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The article was written by Trevor Dawkins, Ed's sound engineer. "Ed Sheera... more
The article was written by Trevor Dawkins, Ed's sound engineer.
"Ed Sheeran essentially plays two Martin Guitar models. The larger models are a pair of 00-28VS customs that Martin put together for us. They’re absolute beauts: figured Koa back and sides, the gecko inlays on the neck (copies of one of Ed’s tattoos . . . ), and the inlaid koa “X” logo on the soundboard. These are fitted with Fishman Matrix Infinity electronics and are used for Ed's acoustic ballad-type songs." From watching live videos, Ed has 4 copies of this guitar. One has black bridge pins, another has white, and the other two have no gecko inlays on the neck.
Ed can be see in this video playing his new signature X guitar with John Maye... more
Ed can be see in this video playing his new signature X guitar with John Mayer. Ed also posted this on Instagram confirming its soon to be release. On Twitter, Ed Sheeran says, "It's exactly the same guitar that I use live and I can safely say it's awesome". Solid Sitka Spruce top, HPL Koa finish back & sides, Stratabond neck.
There has been a lot of interest on this front recently, everybody wants to k... more
There has been a lot of interest on this front recently, everybody wants to know what guitar Ed Sheeran Plays. Well we’ve done our research and we’re pretty sure we can answer that question, so you can all stop wrecking your brains trying to catch a glimpse of his headstock. Mr. Sheeran has found the guitar that works for him, and stuck with it. When Ed started out on the music scene he was using the pre 2011 Martin LX1E's which featured a Fishman Mini Q pickup that's preamp/battery box was mounted underneath the strap nut at the bottom of the guitar. Martin then started releasing new LX1E's with a Fishman Isys T pickup with controls mounted on the side of the guitar. Because of a hole being cut into the side of the guitar to fit the preamp it affects the sound of the guitar especially the percussive element so Ed & his guitar tech contacted Martin asking them to provide them with LX1's and fit them with spare Fishman Mini Q pickups so whenever Ed replaces a guitar (which he does often), all his guitar tech does is recycles the pickup into a new LX1 where a hole for the preamp is either already cut or gets cut. The same applies to his signature models. For general public, the LX1E's come with the Fishman Isys T pickups. Solid Sitka Spruce top, HPL Mahogany finish back & sides, Stratabond neck.
Designed in collaboration with award-winning recording artist Ed Sheeran, the... more
Designed in collaboration with award-winning recording artist Ed Sheeran, the LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition features Ed’s signature “+” sign on the headstock and album logo laser-etched on the solid sapele top. Stage-ready, this model is small enough to take anywhere and comes equipped with Fishman Isys T electronics, SP Lifespan Martin strings and a padded gig bag. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this model will be donated to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (www.each.org.uk). Solid Sapele top, HPL finish back & sides, Stratabond neck.
In this video, Ed Sheeran can be seen using a replica Fender Eric Clapton "Cr... more
In this video, Ed Sheeran can be seen using a replica Fender Eric Clapton "Crash 1" Stratocaster Electric Guitar to play his single 'Thinking Out Loud' live.
Sheeran reportedly no longer uses this guitar after learning it was an unauthorized reproduction, and has since commissioned Crash to create a unique Strat for him, in collaboration with British artist Teddy M.
Ed Sheeran played this Fender Telecaster in a Sunburst finish for the song "T... more
Ed Sheeran played this Fender Telecaster in a Sunburst finish for the song "Thinking Out Loud" during the 2014 iHeartRadio music festival (the guitar can be seen starting at the 7:04 mark). The particular Tele Sheeran is playing here looks to have a maple neck.
In this YouTube video, Ed Sheeran plays the Paul Reed Smith HollowBody II gui... more
In this YouTube video, Ed Sheeran plays the Paul Reed Smith HollowBody II guitar in what appears to be an Acquableux finish at the 2014 iTunes Festival for his song "Thinking Out Loud."
In this photo, Ed Sheeran uses a customized Lowden 35 Series guitar. He can b... more
In this Instagram photo shared by Ed Sheeran September 2013, he shows a colle... more
In this Instagram photo shared by Ed Sheeran September 2013, he shows a collection of Martin guitars which he has toured with over seven years. The left-most guitar is a Martin Steel-String Backpacker Acoustic Guitar. He captions the photo, "7 years of touring"
Ed Sheeran can be seen in this video from his 2015 "X" world tour performing ... more
Ed Sheeran can be seen in this video from his 2015 "X" world tour performing with a guitar painted by rising British artist, Teddy M. The guitar, known as "Green T" is a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster. Ed plays it during his hit, "Thinking Out Loud". More info can be found at the artist's website.
