Sound Off: What’s your favorite gear?

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Last time, we (mostly you) talked about the most flushable music gear out there. Now let’s hear about the best.

Chances are a lot of readers of this site have had some kind of experience with playing music. Metal just kinda makes you do that. It’s difficult to listen to your favorite new release and not want to try to your hand at replicating it or creating something similar, even if you have no experience or you’re using the shittiest gear on the face of the earth.

 “I can fix it… I have duct tape…”

If you’ve been playing for awhile, chances are even better you’ve gone through a few items and found some to be better than others. Maybe you’ve upgraded to pricier items in the hopes of chasing the ultimate tone. Or, maybe you’ve stuck with an old workhorse because no matter how many years go by or how often your tastes change, it’s versatile enough to change with you and still sound great.

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“Still works!”

Recently, I haven’t been able to get enough of the Darkglass Microtubes B3K pedal. It’s compact, it has a piercing blue LED, it’s simple to use and it sounds unassailably badass. Want a little bit of dirt? No problem. Need some heavy drive to play entombedcore? Easy. Just need a small tone boost? It can do that too. Different basses? Different pickups & tones? They all sound good. The Finnish geniuses at Darkglass managed to build a fine, fine piece of gear that works with whatever you can throw at it, and I plan to hang onto mine for a long time to come.

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“I love you, man.”

What’s YOUR favorite piece of music gear? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Is it something you own, or something you look forward to seeing another band use?
  • Is it something you used for a short period of time and haven’t obtained yet?
  • Or is it an old favorite you keep lying around because you just can’t bear to part with it?

 

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  • I love this more than most things:

    • CyberneticOrganism

      The “Electric Friends” sound?

      • You got it. That and a Electro Harmonix POG2 for organ passages and we’re covered.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          You guys make awesome summer music; Lady Organism & I enjoyed it a lot this year

      • Heyyyoooo btw I love your song Gasmask Messiah. It is tasty as french!

        GL

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Thanks man, that was definitely a fun one to record

    • Tyree

      Got to have that sweet delay.

    • I know nothing about pedals/electronics, so when I encounter the names I search for tryouts in Youtube.. This one sounds so 70’s that’s lovely!

  • I play the skin flute.

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    Gonna leave these here before I get back to the article

    A new song from the mighty Callisto and some great Finnish BM

    https://soundcloud.com/svart-records/02-backbone

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osA6zRyRZuM

  • Tyree

    Boom! The Grind Machine.

    • VV.

      Tyree, I’m curious to get a drummer’s perspective on this. Is there an advantage to a double kick pedal rather than actually having two bass drums? Is one harder to play than the other?

      • Tyree

        Not really at all to be honest. I think drummers that trigger their kick benefit by having two kick drums though. Less ov a chance for false triggering that way. Overall though having a double kick pedal is just as easy as having two single pedals but with less maintenance and headache.

        • VV.

          Interesting. Thanks for answering my question!

      • If there wasn’t a benefit why would Alex VanHalen have 4 kick drums?

        🙂

        GL

        http://www.angelfire.com/ga/bigbubba/images/vh1981.jpg

        • Tyree

          Dumb.

          • VV.

            I’ve wondered if there was a way to basically have a double pedal that hits one bass drum for a toe strike and another for a hell strike. If that were the case, and you were inhumanly talented, you could potentially play two different bass rhythms, one with each foot.

          • HELL STRIKE

          • VV.

            Haha, I was so confused. *Heel strike.

          • Stockhausen

            Dibs on that name for my bedroom crust-noise project.

          • Tyree

            Derek Roddy son. Behold the beast!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCz7WAi20Lw

          • VV.

            It does exist! So, a drummer could conceivably use four bass drums for a similar technique, although it’s basically just excess equipment.

          • Tyree

            You gotz it Dubs!

          • VV.

            Thanks, dude! What’s Roddy up to nowadays?

          • Tyree

            He mostly dose clinics, lessons, and session work.

          • I think he’ll do something. I saw a post of Santiago Dobles (guitar from Aghora) doing some guitar and hinted something about recording with him..

