Mike's live rig

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Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:11 am

  • I'm somewhat a gearhead & I'm interested in hearing what Mike uses for live gigs.

    Also, your Strat. Is that a modded Big Apple Strat?

    Thanks.

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  • Beer. He uses quite a lot of local beer. And some sort of special guitars...
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Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:44 pm

  • He uses a Roland D-Beam thingy to make all those Woo-woo sounds.
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:22 am

  • Thanks Polly, I've seen the Roland multi unit in some of the vids.

    I'm mainly interested in hearing what amplification & speaker configurations
    Mike uses on stage, along w/ his guitars.

    I've seen some studio vids & pics w/ an Ibanez hybrid amp of some sort & was wondering if this is what he uses live as well.

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Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:27 am

  • He doesn't use an amp and speakers live.

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Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:29 pm

  • Deno wrote:He doesn't use an amp and speakers live.

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    So he's running his Roland direct in the board & just uses stage monitors for his on stage sound?

    Does he record this way as well or are we getting that Ibanez amp I see in the videos?


    Any info on his guitars? (particularly the Fender Strat)
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Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:16 pm

  • Yep, haven't used an amp on stage for about 15 years now...

    I'm currently using the Roland VG99 unit which has some pretty good amp modelling software, so don't really miss one now, and actually its much easier for live work - both for me onstage, and for Rob out front controlling the mix.

    I tend to record without an amp as well, although we do try various things in the studio if we need to.

    The guitar is a customised Fender strat - the main additions are the GK3 pickup to allow me to control the VG99, and a 'Sustainor' pickup which gives me infinite sustain (when I remember to change the batteries...).
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:24 am

  • Mike,
    Thanks for chimin' in. I was hoping to hear from the horses mouth.

    I'm guessing that's the floor unit you're taking out of the road case on the DVD.

    Are you using the same Fernandez Sustainor pickup that Steve Hackett has in his custom guitars?

    I'm mainly a blues & R&B player who has been a closet prog freak for years.
    My rig has always been strictly analog w/ tube amps & vintage style guitars.

    I don't get into that digital/modeling gear too much but I dig your sound.

    Thanks again for putting me right.

    Oh & please come back to NEARFest again.
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:53 pm

  • Nice new gadget for you, Mike ?

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Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:17 am

  • What did you use before the GK-99? I notice in some pics from '91 that there seemed to be some Laney equipment, perhaps an ADA MP1? I doubt you still have those, but I was wondering what the transition might have been, and if you were looking to replace certain outboard gear with the GK-99? Was it for convenience/ portability or sound wise too?
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Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:57 am

  • I used to use an AC30 until I bought the Roland GT5 pedal board in the '90s - that was the first time I could get away with no amp.

    The VG99 came about because I was in Manhattan in one of the music shops on 48th (I think - Sam Ash probably) and saw a groovy new guitar processor... More a shopping opportunity than a necessity really, but it's got some great sounds and cool gadgets.
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Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:31 am

  • Blimey - what an unpretentious answer! haha! No really, thanks for your honesty Mike, it's good to hear that it was just one of those things, not an anal retentive quest for something or other. You know how lots of guitarists talk about their gear? *cough*Eric Johnson*cough*.
    I've always thought musicians should worry more about music than the gear itself.

    I can imagine the convenience of having one box, no amp. And keeping the sound guy happy helps too!
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Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:04 pm

  • So are you still using the VG99, Mike? I see it in many of the videos but I can't remember seeing it at the Stockholm gig a year ago.
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