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Ampeg Gemini: Greg recorded the first three Wipers records with 1965 Ampeg Ge... more
Ampeg Gemini: Greg recorded the first three Wipers records with 1965 Ampeg Gemini. Due to its fragility, and extreme weight, Greg never toured with it (though it can be seen in the background of this photo.) However, this amp's tremolo (which Greg set extremely low, to use as a semi-choral effect) and heavy reverb was essential to the guitar tone and tecnique on those records.
Marshall amps: Usually a Plexi, or a JCM800 (as seen here.) Greg's main touri... more
Marshall amps: Usually a Plexi, or a JCM800 (as seen here.) Greg's main touring amplifiers in the later years were rented Marshall heads, which he ran with a singular 4x12 cabinet. Greg hated these amps because they sounded very generic and colorless to him, so he ran his homemade preamps into them.
Fender Bassman: 4x12 model, used in lieu of the Ampeg Gemini on the earliest ... more
Fender Bassman: 4x12 model, used in lieu of the Ampeg Gemini on the earliest known Wipers concerts.
MXR Distortion+: Greg used this distortion pedal only as a "gain pedal" on th... more
MXR Distortion+: Greg used this distortion pedal only as a "gain pedal" on the first two Wipers records. By this, he means he kept the drive at the lowest possible setting and the volume at the highest possible, in order to drive his Ampeg Gemini/Fender Bassman into distortion without coloring the signal very much. He dropped it in favor of simply manipulating his guitar's volume knob from "Over The Edge" and onward.
Echoplex tape delay: Greg had several of these and besides the Distortion+ it... more
Echoplex tape delay: Greg had several of these and besides the Distortion+ it was the only "effect" he ever used. It is, with no doubt, the key to his guitar sound and style. Without it, he would be missing his natural "huge" solo sound and his ambient guitar playing would be at a miss. His Echoplexes were early solid-state models that he modified to accomidate a footswitch
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