THE GEAR AT THE FRONT LINES

I endorse FV guitars and FJ Coyote guitars, solid bodied instruments handcrafted in Arcata, California, and Dominger pick-ups, hand-wound in Ferndale, a few miles south and now South Carolina. I have used Fender amps since 1972, and Hiwatt Custom 100 amps since 1976. I also endorse Fulltone and tc electronic stomp boxes, as well as Warehouse loudspeakers. I mic my cabs with Sennheiser MD 441s, Cascade Fat Heads and Shure KSM 353 ribbons.

IN THE STUDIO

The days of hauling multitrack machines, aligning heads and calibrating electronics are behind for a lot of us... Digital has made it more logical as well as economical to lay tracks with an acceptable level of quality.  Nonetheless, I do indeed miss the analog shenanigans, so I have kept some hard earned habits alive in going for mics for everything and feeding old school analog preamps and compressors before and behind the converters. And of course, I could never let go of the very 3M 2 track recorder the Stones used at Wally Heider's in 73', the whole 250 lbs of it!

Guitars

  • 1972 Gibson Les Paul
  • 1979 Fender Stratocaster
  • 1985 Kramer Super Strat
  • 1990 FV strat
  • 1999 FV custom strat
  • 2003 FV custom strat
  • 2004 FV custom strat
  • 2005 FV hybrid strat/tele
  • 2009 FV standard tele
  • 2009 FV standard strat
  • 2011 FJ Coyote tele
  • 2011 FV Antares
  • 2012 FJ Coyote natural strat
  • 2013 FJ Coyote natural tele
  • 2014 FJ Coyote/FV custom tele
  • 1971 Kohno 10
  • 2006 Ovation Elite XL
  • Peavey Foundation bass

Amps & speakers

  • 1975 Hiwatt Custom 100
  • 1982 Hiwatt Lead 100
  • 1971 modded Fender Princeton reverb
  • 1971 Fender 4X12 bass cabinet
  • Custom built 4X12 guitar cab with 2 Jensen 200 watt and 2 JBL K120 speakers
  • 1975 Fender Dual Showman speaker cab


Effects

  • DeArmond volume pedal
  • Dunlop Cry Baby
  • tc electronic distortion
  • Ethos booster
  • Fulltone GT 500
  • ISP decimator
  • tc electronic TC XII phaser
  • tc electronic Nova Modulator
  • tc electronic Nova Delay
  • Korg AX 3000G
  • Boss DD-2
  • Boss chorus
  • Boss Super Octave OC-3
  • Voodoo Lab micro vibe
  • Roland GR-30
  • Mike Beigel's Tru-Tron 3X

Microphones


  • SENNHEISER MD 421-U-5
  • SENNHEISER MD 441-U
  • 2 AKG C 1000 S
  • 2 AKG C 451 B
  • AKG C 414 B-ULS TL II
  • AKG C 414 XL II
  • AVANTONE CK-6
  • MXL V67G (Michael Jolly mod)
  • MXL 2003
  • SHURE KSM44
  • 2 SHURE KSM137
  • AUDIO TECHNICA AT 4033A
  • CAD EQUITEK II
  • RODE NT2-A
  • MIKTEK CV4
  • CASCADE FATHEAD
  • SHURE KSM 353
  • SE ELECTRONICS T2
  • BEYERDYNAMIC M69N(C)
  • 6 SHURE SM57
  • 2 SHURE SM58


Studio gear

  • AXE + Stewart direct boxes
  • Radial JDV preamp (piezos)
  • AEA RPQ 500 preamp (ribbons)
  • Purple Audio BizMk preamp
  • 2 API 505 preamps (Synth & gtr DIs)
  • 2 API 527 compressors
  • 2 API 512b preamps
  • 2 Vintech 573 preamps
  • 2 Maag Audio EQ2s
  • Classic API VP26 preamp
  • Serpent Audio SB4001 buss comp
  • Focusrite ISA 1 preamp
  • Ted Fletcher Pro p1 channel strip
  • Joe Meek OneQ channel strip
  • Summit Audio TLA-50 comp
  • Urei 545 eq
  • 2 Yamaha SPX 90s
  • Digidesign 002 control surface
  • Digidesign 002R modded by Black Lion
  • Tyan/AMD Opteron 64 bit 52 track recorder
  • Tascam DA 3000 mastering Recorder
  • 3M 2 track tape recorder


Software

  • Pro Tools
  • Softube
  • AIR
  • Soundtoys
  • Bomb Factory
  • Isotope
  • Abbey Road
  • Moog
  • Joe Meek
  • Ableton
  • Reason
  • Amplitube
  • Avid Eleven
  • Waves API suite
  • Trillium Lane
  • and a lot more...


The Fillmore House Otari 5050

Radial, AEA & API goodies

Old 3M mixdown machine

Abbey Road plugin

Urei, Ted Fletcher, Focusrite & Summit Audio intput gear

AKG C451Bs & Shure KSM 137s

Shure KSM 137

Shure KSM 44

AKG C 414 B-ULS TLII

Pair of Shure KSM 137s

Miktek CV4 tube mic

Sennheiser MD 441 & AKG C451B

Shure KSM 353 Ribbon

AKG C 414 XLII

Cascade Fat Head

Rode NT2

Connault Equitek II

Audio Technica AT 4033