          • Stockhausen

            Steve Austin had a really interesting story/viewpoint about working with Derek Roddy. Apparently he’s a bit of a shady dude.

          • Tyree

            Interesting, I don’t think I heard about this. I know Derek did a Today is the Day album with Steve but what was the issue?

          • Stockhausen

            I’ll find the interview later, but essentially Derek made the recording and touring process really horrible by backing out of previously agreed upon dates at the last second, forcing everything to be continuously reorganized on the fly. And then he demanded money for time/touring he didn’t do.

          • Tyree

            That’s fucking lame.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Big Beef Burrito

            Looks alot like Nile’s kit when I saw them years ago. I still wonder if they even used half of that thing, or if it was for show.

          • Count_Breznak

            Or blast the shit out of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9i79y8rDiQ

      • Lombardo states his reasons for using two bass drums: “when you
        hit the bass drum the head is still resonating. When you hit it in the
        same place right after that you kinda get a ‘slapback’ from the bass
        drum head hitting the other pedal. You’re not letting them breathe.”

        Source: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Dave_Lombardo.html

        • Tyree

          That is a good point. It’s just way more maintenance to have 2 kick drums though. If I ever got endorsed by Pearl or some shit (Never will happen) I’d go with two kick drums.

        • VV.

          I’ve wondered if that was the case but wanted a musician’s perspective. I’ve always appreciated drummers who use two drums, but I think on most recordings the average person can’t tell between the two. Thanks for sharing this!

        • Stockhausen

          My old kit was a double bass one, but I’ve since switched to a single with a double pedal. I think the effect he’s talking about was very real for the nuanced ear/player many years ago, but nowadays I’d probably argue against that being a real/noticeable issue. Since most rock/metal drummers play with the heel up (myself included), the beater most often stays against the head in between notes and you’re not letting the head breathe for a single pedal anyway. However, I’m all for personal preference and people can use a double bass kit all they want.

          • VV.

            Thanks for this answer, boo.

          • Stockhausen

            Welcome, bew.

          • Tyree

            What double pedal do you use Stocky?

          • Stockhausen

            Iron Cobras, man. I borrowed really nice Axis longboards from a friend for a long time, but could never get used to them. The first second I sat down with Iron Cobras I was IN BIDNESS, YO.

          • Tyree

            Haha, I’m the opposite. I can’t play chain drive pedals any more.

          • Stockhausen

            The percussion department where I went to grad school had a ridiculously huge amount of percussion equipment, including an old, old pedal with a leather strap drive.

          • Tyree

            In high school we had a really old Gretsch drum kit in the band room that had a pedal like that. That was a fun kit to play during lunch break.

      • Max

        I played a master-slave pedal for years but switched to using two bass drums because when I was learning heel-to-toe technique, I found it really, really hard to get my left (slave) foot to be as responsive as the right one.

        On a master-slave pedal, both of the springs are on the master, so you’ve got one spring which is right near your master foot, and then another spring which is 18″ away from your slave foot, separated by the drive rod. So your left leg isn’t really sitting over and “dominating” the tension of the slave spring in the same way that your right leg is sitting over and dominating the tension of the master spring. It kind of throws your centre of gravity off because you unconsciously position your body around your master foot, while your slave foot gets neglected and behaves more sluggishly. At least, that was my experience. Maybe it was just psychological.

        I should point out that there are many pro drummers who can do way more with their feet using a master-slave pedal than I can with two bass drums, so by all means put this explanation down to my own inadequacy rather than any universal consensus.

        Although let’s face it: two drums looks more bad-ass, doesn’t it? (Although tuning them identically can be a real bitch – that’s a massive advantage for using just one.)

        • VV.

          Thanks, Max. I was hoping you might have a reply. I hasn’t thought about foot dominance.

          • Max

            I must reiterate that my remarks about master-slave pedals really only relate to my own shortcomings. I’m frankly astonished at some of the things I see the pros pull off using them these days.

