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Guitar Geek diagrams, in loving detail, the (probable) effects and speaker setups of an incredible number of guitarists and bassists. Examples range from super-stripped down to staggerly huge to downright bizarre. It's pretty cool (and, admittedly geeky) in a sick, fanboy kinda way.
posted by 40 Watt (36 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I feel dirty and a little tingly now. Thanks that is awesome.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:26 PM on December 20, 2001

Great site.

Favorites: J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr and Richard Lloyd of Television.
posted by Ty Webb at 3:37 PM on December 20, 2001

I love Guitar Geek, have done for ages. I was a little disappointed when they stopped putting "geek" logos on the diagrams and switched (mostly) to the correct brand names - the geek logos were an endearing quirk of the site. In a mailout last month they said that a redesigned site would be launching on the 1st of December, but it hasn't happened yet...
posted by rbrwr at 3:53 PM on December 20, 2001

That is an incredible link. Thank you.

I'm with eyeballkid, I've never felt so tingly.
posted by perplexed at 3:55 PM on December 20, 2001

stutter, cough, drool, swoon
posted by hipstertrash at 4:02 PM on December 20, 2001

yikes hipstertrash, he has more pedals than some organists.
posted by th3ph17 at 4:04 PM on December 20, 2001

whoa, I wish we had a site like that in high school. Many questions plagued me as listened to Three of a Perfect Pair, wondering, how did he do that stuff?
posted by Bootcut at 4:05 PM on December 20, 2001

th3 - I know, isn't it great? I've been waiting for years for GuitarGeek to get a diagram of Holmstrom's setup ... it was worth the wait. Thanks, 40 Watt, I hadn't looked there in awhile.

The best part? "Boss DM-2 Analog Delay housed in a Dunlop Wah Casing. The Pivoting Pedal Controls the DM-2 Time/Rate knob"

freakin' beautiful ... and a damn nice guy, too. I could tell you about hanging out in their tour bus on acid, but methinks that is a story for another thread ...
posted by hipstertrash at 4:17 PM on December 20, 2001

Okay, how the hell does Holstrom get away without having some sort of noise gate on a setup with that many pedals? I can't even string 3 pedals in series without generating a hum big enough to vibrate the roof off my house!
posted by MrBaliHai at 4:26 PM on December 20, 2001


posted by nicwolff at 4:33 PM on December 20, 2001

Uh, that had a white background when I previewed it...
posted by nicwolff at 4:34 PM on December 20, 2001

New from Microsoft, the 'conspiciously comsumptive musician' Visio template set.
posted by machaus at 5:12 PM on December 20, 2001

Good Grief! That's a lot of gear. I felt decadent when I bought a distortion box for my bass! I think I need some more stuff.
Unfortunately, there's no info on some of my favorite reggae-influenced bass players! David J? Sly & Robbie? Dry & Heavy??
posted by black8 at 5:17 PM on December 20, 2001

Drat. No listings for Adrian Belew, Bill Frisell, or Ali Farke Toure. Loads o' fun, though.
posted by transient at 6:15 PM on December 20, 2001

Mr Bali Hai -

My guesses ... 1) top of the line patch cords; 2) that volume pedal right in the middle of the chain; 3) the fact that a good portion of the pedals are always engaged (line noise is only really noticeable when playing clean); 4) the way the series is constructed -- it does make a difference what order the pedals are in, depending on the individual noise and power output of each pedal
posted by hipstertrash at 7:08 PM on December 20, 2001

Compare Ament's setup with McCready's setup.

Man is someone compensating? Well? Hmm...?
posted by plemeljr at 7:13 PM on December 20, 2001

Wow. Great link. I'm having flashbacks to my guitar geek highschool days.

Here's my fave.
posted by jpoulos at 7:59 PM on December 20, 2001

jpaulos - amen! "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline" was the first song that I ever learned how to play and sing at the same time ...
posted by hipstertrash at 8:06 PM on December 20, 2001

Wow, what a great site. I haven't seen too many guitar links here (unless I just haven't been paying attention). Let's see if I can start something. Here's *my* setup:

1) Custom PRS
2) Parker Nitefly
3) Ibanex EX
DOD Death Metal Distortion
Crate GX-130C (reverb at 2)
Crate 4x10 cabinet

Roland JV-1010 MIDI synth
Fender PA (borrowed)
posted by pheideaux at 8:28 PM on December 20, 2001

Sniff. *cries* This is the most beautiful site I've ever seen. Just one more stomp box... honest, that's all I need. One more, and I won't need another. I'll be done. Seriously.... I'll have the sound I'm looking for...
posted by dchase at 8:29 PM on December 20, 2001

My Setup:

Les Paul Studio Gothic
Line 6 Pod
After that, it doesn't matter much.
posted by eyeballkid at 8:59 PM on December 20, 2001

Check out Angus Young's setup. The shit.

