Big R's Current Live Rig

Jammin'




Here is one of my main live setups. Simple but VERY effective:

1975 Stratocaster (Maple Neck/Stock parts) -->
1980 Ibanez TS-808 -->
Reissue Ibanez TS-9 -->
1959 (reissue) Fender Bassman

Guitar Settings: All knobs on 10

Fender Bassman Settings:

Normal Input Number 1

Volume Input 1: 4 or louder
Volume Input 2: 0
Treble: 7 (5 w/humbuckers)
Midrange: 12
Bass: 12
Presence: 12

Ibanez TS-808 Settings:

Tone: 9 O'Clock
Dist: 3 O'Clock
Level: To match amp volume

Ibanez TS-9 Settings:

Tone: 9 O'Clock
Dist: 12 O'Clock
Level: Slightly higher than amp volume

Strings: D'Addario XL-115's .011-.049

Cables: Whirlwind


Another favorite live setup of mine includes the following:

1963 Fender Stratocaster -->
HBE Power Screamer -->
Modded 1963 Fender Vibroverb

Guitar Settings: All knobs on 10

Fender Vibroverb Settings:

Normal Channel
Volume: 0
Treble: 0
Bass: 0

Bright Channel
Volume: 3 or higher. Sweet spot is at 6.
Treble: 5.5
Bass: 6
Reverb: 3

HBE Power Screamer Settings:

Diode Switch: Center
Tone: 11 O'Clock
Gain: 3 O'Clock
Level: To match amp volume

Strings: D'Addario XL-115's .011-.049

Cables: Whirlwind

I'll add other items within the signal chain, depending on the band and venue size. Other items include:

  • 1967 Maestro Echoplex
  • RMC Picture Wah
  • 1982 Ibanez SD-9 (Sonic Distortion)
  • 1971 Fender Twin Reverb (Blackface Specs)
  • 1969 Fender Vibratone
  • Fulltone Tube Tape Echo




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