Some folks dream of wailing away in front of a menacing wall of Marshall stacks, a few dozen road-weary stompboxes blinking at their feet… others long for the simplicity of a low-powered Class A, dressed in tweed and barely the size of a small suitcase, with nothing more than a dependable boost pedal thrown in front to help coax her into that magical sweet zone.
Me, I guess I’ve been around long enough to have wanted it all, but these days I prefer to keep things easy-on-the-back, heavy on style, and dripping with good old fashioned vacuum tube tone.
I’m lucky enough to already own one of my dream amplifiers, Michael Swart’s awe-inspiring Atomic Space Tone, but my Ultimate Dream Guitar Rig would be built around the grey & black beauty pictured here: Marshall’s classic 1962 Bluesbreaker.
I came damned close to purchasing one of these 30-watt monsters a long, long time ago, and if I had it all to do over again, well… you know the story.
Keeping with the simplicity of the Bluesbreaker, my effects needs are pretty minor these days––a high-quality optical compressor is definitely in order, and my choice here is the Electro-Harmonix Black Finger. Spend a few minutes with one and you’ll see why.
Otherwise, I only really need two more pedals to keep me more than satisfied… a low-pass filter/auto-wah––something like the Moogerfooger MF-101, or EMMA DiscomBOBulator––and a highly versatile tube-driven overdrive pedal: Seymour Duncan’s SFX-03 Twin Tube Classic.
So, what’s your Absolute Dream Guitar Rig?
Do you prefer to wrap yourself in the warm vintage vibe of an old tweed Fender, or do you “just want to make some eardrums bleed?”
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