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Gene played Pedulla MVPs in the late 80s more
Gene played Pedulla MVPs in the late 80s
Here is Gene playing this on Paul Lynn's Halloween show in 76. more
Here is Gene playing this on Paul Lynn's Halloween show in 76.
Gene plays this guitar for shows as seen in [this video](https://www.youtube.... more
Gene plays this guitar for shows as seen in this video. Cort debuted the guitar at NAMM 2012, although it looks as though it may no longer be available for purchase.
One of Gene Simmons’ two basses is a Cort GS Ax Punisher. According to Simmo... more
One of Gene Simmons’ two basses is a Cort GS Ax Punisher. According to Simmons’ tech at (13:16), “This is the main bass for the show. A black Punisher with a little white trim and it's real simple. It's just two EMG active pickups hardwired right to the volume knob. We get rid of the pickup selector. We get rid of the input jack underneath. It's literally two pickups right to the volume knob...the Punisher is the meat of the show.”
In this video, Gene uses this Thunderbird bass live during one of KISS's show... more
In this video, Gene uses this Thunderbird bass live during one of KISS's shows. According to the website Axeology "After being on a brief hiatus the Thunderbird returned to the Gibson catalogue in 1976 for the Bicentennial. Gene's version is either a '76 or '77 ebony version that was modified from the get-go."
In this video Gene is shown playing the Gibson EB-O in black. According to th... more
In this video Gene is shown playing the Gibson EB-O in black. According to the website Axeology this bass is "long believed to be a prototype for a possible Gibson Gene Simmons signature guitar, this bass is actually a heavily modified 60's Gibson EB-0."
In this photo set, Gene is seen playing this Gibson Ripper. According to the ... more
In this video, Gene is seen playing the Grabber bass. According to the websit... more
In this video, Gene is seen playing the Grabber bass. According to the website Axeology this bass was "introduced in 1973, the Grabber was Gibson's first bolt-on neck bass and featured a sliding pickup (you 'grabbed' it to change the pickup position, hence the name)."
According to the website [Axeology](http://axeology.com/Spector.html) Gene ha... more
According to the website Axeology Gene had 2 of these Spector SB-1 commissioned around 1976 to be customized to his liking. Used mainly throughout the 1977 Love Gun tour they were also used in later tours with other Bass guitars.
Gene had several "Axe" bass guitars before the Kramer model, but this particu... more
Gene had several "Axe" bass guitars before the Kramer model, but this particular model was the one that he toured with and used live from 1979, 1980 and 1983. As usual the Bass was modified over the years.
While there seem to not be any live photos of Gene with the Spector NS-2, the... more
While there seem to not be any live photos of Gene with the Spector NS-2, there are these from Asylum tour book and a video or two.
Custom made for Gene with his input on design is the B.C Rich Punisher Bass w... more
Custom made for Gene with his input on design is the B.C Rich Punisher Bass which Gene used live from 1992.
Just see this video mothefuckers more
Just see this video mothefuckers
According to Simmons’ tech Jason Lemiere, the KISS frontman plays through Amp... more
According to Simmons’ tech Jason Lemiere, the KISS frontman plays through Ampeg 8x10 cabinets. At (12:35), he says, Gene Simmons is “super, super loud. We point them backwards to cut the stage volume a little bit for the other guys.” Simmons uses “Just one [cabinet]. We run one cabinet, one main, one backup.”
Simmons runs his signal through Tech 21 Solid State 1969 heads. According to ... more
Simmons runs his signal through Tech 21 Solid State 1969 heads. According to Simmons’ tech, Jason Lemiere, (11:07) “It's simply straight right into the new Tech 21, their 1969 heads. It's an all solid state head. It really, really has the sound of a tube amp. They really done a really good job of getting that tone you always want with a tube, but it's hard to get from Solid State. What they've done, is they've figured out a way to get it. It's the reliability of the Solid State. I'm not going to have to switch tubes, it's going to sound the exact same every night, I don't have to let it warm up. I can literally turn this rig on, hit on, play it, and it's going to sound the same the whole night. Where a lot of times the older ampegs I have to turn it on an hour, two hours before the show. By the end of the show, because we drive it really hard, we drive the amps really hard, the tone is changed because those tubes are so hot and the capacitors are so hot that it doesn't sound as good.
Gene Simmons uses a Fulltone Tube Tape Echo, according to their [website](htt... more
Gene Simmons uses a Fulltone Tube Tape Echo, according to their website.
For his solo on “God of Thunder,” Simmons uses the Strymon El Capistan Tape D... more
For his solo on “God of Thunder,” Simmons uses the Strymon El Capistan Tape Delay Echo pedal. Gene’s tech says at (12:04), “We use the Strymon tape delay echo pedal for Gene's solo. We've gone back and forth, we've used a full tone tape delay. Depending on where we are we'll switch it back and forth. There's always something coming through the effects loop, which is a tape delay or a tape delay simulator for the solo where he does "God of Thunder."
In this Premier Guitar Rig Rundown, Gene Simmons’ Tech Jason Lemiere shows of... more
In this Premier Guitar Rig Rundown, Gene Simmons’ Tech Jason Lemiere shows off Gene Simmons’ compressor pedal. The pedal is used to, “Add a little more sustain to the basses. Not so much squashing the signal.” (11:07)
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