Gear

GEAR

What gear am I using for the videos?

What gear am I using for the videos? In this page you’ll find all the information about that. I get so many emails about this that I’ve decided to open this page so I can show you exactly what I’m using. If you have any questions, just shoot and if it’s something that might interest others I’ll add it to this page.

Guitars

Fender Telecaster 1969

Fender Telecaster 1969

Fender Telecaster 1969
Pickups: Original 69, unknown replacement.
Frets: 6105

This is my old Tele.

It’s a 1969 Maple Cap which is when they glued the fretboard to put the truss rod in. It’s mostly original although some parts have been changed to keep it rocking.

The color is white although it’s not a very bright white anymore.. I really love the way this guitar sounds and feels.

It’s just right.

Fender Telecaster B-Bender

Fender Telecaster B-Bender

Fender Telecaster B-Bender 2004
Pickups: Seymour Duncan Five-Two (B), Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot (M), Lindy Fralin Blues Special (N).
Frets: Don’t remember!

This is my B-Bender guitar.

It’s a 2004 American Fender B-Bender heavily customized. I changed machine heads (Sperzel Locking, I didn’t know about the vintage one!), pickups, some of the electronics, frets, put the Buzz Feiten tuning system in it.

It’s a great working guitar for me. It’s very versatile and having the B-Bender is a plus although I have to say that it doesn’t work as well as other B-Benders I tried (Glaser or McVay).

Fender Telecaster Paisley G-Bender

Fender Telecaster Paisley G-Bender

Fender Telecaster 1968 Paisley Reissue (1985)
Pickups: Lindy Fralin Blues Special (B), Lindy Fralin Blues Special (N).
Frets: 6105

This is my G-Bender guitar.

It’s a 1985 Japanese Fender which has been again heavily customized. This one has a McVay G-Bender, Lindy Fralin Pickups, locking machine heads and Callaham bronze saddles.

I really love those old Japanese reissues. The weight is perfect, the woods have aged (they are 30ish years old), they look, feel and sound great. I use this guitar a lot.. it simply sounds amazing and the McVay G-Bender is awesome. It never, EVER goes out of tune. Incredible!

Gretsch Country Gentleman 1965

Gretsch Country Gentleman 1965

Gretsch Country Gentleman 1965

This is an old Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman G6122, also known as the George Harrison model.

This guitar has a lot of history behind it (it had a problem with the neck at some point) but it still sounds great and authentic.

The only thing I had done on is a good set up so it’s pretty much all original, including the pickups which sound great. Gretsch have a very distinct sound which I love. I use it for all the Chet Atkins stuff but also for any of the rockabilly stuff.

Jerry Jones Baritone

Jerry Jones Baritone

Jerry Jones Baritone

This is my Jerry Jones Baritone guitar which a friend of mine got for me in Nashville a few years back (thanks Tony!).

If you don’t know what kind of guitar a baritone is, just check out a video I did about it. This specific baritone is very light (which I love) and easy to play. It just sounds exactly like the records which is why I really love this guitar.

I tried many baritones but the Jerry Jones sounded and felt the best for what I was looking for. It has a three way pickup selector so it’s like some sort of ‘lower voice’ strat.

Amp

Pod XT

Pod XT

Line 6 Pod XT

That’s right, I’m not using an amp for the videos. It’s easier to use the POD. I do my videos from home and I can’t really run the amp at a decent volume so I thought the POD was the best option. Miking an amp would require a bit more work and the quality I get from the POD is good enough for the videos (I hope!).

I don’t have set settings on it, I just make them on the spot when I’m recording the videos. I do A LOT of testing beforehand so I know if I’m in the right ballpark of the original sound or not. I try to research how the original recording was done and I use the same amp (or a similar one) on the POD.

Pedals

MXR Dyna Comp

MXR Dyna Comp

MXR Dyna Comp

I use almost always the MXR Dyna Comp on the videos. Most of the country records had been done with it.

There are better and more expensive compressors on the market but nothing sounds like a Dyna Comp. It’s not perfect, it’s not high quality, but it has its own character which is what I like about it.

The output is set so that it doesn’t change the volume too much. On the sensitivity I almost never pass the 12 o’clock.

Keeley Compressor

Keeley Compressor

Keeley Compressor

Most of the Brad Paisley stuff has been done with a Keeley Compressor so sometimes I use this one instead of the Dyna Comp.

The Keeley Compressor is a high quality compressor with a great tone. I might be wrong but I think it’s the nearest you can get to a rack compressor.

Settings are very similar.. I hardly pass 12 o’clock on the “S”.

Boss CS-2 (Made In Japan)

Boss CS-2 (Made In Japan)

Boss CS-2 (Made In Japan)

This is another compressor that I really like. It’s a bit old and made in Japan so it’s becoming valuable.

I hear this sound a lot on ’80s and ’90s music (in country especially in the first Keith Urban album – the country one).

I guess you already know what I’m going to say about the Sustain right.. ???

Boss DD-2 (Made In Japan)

Boss DD-2 (Made In Japan)

Boss DD-2 (Made In Japan)

This is another pedal that I use a lot. It’s an old Boss DD-2 made in Japan. Like the CS-2 these are getting hard to find nowadays and they are becoming quite valuable.

I love this Delay because it’s simple and it sounds great. :)

Settings depend on the song.. but a common sound is around 100ms.

Wampler Analog Echo

Wampler Analog Echo

Wampler Analog Echo

Wampler make great sounding pedals and this is a fine example: the Analog Echo.

The tone on this delay is really really good and it’s very easy to use. I use it especially for the Brad Paisley stuff but it’s very versatile and live I use it for a lot of things.

Way Huge Aqua-Puss Delay

Way Huge Aqua-Puss Delay

Way Huge Aqua-Puss Delay

This is another great sounding delay. It’s a reissue of the Way Huge Aqua-Puss Delay. The original ones have reached (what I called) “stupidland”.. they cost a fortune for a pedal. It’s just a delay people!! It doesn’t have superpowers! Anyway…

As I was saying.. great sounding delay. Not very versatile, and I don’t mean it in a bad way. It does one thing and it does it well.

Recording

Digidesign Mbox 2

Digidesign Mbox 2

Digidesign Mbox 2

After the POD, everything goes (mono) into a Digidesign MBox 2 which now has a few years on it.

It’s a very simple bit of hardware and it works really well for what I need. It has two inputs and it sounds really good for a cheap home recording device.

The MBox is plugged in onto a MacBookPro running ProTools 10.