Heres mine:

Fender Stratocaster
Line 6 Floorboard
Line 6 Flextone Plus
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:06 PM on December 20, 2001

ok, I'll bite ... Silvertone Hollowbody (mid-sixties Harmony Rocket knockoff) and (soon) 2001 Gretsch Sychromatic SparkleJet
Greystone Auto Wah
ProCo Rat
Morley ABY---EH Big Muff Pi (vintage)---60's Epiphone Devon
EH Memory Man
60's Ampeg Rocket 2
posted by hipstertrash at 9:15 PM on December 20, 2001

my setup:

Takamine Acoustic
Ibanez Acoustic

posted by howa2396 at 9:30 PM on December 20, 2001

no edge from U2, no metallica, no slayer, no KISS, no sonic youth, no slash, no limp bizkit, no STP, not even a page for dave mustaine... oh well...

be interesting to see the same sort of site for electronic artists like aphex twin or even depeche mode.

my gtr set-up:

pawn shop Charvel (candy apple red) w/ floyd rose
RAT distortion pedal
Korg sdd-1000 ddl
Marshall jcm-800 4104
horrified neighbors/audience
posted by mb01 at 9:43 PM on December 20, 2001

Sonic Youth's (Stolen) Equipment. Eep.

I'm simply: American Fender Strat(black w/white, rosewood fretboard)->Boss Distortion->Fender Amps
posted by perplexed at 10:12 PM on December 20, 2001


I wish there was something like that for electronic artists as well...Unfortunately, I'm willing to bet a large portion of the diagrams on "" would look something like this:

CD burner
posted by 40 Watt at 10:32 PM on December 20, 2001

Finally! Finally I know! Now I can die happy... well, right after I duplicate his setup, anyway. (Did anybody see when MBV's original Jazzmaster was auctioned on EBay? The one used on the cover of Loveless? Jesus!)

Ok, here's my setup at present:

Samick Stratocaster Ripoff ($40, bought damaged from friend)
"Prestige" PA (30 years old, "borrowed" from parents)

What can I say? I'm a poor college student...
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:37 PM on December 20, 2001

Yeah I'll do my setup too, coz I love it:

Gretch Sparklejet Hollow body
Boss Octaver
Ibanez Sonic Distortion
Crybaby Wah
Danelectro Tremelo
Ibanez Flanger
Ibanez Digital Delay
Ampeg SS-70c Solid-state 2x35w British speakers.

The Guitargeek site is a bit here-and-there though, isn't it? It's got obscure folks like Jas Sweeny from Sweet William, but no Sonic Youth or Smashing Pumpkins.
posted by Jimbob at 10:38 PM on December 20, 2001

Ibanez gee-tar (1980s)
Roland GR-300 guitar synth
Roland GP-8 effects thingy
DOD dimension 12 (12 second sampler)
Sherman filterbank
Fender sidekick amp (80s, I guess)

Good enough for what I do.
posted by transient at 5:03 AM on December 21, 2001

No Dire Straits. No Jeff Beck. No Al DiMeola. *sniff*

My setup:

homemade 22 fret pseudo strat with EMG Select passives, tapped humbucker at the bridge


homemade distortion pedal based on Craig Anderton's design


Rockman X100


Crate Ampheadphones (sold the amp)
posted by plinth at 5:17 AM on December 21, 2001

Great site! Thanks! But as usual, too many guitar players and not enough bassists...

Haven't used it much recently, but here's mine..

(1) '67 Fender Precision w/Dimarzio jazz bass pickup

(2) Mid-60's (?) Tele bass body with '71 Precis fretless neck (has old single coil pickup)

(3) '96 Ibanez fretless


Late '70's Music Man tube amp


Fender bass cab (2-15'') - so-so, used to have a big old folded horn cabinet that kicked butt
posted by groundhog at 6:32 AM on December 21, 2001

Well, this pretty much guarantees that I will never be able to truly recreate Brian May's sound. Cripes. Half his gear is homemade! Time to pick up a book on luthiers.

Thanks, 40 Watt!
posted by starvingartist at 7:55 AM on December 21, 2001

Looking at Dimebag Darrell's setup (from Pantera) reminded me of one of the coolest effects I've heard in a while. He uses a noise gate on his rack, and in the studio he was standing next to the drum kit as Vinnie was warming up, and he was fiddling with the tuning knobs on his guitar. The vibrations from the drums were opening the noise gate and allowing all kinds of cool feedback to float through, changing pitch as the tuning knobs were turned. They used this to great effect in the song "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills". Cool stuff.
posted by starvingartist at 8:07 AM on December 21, 2001

Heck, I'll bite.

Ibanez Acoustic w/ Dean Markley Humbucker
Fender Pedal Tuner (used as mute switch)
Seiko Tuner
A/B box
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| Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
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| Non-descript distortion pedal
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| Boss Chorus
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| 15W washburn practice amp
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| 40W roland combo
posted by cheaily at 7:54 PM on December 21, 2001

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