When touring with various bands, I use various different
stage gear depending on the size of the room, whether it
be a club, arena, concert hall or an outdoor concert that
has a huge stage, as each situation often calls for slightly
different gear due to the fact that sound projects itself
differently acoording to the size of the area that you play.
When playing in an open space such as outdoor concerts
or festivals, I often preffer Marshall amplification due to the
fact that it carries a thicker punch and delivers a wider sound.
When playing smaller venues such as clubs or arena's,
I often preffer Peavey amplification, for many reasons.
Peavey gear is built tough and to last, and offers
many more options such as built in guitar effects
that work great for using a basic setup, as many times
you can actually be "too loud" depending on where
you may be playing. I have found the difference
between the Marshall amps and the Peavey amps are
that in order to obtain the required classic crunch/rock/
distortion sound when using a Marshall, that you have to
pretty much crank the volume, which works great for
bigger concert halls or outside concerts that provide
a larger stage in an open area where the sound escapes
and travels further than it normally would when playing
a smaller venue...
While the Peavey amps often perform best for smaller clubs as
they provide the classic crunch - rock - distortion sound which
can be obtained at a lower volume without having to crank the
volume too loud to obtain the desired sound.
When I was touring playing gigs with former Ted Nugent drummer
Cliff Davies, Cliff would allways tell me "You have an amazing sound
and in fact - sounds much better than Ted"...
At that time I ws using one of my favorite amps which I still own
and favor for studio recordings which is the rare and hard to find
classic Peavey 212 Stereo Chorus that has 2 - 12 inch Scorpion
speakers, a built in crunch for rhythm and built in lead gain for
boosting the volume on lead guitar solo's, a built in chorus effect
and 14 built in reverb and echo sounds.
I currently favor using the Peavey JSX Half-Stack guitar amp.
In regards to electric guitars, I have used most everything ever
Although I still favor my Peavey Tracer that has a custom built
combination Floyd Rose/Kahler locking whammy bar system,
one of my new favorite choices and recommendations is the
Ibanez JEM7V Steve Vai Jem Electric Guitar.
In regards to acoustic guitars, I only use one kind and that's Ovation.
Ovation Acoustic Guitars offer the best sound, and are the easiest
to play because of the quality design which makes the comfortable
to hold. If you've never played an Ovation, you'll never know what
your missing until you give this quality brand a try.
As far as guitar effect pedals, when guitar effects were in the early stages
of development, I tried most everything and learned that BOSS pedals
are among the most durable and in my opinion, also poduce the best sound'
and are easiest to operate. The problem that existed then, was years ago
that a guitarist would have to spend a fortune to get the sound they wanted by
purchasing all of the effects individually, as opposed to the new modern
guitar multi effects pedals that offer all of the guitar effect sounds built
into one unit.
If your into total modern technology, I have used and also recommend
Line 6 POD X3 LIVE Guitar Multi-Effect Pedal and amplification.
However I still very much favor BOSS gear, especially the traditional
Boss BF-3 Flanger and the Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal.
For duplicating the sounds of 3 guitars and Guitar Synth sounds, I
use the Roland VG-99 V-Guitar Multi Effects Processor System.
For any guitarist who wants to obtain the classic Jimi Hendrix...
Randy Rhoads/Joe Satrianai/Steve Vai lead guitar sound, the
most important guitar effefct pedal is the wah pedal.
My early choice was the Morley Power Wah that doubled as
a wah/volume pedal. The best choice and recommendation's
using the modern day Morley pedals all of which have been
upgraded would include the Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2
Contour Wah Pedal and the Morley Mark Tremonti Wah Pedal.
Other good wah pedals that I like the sounds of and see alot
of players using include the new signature wah pedals like
the Dunlop ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah, the Dunlop DB-01
Dimebag Crybaby From Hell, and the Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash
Wah Pedal. My very favorite is the Cry Baby 535Q.
As guitars, amps and effects (or shall I say... all music gear in
general) is constantly undergoing new upgrades and development,
guitar players will also constantly upgrade and add new gear to
keep up with the times and develop or change their sound.
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