            But yes, foot dominance is a really important issue. I won’t pretend to be an expert on extreme metal kick-drumming, but I know enough to have learnt one vital thing: If you want to be a serious death metal drummer, tempo-wise, your left hand has to be able to do everything your right hand can do, not just in terms of speed but also in terms of control and stamina; and your left foot needs to be able to do everything your right foot can – AND, your feet need to be able to do everything your hands can do. Just having a fast right hand and economizing everything else around that is a tempting shortcut to stagnation. It might SOUND fast, but it gives you a limited rhythmic repertoire that won’t sustain your playing.

            …And basically, for me, I just found that it was a lot easier to adhere to that imperative using two separate pedals.

      • HessianHunter

        A double pedal is easier to carry around and set up compared to 2 bass drums, but one purely musical argument for it is that no two bass drums will ever be EXACTLY tuned to eachother, even with the same shell, heads, tympanic pressure, etc.

        • VV.

          Thanks, Hessian! Do you ever see bands use two drums in studio but a pedal on tour?

        • Max

          Very true, although in the case of metal recordings, the two kick drums are often triggering the same sample anyway, which nullifies the tuning discrepancy in the final mix.

      • CT-12

        I know Stocky and Tyree have already touched on the excess of 2 bass drums being disadvantageous, but I also wanted to point out when you have 2 bass drums, you have to keep them in the same tuning and depending on the gear, it can be really easy for one bass drum to drop out of tune with the other. I’m really not that pedantic when it comes to keeping drums in tune, but for some guys I know who are anal about it, double bass pedal is the only way to go from pulling your hair out.

        • VV.

          Ah, thanks for the reply!

  • I think I have mentioned this before. My favorite piece of gear is my GL Sunburst Tiger. It is too nice to even play. So I stick my 200 dolla dollar bill guitar.

    GL

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    Darkglass is magnificient indeed

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I really wanted to hold out for the B7K but that’s an expensive pedal, man. Plus it’d conflict with one I’ve already got.

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        I haven’t ever tried the B7K

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Me either, but it looks to be even better than the 3

  • Bözlinger

    P-bass through an old Marshall guitar amp because I’m an arsehole

    • You sick bastard.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Seriously, I bet that sounds awesome

      • Tyree

        Crusty as FUCK!

        • Bözlinger

          put it through this, and you will know what DOOM is

          • i’m hearing it in a video with a guy playing blues with a guitar.. and it sounds <3

      • Cock ov Steele

        Anything P-bass related is awesome by default.

      • Bözlinger

        it really does

  • This is my only instrument. I’m amateur (so don’t complain about the bad stance). I would like a Bass, but equipment here is so fucking expensive like a House or a Car, so I only could afford an acoustic guitar..

    • nice to meet your real life counter-part!

    • Stockhausen

      Nice! That’s all you need, man.

      • Thank you.. I got no instructions, so, it’s pretty difficult for me.. Started three years ago and now I got 1 year without playing because it’s in my home and I’m in other city.. hope I can get it back when I move out!

        • Stockhausen

          I’ve been away from some of my instruments before, and it’s a bummer.

          • when I get back Carol (that’s the name of that wooden fella) I need to re-start from scratch

    • my car costed less than the amp I want. I know dat feel.

  • Bucket ‘o Blood

    Mine would have to be my Shires-Eastman pre-merger Symphony Tenor trombone. It was made by Eastman under Shires’ supervision and with Shires’ schematics. Its one of those modular horns where you can swap out the bell and stuff, and it has a Thayer rotor.
    Eastman horns have an extremely wide variance in terms of instrument quality, and by luck, this particular horn is on the very high end of their bracket.

    • Stockhausen

      That sounds fantastic. I’ll bust out my old, slightly gross Selmer flute and we’ll have a duet.

      • Bucket ‘o Blood

        I’m hella down. Dying Fetus sound good to you? You play lead and I’ll play rhythm 😉

        • Stockhausen

          DONE. Gotta work on my flute sweeps. But let’s be honest, you’ll be sweeping too, since Sean Beasly is a monster.

          • Bucket ‘o Blood

            I am so down. I actually learned to play Second Skin a while ago, aside from the crazy trill part.

