Guitar Geek

Ever wonder what instruments, pedals and assorted gizmos Eric Clapton used on stage with Cream circa 1968? If you’re a gearhound, amateur musician, professional journeyman, or weekend warrior, Guitar Geek is a fantastic resource (and a major potential time suck). In addition to a laundry list of gear, with each artist comes a very straightforward visual roadmap of what hooks into what. Plus, each specific piece of gear gets its own page with additional info and links to every bands in the database that use, for instance, the Digitech WH-1 Whammy: Robert Fripp, Steve Vai, Radiohead, and My Bloody Valentine, just to name a few. The catalog of bands/guitars is not as vast as it could be. It’s very late-90s-heavy and there are some glaring omissions — no Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin. Also, the site says the accuracy of each setup is not guaranteed, as each has been cobbled together from bios, concert footage, eyewitness accounts, press and online research. Nevertheless, even if you’re a fan who has no interest in building your dream setup, there’s a certain wow factor when you dive in here (check out Eddie Van Halen’s rig circa 1997. Seriously.). When I was 14 years-old and played non-stop, not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined so much info would ever be available in one place.

Sample Excerpts:

ARTIST: JIMI HENDRIX
BAND: JIMI HENDRIX
YEAR: 1968
STRINGS: FENDER “ROCK N’ ROLL” STRINGS
GAUGE: LIGHT GAUGE
AMPS: Marshall 1959SLP 100Watt Super Lead Plexi Head
CABINETS: Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet / 4×12
Marshall 1960AC Vintage Cabinet / 4×12
GUITARS: 1968 Fender Stratocaster Reverse Headstock Electric Guitar
(blonde w/maple neck & black w/maple neck)
PEDALS: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
Roger Mayer Octavia Fuzz/Octave
UniVox UniVibe
Vox 847 Wah
STRINGS: Fender “Rock N’ Roll” Strings
LAYOUT:

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ARTIST: JONNY GREENWOOD
BAND: RADIOHEAD
YEAR: 1997
GUITARS 1990S FENDER TELECASTER PLUS ELECTRIC GUITAR
SUNBURST – REWIRED – CUSTOM ON/OFF SWITCH INSTALLED WHICH MUTES SOUND FROM THE
1975 FENDER STARCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR
AMPS: Fender Deluxe 85 Combo / 1×12
Vox AC30/6TB Top Boost Combo Reissue / 2×12
PEDALS: Boss LS-2 Line Selector / Loop / Power Supply
Boss RV-3 Reverb Delay
Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
Boss TU-12H Chromatic Tuner
Digitech WH-1 Whammy Original
DOD 440 Envelope Filter
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser USA
Marshall Shredmaster Overdrive / Distortion
Roland FV-300H Volume Pedal
RACK: Mutronics Mutator Filter / Envelope Follower
Roland RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay / Reverb
LAYOUT:

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