Electronics (Studio and Concert)

Here we have an aerial shot of what I look at every day in my studio. This is actually a combination of my concert electronics and my recording looping set-up.

  1. Obviously neither of these are electronics, but accessories to my Cajon that I sit on.
  2. My concert and clinic loopers are the Roland RC-505’s, which were design to be used on a table, but as you can see, I trigger them with my big toe.
  3. Two Boss FV-50L are the volume pedals for the Roland loopers.
  4. One Boss FV-50H for my electric guitar and fretless bass.
  5. Going counter-clockwise, starting above the RC-505, is the Strymon TimeLine, the TC Electronics Flashback, the Xotic EP-Booster,the Strymon BigSky and the TC PolyTune.
  6. This is a custom pedal built by Bob Weigel of SoundDoctorIn.com which has four mic mutes for my concert set-up and buttons to scroll pre-set templates on my RC 505’s.
  7. Three Keith McMillen QuNeos, which control all the relevant functions of my Ableton Live software which I use for recording.
  8. M-Gear expression pedal, that works with the QuNeos and Ableton Live.

Guitar Amplifiers

The amplifiers I am using are all based on the older Fender tube amp designs (Blackface and Tweed, as well as the Dumble style amps.) These amps use the 6L6-style power tubes, which is the sound I prefer. From left to right they are the Carr Rambler, the Brown Note D’Lite 44, and the Red Plate CD2. These are all called combo amps with one 12-inch speaker each.

Effect Pedals

Though there are literally thousands of pedals available on the market, after a lot of testing, I have settled on a selection of gain, overdrive, modulation and delay pedals from an assortment of boutique companies. (Itemized list to come.) The larger pedalboard on top is the one I am currently on tour with along with the volume pedal/tuner (lower left in photo.) This board is controlled by the button strip at its bottom, custom designed by GigRig in the UK.

Photos by Gary Jameson, Reno, NV (775) 825-8999