    • Nine Inch Males

      Idk Eastmans, but Shires are baller!

      • Bucket ‘o Blood

        Eastman’s the best instrument manufacturer in China. Decent quality instruments- their beginner horns are second only to Yamaha beginners, and their pro horns are generally decent quality.
        Shires folded recently, and Eastman bought them. This has led to a general increase in the quality of Eastman horns.

        • Nine Inch Males

          Wow I had no clue Shires went under (it’s been a while since I’ve been in the t-bone scene). From what I recall their bass trombones were tits. Do you know what happened?

          • Bucket ‘o Blood

            Yeah, their horns are, IMO, second only to Edwards. Especially their basses!
            From what I understand, Steve Shires and his employees were having financial problems.
            Edit: here’s an article about it-http://m.wsj.com/articles/BL-BANKB-19772

  • Cock ov Steele

    What man would let his stingray fall into such disrepair?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      After I submitted the article I realized it’s the guy from Linkin Park. *flush*

      • Cock ov Steele

        Linkin Park-Flush, Linkin Park Bassplayer who thinks having a Stingray look like it was run over 5 times is cool-Ultra Flush down the darkest, most putrid Toilet ov Hell. Gold Standard!

      • Do they really use the bass? lol

        • CyberneticOrganism

          It’s probably unplugged

          • just for the gimmick.. all the alt-kids must be: omg, this guys is awesome, he can even play the bass broken..

          • CyberneticOrganism

            hE”s s0 TlalenteD lol #lol #lynkynpaRk

  • Xan

    My $30 microphone (get on my level):

    • the 30$ included the flames?

      • Xan

        No. That was an additional $5. I’ve also got a pop filter and eight different versions of these also:

        • awesome, dude.. do you have some recordings with it to share with us?

          • Xan

            Nope. I use it mostly for commentary. I’ve used it for some recording with my friends but most of the music is not online and too offensive for most people to enjoy.

    • Xan

      And yes, that is duct tape with a flame print. It covers the worlds brightest blue light on the planet. I used to have hot pink duct tape but it peeled off and I didn’t have anymore.

      • jajajajaja, pimp my mic

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I’d watch that

          • Xan

            I might make a video of that now just to do it. If I decide to, I’ll make sure to post it.

          • yo, this is Xan and I came here to pimp yo mic.. then, you can put some mini screens below the mic and make it shine with a chrome paint.. BOOM!

      • Stockhausen

        “the worlds brightest blue light on the planet.” That sounds doubly serious.

        • Xan

          Hooray for microbiology and it’s brain destroying effects!

          • Stockhausen

            Hahaha. I believe that.

  • Cock ov Steele

    http://assets.fender.com/frl/8f70a49cd2efb0d9bd8a34838191d498/generated/f9f9cc2d017d52e9db3f650dec1d0a50.png My trusty lil’ P-bass. I am thinking about replacing that pick guard with a mirror one.

    • Bözlinger

      I find it extra funny that the kind of music I play on mine….its a Hoppus

  • it’s hard to choose just one favorite.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Daaaaamn

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    A guitar through an amp. Distortion from the amp itself. Am I going too deep??????????????????????????????????

    • Tyree

      I bet that sounds like a guitar through an amp with distortion from the amp??????????????????????????????????

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Pre-fucking-cisely!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tyree

          Fucking A!!! Nailed it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      KING AMP OF DISTORTION MOUNTAIN

    • Stockhausen

      BUT DOSE IT DJERNT?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I hope not???

        • Stockhausen

          GERD!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *skronks*

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    I recently acquired an Ocarina. That don’t need no pedals so that little beauty is on it’s own my favorite piece of equipment.
    (Most my equipment is less than good currently)

    • VV.

      Quick, play the Song of Storms and upload a video.

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        😀 My Ocarina may carry the Zelda emblem, but I’ve never tried to play any songs. Not yet anyways

    • 😀

  • Fucking hell… Finally got my copy of “Soused” in the mail today…bout damned time….been waiting a whole month for a the postal service to ship a package from New York to New Mexico.

