Want to see a closeup of John Mayer’s current live setup? In this video , the legendary guitar tech Rene Martinez (guitar tech for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mick Jones), takes you through John Mayer’s current touring rig. He has some really nice gear, including a Dumble amp.. ohh la la!
You can find out more info about JM’s guitar tech here: http://texasguitarwhiz.com/
The gear John Mayer uses is amazing stuff! Along with the 40+ guitars he has on tour, he also takes the following gear..
Dumble Steel Stringer, Two-Rock John Mayer Signature, and Fender Bassman, Alessandro 2x12s with Celestions
Eventide TimeFactor, a Boss GE-7 Equalizer, an Ibanez TS-10 Tube Screamer Classic, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III Beat-Synced Filter Effects Processor, a Korg Toneworks G4 Rotary Speaker Simulator, a Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive, a small Analog Man Comprossor, an original Marshall Bluesbreaker, a Keeley Electronics Katana Clean Boost, a MXR M-108 10-band EQ, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn Groove Filter FX-Amp Modeling-Drum Box Processor, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn II Beat-Synched Filter Effects Processor, a Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay, and an additional Eventide TimeFactor, which is anchored by a custom Bob Bradshaw switching system and controller.
1) Squier Fat Stratocaster
This are one of several Squier models available that offer a pretty good product for a reasonably low price. The pick-ups and hardware are sometimes suspect, and the workmanship varies from instrument to instrument, but for the price, these are a very good beginner guitar choice. The look of the instrument is appealling – Squier Fat Strats are similar in appearance to the much more expensive Fender Stratocasters.
2) Epiphone G-310 SG
Modeled after the much more expensive Gibson SG guitars, the Epiphone SG G310 keeps it’s cost low by using cheaper hardware and lower quality humbucking pick-ups. The G-310 features an alder body, a mahogany neck, and a dot-inlayed rosewood fingerboard. The buzz on this guitar is it’s a very good value for the money.
3) Yamaha PAC012DLX Pacifica Series HSS Deluxe
Here’s another guitar many people feel is a great value. This Pacifica features an agathis body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard, with two single coil pick-ups, and one humbucker. The consensus is the guitar is reasonably well made, and the quality of the wood tends to be high. Those who go on to become serious guitarists might want to consider upgrading the electronics of the Pacifica HSS.
4) Squier Affinity Series Telecaster
Guitarists like Keith Richards, Steve Cropper, Albert Lee, and Danny Gatton favor the look and sound of the Telecaster. If you’re a fan of any of those guitarists, this beginner guitar may be for you. The Affinity Telecaster features an alder body, with a maple neck and fretboard.
5) Epiphone Les Paul Special II
The Les Paul is perhaps the most famous guitar in rock and roll. Epiphone has done a good job of visually re-creating the Les Paul in this lower-cost guitar marketed towards beginners. The Special II features a laminated alder/maple body, a magogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, and two open-coil humbucking pick-ups.
It’s not yet completely official, but I’ve managed to get some photos of the new Line 6 POD HD series pedal that will hit the stores very soon. I will preference this post and just let you know that the following information is only ‘hearsay’ and can not be considered facts. Think of this as a Line 6 ‘rumor’
So, it looks like there will be 3 different versions of this pedal: POD ® HD500, HD400, HD300. The POD HD Series looks to be a huge step forward in the field of modeling amplifiers
Years of research have led them to create an entirely new set of modeling tools. Using the resulting HD amp modeling technology to recreate 16 vintage and modern amps from the ground up has led them to POD HD.
The (Rumored) Features
- A collection of 16 amps delivered with unmatched HD realism
- Over 100 effects including the complete set from the DL4, MM4, FM4 and DM4.
- Amazing new effects including (48 sec) looping, pitch shifting and harmonizing.
- Comprehensive I/O including analog, digital, balanced, unbalanced.
- Flexible signal chain scales allowing any effect to be placed in any slot in any order.
- All metal construction including heavy duty metal footswitches.
- Free software for editing and managing sound libraries
Proprietary research tools, unparalleled technical expertise and painstaking attention to detail has allowed Line 6 to deliver the most authentic tone and realistic feel ever available in any amp modeling product.
Simple 1W solid state amp, with only 2 inch speaker as its main feature. It has volume, tone and overdrive knobs, headphone out, 9V battery PP3 and 9V center negative AC to DC adapter connectors. It has retro styled plastic chassis, metal belt clip, and tiny leather handle. Available in aqua, burgundy or yellow color, but it seems aqua is the most popular one. Overall its rather light, but there are no loose parts, and whole amp feels solid. 1W of power is just right for practicing at home, perfect for people who live in flats. Despite small speaker sound character limitations a separate overdrive knob actually adds a bit versatility when compared to other portable amps. It is definitely made for blues and old rock, so when you are moving around those styles, it seems like best option in its range.
If this amp were lost, stolen or broken, I would easily be compelled to replace it (about $20 at Guitar Center you can’t really go wrong). I find it a great amp for a compact, 9v powered machine. Just be sure to watch your volume levels or find a way to compensate to avoid clean channel distortion, and it’s very solid.