The Grand Old Gear Post

I was saying on http://www.facebook.com/paulozzmusic how I was going to be making this post regarding all of the gear that I’ll be using on the next Paul Ozz album. Realistically, I can tell you few things; as it is also dependant on the studio sitch.

BUT LET’S JUST TALK GEAR AND GET IT OVER WITH ‘AY?

I’ll be using my ESP Horizon FR-II (The Wizard) for probably most of the leads as it has a really smooth sound with the new John Petrucci pickup set; and any particularly high melody bits will probably be done on it as well.

My newly acquired ESP Horizon NT-7 (The Magician) will be doing basically ALL rhythms from the way I’ve got things set up. Its EMG 707s will just have to do for a solid rhythm tone. BUT THAT ISN’T A BAD THING.

My ENGL Thunder 50 will be going through a Marshall 1960A cabinet with a Boss NS-2 pedal through the effects loop to get rid of some very unwanted “SSSSS” and I’ll more than likely be using the effects built into Pro-Tools or Logic (depends on which exact studio I’m going into but that’s another story).

The synths and midi will be all done at home I think; at least in terms of programming until I find some better samples. The drums will be midi Superior Drummer 2.0 style with the Metal Foundry addition just to give me some more dynamic and options to change tones up. Of course Allan Heppner of Lethal Halo will be helping me out with that midi stuff cause y’know; he’s actually a drummer.

But yeah that’s the rig rundown so far. Monster cables, Marshall cabinets, ENGL heads, and ESP guitars. Pretty solid and surprisingly affordable (I mean I’m broke but still).

Disappointment with ESP/LTD

My disappointment stems from ESP not having enough guitars ready and making me wait another 2 months for a guitar that isn’t even made in Japan.

At the same time; my tendonitis has decided to act up in a very vicious manner, leaving me as such with incredible pain in my left hand. This is a setback, but I’m not sure for how long. I don’t think I’ll be finishing my next album on time because of this.

Sure it’s bad news. But it happens. I don’t have a seven string guitar and I can’t even play guitar right now – so I suppose I’ll be focusing on getting a dayjob.

Because really; a dayjob would help a lot with all the gear I need and the gear that needs replacement.
In the mean time, I plan on sipping this glorious Americano and getting buzzed and ready to kick some midi drums out of the ballpark here.