  • i always get super excited when a metal band can competently incorporate synths into the tunes….I’m a sucker for synth jams, even 80s music….if it’s got a synth, chances are i will like it.

    http://i.somethingawful.com/u/garbageday/2010/htbpromo3.jpg

    • Tyree
      • HessianHunter

        Dat bridge jams

    • CyberneticOrganism

      That is an awesome picture, more keyboard players need to rock the fuck out (like Emperor’s current one and SYL’s old one)

      • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

        Einar Solberg is really fun guy to watch live,regardless of the band he’s playing with. Maybe the only man I’ve ever seen so many times

    • Cockypock Aioli

      That Horse the Band?

      • yup

        • Cockypock Aioli

          Neat. They’re fun live. I used I live with and am good friends with one of their (many) ex-drummers.

        • Cockypock Aioli

          Neat. They’re fun live. I used to live with and am good friends with one of their (many) ex-drummers.

  • Stockhausen

    As much as I love my Ibanez SR505, I can’t wait to upgrade to a Warwick or Spectre. I love what my MXR M80 does to it, and I won’t leave the house without it. I’m not great at guitar, but I really love writing on my LTD SC607.

    On the other side of my gear, I absolutely love my Pearl Philharmonic concert snare drum (also my xylophone, marching tenor drums, marching snare, two marching bass drums, four concert toms, four octobans, tambourine, three triangles, pots and pans, three opera gongs, assorted trash/effect cymbals, metal bowls, glass bottles, spoons, devil chasers, and finger cymbals).

    • CyberneticOrganism

      What’s a devil chaser?

      • Stockhausen

        A piece of bamboo that’s been split with a hole drilled into it, so it makes a clacking/buzzing noise. I played this insane piece on my graduation recital, and I had to track down a lot of weird stuff for it. The dude on the left plays it in his left hand around 1:28.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FzllZz3AdA

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Wow… tell me you didn’t have to perform that by yourself

          • Stockhausen

            Haha, nope. I played the main marimba part, which was mega hard.

        • HessianHunter

          Oh my fuck is this piece insane

          • Stockhausen

            It absolutely is. I was in the audience at that performance, and it had that rare sort of energy that only happens once in a blue moon. Playing it was an absolute blast.

    • Tyree

      That’s glorious.

    • Tyree

      This one ov the snares I own. Pearl copper free floating snare, it’s a grindy sounding snare with some nice ping to it.

      • Stockhausen

        Dude, I bet that thing POPS.

        • Tyree

          Oh yeah, I tighten this bitch up real nice.

      • CT-12

        I’ve got something similar; switched to a piccolo and it gives me more of a bite and bounce than my last snare.

        • Tyree

          I’d like to get piccolo snare. Any recommendations?

          • CT-12

            Mine is just a standard Pearl piccolo, but it doesn’t give me any problems, I love the sound (also helps it was super cheap).

    • Elite Extremöphile

      Nice, I’ve got an SR506. Literally the same bass with an extra string.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Nice. I played (and still have) my Ibanez BTB 455 for many years, and last year I finally picked up a used 575… HUGE difference in tone with the different pickups, plus it’s a couple pounds lighter thanks to the neck-thru.

  • Cockypock Aioli

    Dudes, my guitar picks are the cats meow.

  • Tyree

    My cowbell is pretty fucking sick.

    • Stockhausen

      I am not lying when I say that I own this.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        HELLBELL

      • isn’t that the logo of that Attila band everyone talks about?

  • If I were rich Link… I would buy this one: http://www.espguitars.co.jp/artist/michael_amott/ninja.jpg

  • Death

    My favourite gear.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I’ve always been fond of those aluminum guitars that Isis and the Melvins use. I also like the custom Framus guitars Devin Townsend has.

    BUT. I’ve always loved this guitar the most:

    • Tyree

      Got to get that Wangcaster BRO!

      • Scrimm

        Fuck I was gonna post that.

  • old_man_doom

    I’ve been admirin’ me some dang ol’ dunable fiddles, man.

