Archive for the 'Gear' Category

22
Apr
13

Goruck

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I love this company. These backpacks were made to last longer than we do. If you follow my blog then you probably know that my traveling weekender of choice is the Weekender 2.0 from Killspencer. I’ve probably flown 200 times with that bag and it’s perfect for 3-5 day trips, but I don’t always want to travel with a bag that nice. If I’m going camping or on a fly fishing trip I want something a little more rugged. Goruck was started by Jason McCarthy of 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). These bags are made in the USA with the best materials on earth and they love to be abused. And what’s even better, Jason wants you to abuse them. They have an incredible warranty. If you’re a touring musician, A GR1 and a Civvy would be perfect to hit the road with. I have a GR1 that I’m now using as my everyday backpack and a GR2 for when I’m going off the grid for a few days… Like I am this weekend. 🙂 Fish on.

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28
Mar
13

JHS Superbolt

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Working on film scores requires a wide sonic palette so I’m always looking for new overdrives, fuzz, and any other weird pedal offering a sonic texture that I don’t already have. I love old Valco amps and guitars and when I heard that JHS was working on a pedal that captured some of the old Valco overdriven tones I was excited. My Superbolt arrived at the studio a few weeks ago and since then it has been used non stop. I’m in love with this pedal. It might be the crunchiest OD I’ve ever played but also sounds great with lower gain settings. It now has a permanent place on my board and will definitely make its way on to some albums and scores.

16
Oct
12

Aether

By far my new favorite Outdoor/Performance Clothing Company. I went to Jackson Hole, WY for a few days last week, but before I did, I needed to get a jacket. I realized when going through my closet that I didn’t really have an insulated jacket for winter. In JH, a jean jacket won’t do it. So I stopped by the Aether Outpost on Melrose before heading out. I first went to the Outpost with my buddy Spencer Nikosey (KILLSPENCER) last winter when he was in the market for a jacket himself. I had seen Aether stuff on Uncrate before but he’s the one who really turned me on to them. I found out that you don’t need an appointment anymore so I dropped by and Melissa was there to help me out. She’s the best by the way. It’s always refreshing to meet really cool people that dig their job. Anyway, I picked up the Alto and a Slub Hoodie. Their warranty is incredible so I think the investment is well worth it. Their gear is made to last. It was perfect for Jackson and Yellowstone but I’ll also be able to rock that jacket in LA when it gets a little cooler. If you’re in the LA area you should stop by the Outpost just to see their space. It’s pretty incredible. Thanks Melissa and everyone else at Aether for the hospitality and for the great gear!!

07
Sep
12

The Zvex Way

There are a million boutique companies out there making effects and the majority of them continue to make the same sterile clones of the same pedals. There are only a handful of companies that are making great effects that I actually find inspiring. At the top of my list is Zvex. Zach is the man behind Zvex and he fearlessly pushes the creative boundaries of guitar/instrument effects and their applications. While everyone else is in the box fighting for the same piece of the pie, Zach is throwing his own party on the outside. It takes balls to carve out your own path and it’s one of the many reasons I have a lot of respect for him and his company.

We used Jarod’s Box of Rock all over the Shades of Jackson album as well as the Super Hard On (SHO). The Box of Rock is a distortion pedal and the SHO is like a boost/pre amp. That’s a very general description of the two, they both go much deeper than that in sonics and applications. I ordered a SHO from Zach about a year ago because I loved what it did at the front of my chain for guitar stuff. It wasn’t until last week that I stumbled upon my favorite application of the SHO. I was putting a small pedal board together for the Super Soul Monday gig I play every Monday with Jason Joseph at Hotel Cafe. I play pedal steel on that gig and there are times when it can get a bit experimental. I thought it would be cool to put a board together so that I could experiment with some different sounds. I had an open spot on the board so I hooked up the SHO. It made my pedal steel come alive. It added so much vibe that now I don’t want to play steel without it. The SHO has officially become my most used stomp box.

I plan on picking up my own Box of Rock and an Instant LoFi Loop Junky very soon.

Click HERE to check out the Zvex site. You can also check out the Gear section of my site to see what else I’m using at the moment.

Play on players.

27
Apr
12

Divided By 13

I’ve come across Fred’s amps numerous times on sessions and on gigs. I’ve always been blown away at how full and big they sound. The bottom end on all of his amps is huge but not in an overstated way. I called Fred a few weeks ago and told him I was interested in what he was doing and told him what kind of sessions I’ve been on lately and so on. After talking with Fred for 5 seconds it was very apparent that he’s a great guy. I’ve heard multiple stories from friends about how Fred has helped them out when they’ve been in a pinch or needed an amp for a certain show. He loves what he does and he takes great pride in the attention to detail that he gives his amps. For my applications he recommended the FTR 37. I was heading down to Oceanside for a pedal steel thing a couple of Sundays ago and I made a pit stop at Fred’s shop in New Port Beach. He was very kind to show me around and let me plug into the FTR he was working on. I was sold instantly. His amps have there own voice and I can’t really compare them to any other. He’s got his own thing going on. I hope to add one soon to my family of Carr and Fender amps. Check out his site HERE. 

03
Oct
11

KILLSPENCER

What do you do when your country is in the middle of a recession and you’re graduating college and jobs are almost nowhere to be found? If you’re as talented as Spencer Nikosey you start your own company. He manages to make all of his bags, backpacks, etc. from his space in downtown LA. You won’t find any “made in China” labels there. And the quality of his work is second to none. I’ve been on the search for a soft but strong case for my pedal board. Flying with a hard case is such a pain so I started looking for someone who could build/design me what I’m looking for. That search led me to KILLSPENCER. I reached out to Spencer and he invited me to his warehouse in downtown LA to talk about the project. Spencer is a visionary so if you find yourself at his space you might pick up one of his bags, and beside it a pair of shoes that he made, or sketches for some new technological breakthrough. His bags are just one extension of his creativity and I was excited to work on one with him. He and his team were working on the sketches for my bag on his ping pong table. It didn’t take long for us to start talking pong and the next day we battled it out. …He’s got game. My favorite of his production bags is the weekender. I hope to pick one up soon. It would be perfect for when I’m catching a flight for a quick gig. A pair of jeans, a few shirts, a couple effects pedals and I’m good to go.  Check out his site HERE and get yourself a bag that will last your entire life.

07
Sep
10

It was a good one

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to the House of Blues last Tuesday!! I hope you all had as much fun as I did. I wanted to post a couple of pictures from the show and also let everyone know I have a show Friday, September 17th @ Room 5. I’ll be posting more info on that show soon. I also wanted to send out a special thanks to Bill Asher. I’ve been completely inspired by his instruments and through playing his lap steel guitar I’ve felt endless streams of creativity. The man is a true artisan and goes out of his way to help out his fellow artists. If you’re not familiar with his work check him out @ Asher Guitars & Lap Steels.  We’re currently spec’ing out the one he’s making for me and I feel like a kid in a candy store. Also thanks to Eric Blackmon who came out and took these pictures! I hope this finds everyone well and I’m looking forward to the 17th!!




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