Well what can I say I am delighted to have my own signature model
Dot On Shaft
guitar. Mike Carparelli worked really hard to make this happen as did Christos
my guitar tech. Many emails went backwards and forwards and I tried things out
on the road and eventually we had it. I took delivery and the first thing I
noticed was how Rock N' Roll it looked and it was just how I had envisaged it in
my minds eye for a long time. All black and screaming at me to play it. Once it
was around my neck it felt like it was at home and instantly I was used to it
like an old worn shoe. We plugged it into my Marshalls at the first show and it
was a match made in heaven. For those of you that like to know the technical
side it is based on a DOS Carparelli model with a mahogany body and a maple top.
It has a mahogany set neck with a rosewood fretboard with abalone markers. We
added a TonePros locking bridge with locking tuners from Planet Waves that cuts
off the strings automatically. We have Shadow custom wound signature pickups
made in Germany thanks to Dominic Wagner with the neck pickup called Wizard and
the bridge pickup called Demon. This guitar is special and feels and sounds
really good apart from looking the
Because often at festivals we really need to move fast with just 20 minutes for
changeovers between bands I have had to leave my beloved Czech Republic F25 SR
Furch Acoustic guitar that Jiri Machacek gave me which I use on all of the
Acoustic shows at home. Setting up a good sound on an acoustic can be time
consuming trying to reduce feedback etc especially with the many different P/A's and Monitors, so we have been using a
Black Variaxe Line 6 with custom tunings into a Boss Chorus pedal into a DI box.
I have recently been given from Godin (Canada) a beautiful black A6 Ultra
Electric Acoustic Guitar that plays wonderfully. I have to thank Fred di Santo
for sending me this guitar and I cannot wait to try it out on the road.
We have to hire backline around the world and we always have a specification for
the Marshalls to be a Marshall 1959 SLP 100 Watt amps but to be honest what you
end up getting is a steam fired head that has more knobs than you need and looks
like you could get a good cappuccino coffee out of it. They are rarely serviced
and usually when I get down to the sound check at the venue I can see the
frustration on Christos's face and know we have a steep hill to climb. It was
then that we came up
with the idea that perhaps we should fly on the aeroplane from the UK with an
amp so that we have a permanent backup. The choice we made is as follows: A
Marshall JMP 1 through a Marshall EL34 100 watt Dual Monoblock power amp and
along with that we use a Rocktron HUSH C in a rack and a THD Hotplate. I will
say at this point not all hire companies hire bad equipment but when you think
we play in some pretty remote parts of the world in the 53 countries we cover it
is nice to have this safety net and a guaranteed good concert. We use 4 X Marshall 4 x 12" speaker
cabinets but in truth the amplifier is only going through one of them. The
cabinets have to be flat fronted as I do not like the sound of the slanted
cabinets at all. Also they always have to be on the floor for the resonance and
if they are wheels on them...take 'em off!
On Acoustic shows I use an AER amplifier with 2 x AER satellite speakers
Keep it simple is my motto in regard to effect foot pedals as I have never been
a player that can incorporate too much tap dancing while I am playing so I keep
the pedals to a minimum and let the tone come from the fingers. The pedals I use
are as follows: Dunlop Original Cry Baby, Boss Chorus (one number) Boss Tuner
and a Marshall 4 way foot switch. With the new set I will have to add a Digital
Delay for "What Kind of God" but that will be it.
I have for many years used Picato Strings and the gauges are 9-42 on the
Electric and 11-52 on the Acoustic.
GUITAR PICKS / PLECTRUMS
These are custom made for me from Walter Geipel in Germany. They come in many
colours and have the Uriah Heep logo on one side and my signature on the other.