Serial No. SZ2201386, green finish with white motifs by artist Teddy M, maple... more
Serial No. SZ2201386, green finish with white motifs by artist Teddy M, maple neck with skunk-stripe routing, the back of headstock with printed transfer number SZ2201386, signed and dated 2015 below by the artist in black ink, twenty-two fret fingerboard with dot inlays, three Vintage Noiseless pickups, three rotary controls, selector switch, tremolo/bridge tailblock and white pickguard; in hand painted Fender tweed case, painted Rocker by Teddy M; together with a print of canvas of Ed Sheeran, a recording on DVD both showing the guitar being played at the Central Park, New York shown on Good Morning America, a certificate from Teddy M and a letter from Ed's management.
This guitar was loaned by the rising British artist Teddy M to Ed Sheeran in 2015 where it was used on his X world tour 27th February - 3rd July 2015. Ed used this guitar to play Thinking Out Loud most nights of the tour in approximately 18 countries. This included a live performance in Central Park, New York City which was televised on Good Morning America on 29th May 2015.
Original Bonhams auction page here
A collaboration between New York graffiti pioneer John CRASH Matos and Teddy ... more
A collaboration between New York graffiti pioneer John CRASH Matos and Teddy M, commissioned by multi-platinum musician, Ed Sheeran.
This exciting collaboration sees the striking cohesion of Crash x Teddy M on a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster.
Both artists worked closely together selecting the colours and applying their own signature touches, Crash's being the eye and Teddy M's the heart.
In 1983, Crash headlined an exhibition in New York City with his friends Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and his work is now in MoMA and art museums around the world.
Teddy M considers Crash to be one his major influences in him deciding to follow a career in art.
Fender Tweets this image where Ed can be seen using the Vox AC30 in his perfo... more
Fender Tweets this image where Ed can be seen using the Vox AC30 in his performance with Beyonce and Gary Clark Jr. at the recent Stevie Wonder tribute concert. In the photo Ed is also playing his Eric Clapton Crash 1 Stratocaster Electric Guitar. Video from this performance can be found here.
Ed Sheeran is using the custom Chewie Monsta looper pedal on his 2014 "Sing" ... more
Ed Sheeran is using the custom Chewie Monsta looper pedal on his 2014 "Sing" album. In this Tweet from June 2014, Jim Shearer shares a photo of it and confirms:
"Ed Sheeran parts w/ his Boss station for this custom-built mothership. No compression, every loop is crystal clear."
In an interview, Sheeran said, "...I'll see where the next album takes me. This album was all written around the loop pedal. And most of it recorded with the loop pedal. I'm gonna be using it for a while."
The Chewie Monsta is a custom built Midi Foot Controller (made by his guitar tech) that controls a Roland FC-300 Midi Foot Controller off-stage for his guitar tech to control (incase of mishaps) off-stage. Ed's loop pedal has 4 tracks which he can loop onto. Ed's guitar, looping mic and the off-stage Midi controller connects to an audio interface (off-stage) which connects to both a laptop and FOH (front of house) where each individual loop track gets treated at FOH. The laptop runs a looping software called Mobius & the laptop monitor feeds the monitor to show the Mobius User Interface on the Chewie Monsta screen so that Ed can visually monitor his loops. The Pedals on the Chewie Monsta itself are Boss twin pedal recycled onto the Chewie Monsta unit. All in all, Ed could easily just use the the offstage Roland FC-300 as the loop pedal onstage but uses the Chewie Monsta instead as its pedal layout is to his preference and can see what he is doing with the loops. The signal chain would go:
Audio Interface connects to Laptop running Mobius via USB, Audio Interface outputs for guitar, looping mic and Chewie Monsta goes to FOH sound desk, Laptop connects to Chewie Monsta screen via VGA or HDMI cable.
And finally his main vocals mic goes separately to FOH.
In this video, Ed Sheeran gives a lesson on building on a looper using the Bo... more
In this video, Ed Sheeran gives a lesson on building on a looper using the Boss RC-20XL pedal. The pedal is visible at several points in the video, and can clearly be seen at 3:14.
Possibly Eddie’s most notable piece of equipment is his Boss RC-30 Looping Pe... more
Possibly Eddie’s most notable piece of equipment is his Boss RC-30 Looping Pedal. Sheeran uses the RC-30 in most of his live performances and he’s probably the most recognised looper in the UK right now. Roland themselves believe that Mr. Sheeran is in fact “A master of looping on the cusp of greatness.” In addition to his concerts, Sheeran has used the Boss RC-30 in a number of videos, for the likes of SBTV, such as his “remix” of 'You Need Me, I Don’t Need You', which currently has over 5.5m hits on YouTube. The RC-30 has made an appearance in many other videos including 'Wayfaring Stranger' and 'Small Bump'.
