This page is dedicated to all the guitar players who love talking about gear.
I’ve invested 1000’s of hours into developing/finding my guitar sound, or “guitar tone” as we call it. In fact, I am so serious about my quest for a great guitar sound that I have built MY OWN guitars, valve amplifiers and effects.
So if you see a piece of equipment on here that I use, you know I’ve put A LOT of time into choosing it and using it and I’m happy to stand by it.
Full disclosure! Some of the equipment here has come to me through endorsement deals with manufacturers. As an independent artist it means a lot to me that they believe enough in what I do to support me.
Jaden Rose Guitars
Jaden Rose makes beautiful custom rock guitars. His workshop is in the woods in the hills of Wales UK. The guitar in the picture below is one he made for me. Click the picture below for the full story.
I’m always talking about turning obstacles into opportunities. Well, all my amps got stolen… so I decided to learn how to make my own.
Two Notes Audio Engineering
You know, when you desperately need a solution to a problem, and the piece of equipment to do it doesn’t seem to exist? Enter Two Notes!
Wampler make the the best “amp in a box” pedals out there. I use the Triple Wreck, Euphoria, and a few others.
My TC electronic G-System is the backbone to my rig.
4114 Custom Effects
Dan Holmes has made me custom switching units and a number of pedals that cannot be bought of the shelf.
4 Seasons Pickups
Bob at 4 seasons makes my pickups… out of wood!
A 100W amp the size and weight of a guitar pedal? That could be useful!
This is such a guitar geek thing. I get asked so often what picks I use, as if having the right pick is the missing piece to solve the mystery of fast guitar playing. Well here you go:
I’ve never been too fussy about picks as I think that good technique makes what kind of pick you use fairly irrelevant. Over the years I’ve used just about anything, but these days I like the pointy yellow 0.73 mm Dunlop Tortex Jazz 3 XL (498P) shape. A few people are surprised that for a “shredder” I use fairly flappy picks. I like to get a lot of dynamic range from a pick, something I find hard with a super rigid pick. I like a bit of give in the pick, so I can attack the strings super hard and also retain the brightness when playing super soft or playing clean sounds.
I use D’addario 0.10’s, always have since I started playing guitar… and in Oct 2016 they offered me an endorsement deal! So excited.
For a professional guitarist, a string endorsement is more useful than fancy guitar, amp and FX endorsements! This is because strings are a constant running cost. Put it this way, every gig costs me £6 in strings on top of fuel, parking expenses etc. Over a year that is a serious expense.