Guitar Rigs: Thirty-plus years of gear

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Here are some more rigs that I experimented with.

2004 Rig


'58 Strat, '61 Blonde Twin and a reverb unit. Dick Dale, eat your heart out. I was using an Ibanez TS-808 into an SD-9. Made for an interesting tonal palette.

2006 Rig


'65 Marshall JTM-45, 1972 Marshall straight cab w/blackbacks, 1966 Strat and dual Tube Screamers. This was a very DARK sounding rig with this combination of amp/cab/guitar. Interesting, but not my favorite.

2011 Rig


'63 Fender Vibroverb jumpered into a '64 Fender Super Reverb. '75 and '72 RI Strats with dual Tube Screamers. The tone out of this was fat, huge and I loved it. Worked great for this outdoor gig on tile and cement.

2018 Witte Rig


Prototype Ampmonster Blue Cat head and a 1990s SS Fender amp cab shell loaded with a Scumback 100-watt Celestion H55 clone. Add a '58 Strat and a Tim Overdrive and I was cooking that afternoon at the Witte Museum Jazz Festival. The small footprint of this setup has a decent amount of output and clarity due to the 50-watts clean RMS and lack of speaker breakup. I still use this setup on occasion for both guitar and bass. It's a great travel amp.

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