Featuring two synchronised stereo tracks, each independently controllable with volume faders and track select buttons and an auto-recording feature that starts recording the moment you begin playing/singing there’s no wonder why countless artists are climbing on board this loop train.
The RC-30 comes with a great line-up of creative looping effects built-in, including pitch bend, step phaser, sweep filter and tempo delay. Plug in your microphone through the XLR connection with an option of Phantom Power for condenser mics; with the RC-30 you’re options are always open.
In an [interview](http://www.acousticguitar.com/How-To/Loop-the-Loop-Create-y... more
In an interview with Trevor Dawkins, (Trevor is Ed Sheeran’s guitar tech and sound man) he said: "We run an A/B system allowing for 100-percent redundancy, with the two sets of outputs from the RME Fireface interfaces controlled by a Radial SW8. "
In this YouTube video, Ed Sheeran is using the Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner for ... more
In this YouTube video, Ed Sheeran is using the Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner for his acoustic guitar. The pedal makes a brief appearance around the 3:13 mark.
"The “Chewie Monsta” is the pedal-board controller that Ed uses to control an... more
"The “Chewie Monsta” is the pedal-board controller that Ed uses to control an offstage Roland FC-300, which is the brain behind the looping system currently used (essentially, Mobius 2 VST plug-in hosted by Ableton Live)."
The accompanying photo (from a Sound On Sound article from January 2012) show... more
The accompanying photo (from a Sound On Sound article from January 2012) shows the microphone that was used to record Ed Sheeran's guitars on his + album. The sE Electronics sE4400a Condenser Microphone was the mic of choice used to capture Sheeran's guitars by producer and co-writer Jake Gosling, at Gosling's Sticky Studios.
In the article, Gosling says, "I did a lot of the guitars using a pair of SE 4400as. The main vocals pretty much were all done on the SE Z3300a, but I've just got a new Telefunken U47, which is lovely."
The original source article can be found here.
In this video of Ed Sheeran performing his song "You Need Me, I Don't Need Yo... more
In this video of Ed Sheeran performing his song "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," his vocals are being recorded by the sE Electronics Z3300A Multi-Pattern Studio Condenser Microphone. A great closeup of the mic can be seen at the 1:15 mark.
Sheeran's producer Jake Gosling has also used the Z3300A to record Ed in the studio. In a Sound On Sound interview from January 2012, Gosling says, "The main vocals pretty much were all done on the SE Z3300a" (referring to the vocals for Sheeran's + album). Other sources mention the Z3300A was also used on the recording of Ed's album Collaboration No.5.
Ed Sheeran can be seen singing into a Neumann U87 Condenser Mic in this video... more
Ed Sheeran can be seen singing into a Neumann U87 Condenser Mic in this video of him performing "Wayfaring Stranger" live in the studio. He is using the Nickel version of the U87 (a Matte Black version also exists).
At the 1:42 mark of this video of Ed Sheeran performing the song "Small Bump"... more
At the 1:42 mark of this video of Ed Sheeran performing the song "Small Bump" live in the studio, the AKG C 451 B Condenser Microphone he is using to mic his acoustic guitar can be seen.
"There are two vocal mics, a 2000-series radio mic fitted with a custom 5235 ... more
"There are two vocal mics, a 2000-series radio mic fitted with a custom 5235 capsule, which is relayed through a Sennheiser EM2050 radio system straight to the front of the house and a Sennheiser e945 vocal loop mic, which again runs into the new loop system," reads this article. At 1:42 in this video, Sheeran can be seen using an e945.
This photo shows Ed Sheeran performing live and singing into a Sennheiser e 8... more
This photo shows Ed Sheeran performing live and singing into a Sennheiser e 865 microphone. An article on the UK Sennheiser site confirms that Sheeran uses an 865 capsule with a Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless system.
Sheeran's Front of House engineer Chris Marsh says that before the 865, Ed was using the Sennheiser e945, which didn't respond as well to Sheeran's "cupping the microphone and holding it in the air at an awkward angle." He goes on to say, "The 865 is the capsule out of all those that I tried, and not just Sennheiser, that has consistency between the open mic and the cupped. And Ed likes it!"
The original article can be found here.
As seen on this YouTube video and as spotted around the 2:40 mark, Ed Sheeran... more
As seen on this YouTube video and as spotted around the 2:40 mark, Ed Sheeran performs "Wayfaring Stranger" and uses the Shure SM57 from the start of the song, building up his beat-box elements with this microphone.
The guitars are all strung with Elixir Nanoweb 0.012–0.053 80/20 bronze strin... more
The guitars are all strung with Elixir Nanoweb 0.012–0.053 80/20 bronze strings, which Ed loves the sound of.
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