    I want one so fucking badly. This and a set of Billy K’s signature pups. And a JCM 800. Fuck.

  • RustyShackleford

    This is the simplest fucking thing, but I’ve got a Boss Metal Zone Distortion (MZ-2) and it’s the best goddamn thing in the world. It gets the job done, and it can also go light, so when I play blues leads with my buddies it actually has a solid as hell tone, not just mega-distortion up the butt. Yep!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I rag on it because I/we used it for years in bands and it sounded awful every goddamn time; maybe it was broken. It does have a bit of a reputation as a punching bag, but hey if you like it and can get it to sound the way you like that’s all that matters.

      • RustyShackleford

        Truth, it is all noise haha. All depends on how you use it. I’m a firm believer that everything affects the sound (guitar, amp, room, etc) so somedays you feel like Hendrix and other days everything is fuzzy and shitty.

    • Max

      I’ll defend the Metal Zone to my dying day. I even used to have two of them. It mightn’t have as many tonal applications as a more conventional distortion pedal, but if you spend time with it you can achieve great things.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        I’ve seen a few guys on youtube dial it in pretty well (along with a decent amp) but I had a shit experience with it. I tried recording with it too, holy fuck it was awful

        • Max

          I think the secret is to use it for tonal control rather than actual distortion. It’s got pretty comprehensive EQ adjustments for a distortion pedal; so from the earliest times of owning one, I’ve always used it by taking maximum advantage of the amp’s distortion (which in my experience with decent amps, is always superior to the distortion on any pedal anyway), dialing in the minimal amount of distortion possible from the Metal Zone to apply just that bit extra crunch than what the amp has by itself, and then using the Metal Zone’s EQ controls to shape the sound you’re after. You definitely end up with something more exciting than just the amp on its own (or just the pedal on its own through a clean channel, for that matter).

          • Scrimm

            That’s kinda how I use my HM-2.

      • RustyShackleford

        Truth! It was all about finding the exact setting and the exact placement between my other couple pedals. Took some time to tinker with but that’s part of the magic. Yep!

  • Max

    My pride and joy. (In its current configuration.)

    • Tyree

      Fucking nice man! What snare is that? It looks to be a piccolo snare. I’ll take a picture ov my kit when I get home later on.

      • Max

        Piccolo it is. Pearl free-floating copper.

        • Tyree

          No way!!! I have a Pearl free-floating copper snare. Not a piccolo though.

          • Max

            That’s what I was wondering when reading your post below! Great minds think alike…

          • Tyree

            I just got an AA Sabian 21″ Thin Crash last week. It’s a beast ov a crash cymbal.

          • Max

            21 inches? Fuck, that’s massive – bigger than my ride!

            The china cup you see in the picture is a Sabian; it’s quite a beast itself. I personally wouldn’t mind something a touch smaller to be honest. I used to have this really interesting Zildjian china that was quite small, like 10 inches. Sounded like a very deeply-pitched splash. Dunno why I got rid of that one. It went to a good home, at least.

          • Tyree

            I used to have all kinds ov cymbals incorporated into my kit until I cracked them all. I hate spending money on new cymbals, so I keep it pretty simple with a 21″ AA Sabian Thin crash, 20″ Sabian AA metal china, 21″ Sabian HH Dry bell ride, 18″ Sabian AAX metal crash, and 14″ Sabian AAXelerator Hi Hats.

          • Max

            How are you finding the Sabian HH Dry Bell ride and AAXelerator hats? What sort of sound to they have to your ears?

            My hats and ride both are Paiste 302 Plus series. I don’t mind them, but I wouldn’t mind something different. I think I’m looking for a high hat that has a trashier sound, and a ride that is less “brassy” and “pingy-er”, if that makes any fucking sense.

          • Tyree

            I got those 2 items probably 4 or 5 years ago now so it’s been a while.

            The HH Dry Bell ride is incredible, I have not played a ride that I’ve liked better. It has a warm but very precise sticking sound and the bell is pingy and dark. The AAXelerator hats are ok, I’m sort ov getting tired ov them but they do the trick. They have a really nice chippy sound when hit closed and a wavy and bright open high hat sound.

