.
I use the JB Nano mainly when playing at lower volumes with all my guitars – I like how it feels under the fingers when the amps/speakers aren’t working hard. I always use it with my Rickenbacker 12-string though for that Byrds/McGuinn sound.
The PlexiTone for when I want that Marshall-y overdriven sound. It actually has a lot more drive than a typical Plexi amplifier.
The Flashback is a great little delay pedal with lots of options – tape, digital, bucket brigade-type.
Strings & Picks
These days I’m trying out different strings on my guitars.
|Gibson ES 330TD||D’Addario Jazz Light 11-50 (Flatwound)|
|Fender Telecaster||D’Addario Nickel Wound 10-46|
|Tokai Love Rock||D’Addario Nickel Wound 10-46|
|Rickenbacker 620/12||Rickysounds Compressed Roundwounds 12 String Set. 10-42|
|Rickenbacker 330||Rickysounds Compressed Roundwounds 6 String Set. 10-42|
|Gretsch G5125||D’Addario Nickel Wound 11-49|
For picks it’s either Dunlop Tortex .88, Fender Mediums or Ernie Ball .73.