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This page is dedicated to the equipment geek in all (or some) of us...

Mike's Gear -

Over the past 10 years, I have spent in incredible amount of time, research, sweat, solder, money (and even some blood!) pursuing the unique sound of Jerry Garcia's playing. It has been an intensely fun (yet simultaneously frustrating) never ending process for me and here's some pictures of those components:

* Click on any of the pictures for a larger image


1 - Paul Reed Smith - "Custom 24 - 10 top" - Fully Jerrified

PRS guitars have always been my favorite and in 2006 I finally bought one of these. In my obsessive "search for the sound" I had ripped out the electronics and pickups and experimented in "Jerryfying" it. I had an aluminum pickup ring made which house 3 Dimarzio super 2 pickups, a Wald Electronics unity gain buffer, 2 toggle switches for coil split selection (Hum/Single/Parallel), 1 toggle switch for an effects loop bypass, 1 ganged tone pot and a 5 way rotary pickup selector. I have never held a guitar that felt so natural in my hand.

- My effects are run in a pre-volume loop configuration directly from my guitar. They are all also mounted on a PedalPad MS9 pedal board. Here's the current list of effects that I use:

  • Loop I/O breakout box
  • Digitech Harmonyman
  • Boss OC-2 - since this picture was taken, I went back to the OC-2.
  • Electro Harmonix Q-Tron
  • Boss OS2 Overdrive
  • MXR Phase 90 - Analog man mods
  • Ibanez Tube Screamer - TS808HW
  • Boss Blues Driver (It was Collin's - I love the sentimental value of it...)
  • Boss GE7 EQ
  • Boss DD20 Giga Delay