Monthly Archives: June 2008

Artists and their Gear

Why do Musicians choose the gear that they do?  We may never know.  But we can share with you some of the gear that they DO choose.

Orange Amps

Orange Amps, currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year provide great tone for a variety of artists.

Picking up the pieces from At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta and wasted little time branching out into elements of hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz that expanded on the boundaries of their previous work. Although their previous band’s demise ultimately arrived before they were able to truly capitalize on their mounting commercial triumphs, the Mars Volta immediately impressed with their willingness to eschew conventional logic and push themselves into new artistic directions instead of opting for the more marketable sounds.

The Mars Volta sporting their Orange PPC412 Cabinets

The Mars Volta chooses the Orange PPC412 Speaker Enclosures for their huge sound and sparkling overtones.

Hagstrom Guitars

Jake Cinninger from Umphrey’s McGee plays a Hagstrom White Swede because of the fast neck and mahogany feel.

Jake Cinninger with his Hagstrom Swede

Headstrong Amplifiers

Marc Ford, recently with The Black Crowes and now touring on his own, has been seen with his Headstrong Prima amp. Why? Beautiful overdrive sounds, and rich, wide frequency response that is perfect for his brand of bluesy, rootsy guitar rock.

Marc Ford\'s custom Headstrong Prima