          • Max

            Well, your description of the ride has certainly piqued my interest.

            I’m keen to see the kit shot once you’ve uploaded it!

          • Tyree

            I don’t have a current picture ov my set-up but here are a couple shots from a year ago.

          • Max

            Yeah, see I think that’s more about the size of china I had in mind…

            I notice there’s a Roland kit in the background there! Great minds again!

          • Tyree

            Roland kits are always a fun time.

    • VV.

      I see you use two bass drums…

      • Max

        I do! And would you believe, it’s actually less of a pain to haul around than just one drum with more hardware?

        If you look closely at the photo – and it’s not the best camera angle for what I’m describing here – you’ll see that there are NO cymbal or tom stands in my kit other than for the ride cymbal. Almost everything else is hanging off of booms or brackets that sprout out of the bass drums. (The high hat stand has its legs grinded off and is simply clamped to the rim of the kick drum.) So having two bass drums actually gives my entire kit less of a footprint than if I only had one.

        Figuring out how to economize the hardware requirements is almost as much fun as playing, for me.

        • HessianHunter

          Genius!

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    The Axe Fx II. COME AT ME BRO!

    • #smokestackthathack

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Do you have one?

      Can, uh… can I have it?

  • FeelTheDarkness

    My 1996 Ibanez Iceman

  • Scrimm

    My Hm-2 and my 3 ltd’s. Nothing plays like them for me.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I really want an HM2, been eyeing em on ebay for awhile

      • Scrimm

        I got mine for about 100 works great except the adapter jack doesn’t work so I have to use a battery. I love it, though it did take a little time to get a good sound and you will sacrifice some clarity. Both me and the other guitar player in my band do it a little differently than the famous everything to eleven setting. I turn the other three knobs all the way up, but turn the distortion to about two and then set my amp distortion at about eight.

  • As I get older/suck more I dont care too much about this topic anymore. I’ve always been a jackson guitars guy. I miss my ADA MP-1 setup greatly, and now I’m down to barebones equipment.

  • Gurp
  • MikeHawke

    Blackout Effectors Dual Fuzz because DAT SOUND!

  • NefariousDude

    http://www.allen-heath.com/media/Qu-24_Front_ThreeQuarter_2800.jpg

    I upgraded from your typical mackie 24 channel mixer to the Allen and Heath Qu 24 digital mixer and its awesome. It has 4 fx processing engines, 10 auxilary sends, works as a multitrack recording interface, flying faders, and virtual control through an ipad or iphone.

    Thanks taxpayers!

    • Max

      I’m a tireless advocate of mixing desks that can also multi-track record or act as quick-and-easy interfaces for such. In the digital age, there really isn’t any good excuse for them not to have such capability. Bands should be multi-tracking every performance they do if possible, and such desks make that possible.

      • NefariousDude

        It’s been a godsend. Multi tracking is easy peasy lemon squeezy on that thing. My technical director really wants to offer multi track recordings to the artists that come through but we work under a university so they can’t sell the recordings. Maybe eventually.

      • NefariousDude

        The wireless ipad control works great as a monitor console for the musicians. It’s even got an iPhone app now. The future of audio production is now o.o

  • Jason the DRUG DEALER

    EVH stealth half stack with syl custom ESP. That’s all.

  • Lacertilian

    My fave gear was my multi-effects pedal I got around 10 years ago which ‘disappeared’ when I moved house.

  • Kim Jong Un’s Big Beef Burrito

    As clunky as it was, I still miss my Akai X7000. Analog, baby, analog!

  • Leif Bearikson

    I have a Monster Effects Mastortion that is perfect for some Sabbath Vol. 4 tones. I love it like a child. A fuzzy, stoned child

  • out of everything, daddario strings. Back when the toilet ov hell started I asked what are the best strings. I used ernie ball and they kept breaking or rusting within a week. I was told to switch to daddario, and still not a single string broken.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      That’s odd, I’m the exact opposite; EB strings have never given me any problems.