What kind of gear do they use?

This is an expanded question from the FAQ – which the musicians posting on the BRMC forum have helped a lot in creating) Leah has a SONOR custom drum kit and uses Vater sticks, as seen in this interview with her from YouTube.

Peter has a programmable pedal board – a Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro, Marshall 2 x 12 cab, Marshall JCM 900 head, and Fender Bassmans, according to TheMusicalElitist. recently posted this interview with Peter discussing his pedal and amp setup:

And this one is about Peter’s guitars and strings:

Epiphone interviewed Robert about his choice of bass (and guitar). Here’s what he said about one of his Epiphone Rivoli II’s:

“I found this pawn shop in San Francisco, and it was the only bass on the wall apart from modern plastic things. It was $800, and had loads of scars all over it. I complained to the guy that it was scratched and a bit messed up. He didn’t know basses at all, and I was “complaining” about the things I really loved about it! I knocked him down to 400 bucks.”

From Guitar Player in October 2003:

Rebel Gear Traders

  • Guitar: Gibson ES-335.
  • Bass: Epiphone EB-2.
  • Amps: Fender Super Twin and Twin Reverb, Hiwatt, Ampeg SVT.
  • FX: Ibanez Tube Screamer, Dunlop TS-1 Tremolo Stereo Pan.
  • Strings: Dean Markley, gauged .013, .014, .018, .036, .052, .056 (“I like them because I can almost feel the ridges, says Hayes. “Some strings feel too elastic.”)

One “secret” tuning used on Take Them On, On Your Own: [low to high] D, D, D, F#, A, D. The official forum used to discuss this often:

  • “Rob’s amp is an Ampeg Svt-II 300W tube amp, which drives two Ampeg 8×10 speaker cabinets. Sometimes he adds an Ampeg Svt Classic (also 300W) for the second cabinet.
  • Rob’s pedalboard contains several hard to identify distortion pedals. The big one on the right seems to be an Electro Harmonix Tube Zipper. He likes to run several pedals at once in order to achieve different layers and shades of distortion.
  • Rob plays with a pick. This, the shortscale instument, using distortion, etc, it all reflects his way of playing the bass more like a low-tuned guitar.”

from the german fansite of brmc!!!

Peter’s setup (2001) according to Guitar Geek:
Amps: Fender Twin Reverb Combo 1965 Reissue/ 2×12
Guitars: Gibson ES-335 Electric Guitar Pedals:

  • Dunlop TS-1 Tremolo Stereo Pan
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer Overdrive
  • TC Electronic TCF Chorus/Flanger

Rack: Roland GP-8 Preamp / Multi-FX

Strings: Daddario Strings

Gear info from Guitar One Magazine (November 2005):

“Hayes made the record with a hand-me down Suzuki acoustic and a few unplugged Gibson archtops. Been polished his acoustic chops on his ’74 Yamaha dreadnought, and used a Telecaster for lead licks.”

Rocky_Raccoon Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:49:12 am

“Peter uses mainly Gibsons. He has many different versions of ES’s, probaly all vintage. Some have vibrato’s some don’t. Both have been sporting some really old Gibson ES 125 style guitars recently that are very expensive and hard to come by. He also uses Gibson’s for his acoustics, he seems to have a couple of J200′s. He has also been using a Fender Telecaster 1972 deluxe reissue (kojboj) in black. Robert uses a couple of Epiphone Rivoli’s which aren’t produced anymore and again are hard to come by.”

Rob’s pedal board, from rrmc (Posted Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:19 AM):

“the right one ond the third picture is defenetily a tube zipper, right. the next one (left of it) is a tube screamer the next one could be a pro co rat but i’m not quite sure. maybe an early issue. or i could be a voodoo axe(fuzz) or an voodoo 1(distortion) hmm and the three boss pedals? the left one is a just a tuner. the one with the black knobs might be an boss sd2 the one with the blue knobs could be a boss dd3 or dd6 digital delay only three left one is just a simple a/b box (maybe self-made), but i don’t have any clue about the big one with the 5 knobs and the small black one (which is blue red in the first picture)”

Comments (2)

  1. Arjun Rajan

    I’ve been researching Petes tone and technique for years so I’d love to contribute to this article.

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