Jerry Cantrell talks about his signature "Blue Dress" guitar, featuring the a... more
Jerry Cantrell talks about his signature "Blue Dress" guitar, featuring the artwork of Alain Aslan, from G&L in this video.
Jerry Cantrell’s main guitar of choice is the G&L Rampage. “They’ve always fe... more
Jerry Cantrell’s main guitar of choice is the G&L Rampage. “They’ve always felt really right to me,” Cantrell says at (2:35). “You know, it’s based off of a, kind of a Eddie Van Halen model almost, you know, kind of a wider flatter neck with, you know, with a single pickup and single volume knob and a tremolo system.”
For his tribute model, G&L made some modifications. According to Cantrell, at (3:41), the guitar “is based off of the original design with a couple of things that I modded. One was putting a Floyd Rose nut at the locking nut because the mechanism they used back in the mid-80s was just terrible. I mean it just broke, and it was weak. It never really held… We changed the pickup out...It was a Jeff Beck. This is actually a motor city, I think, pickup right now, and the tremolo systems were also flattened down and on top of the body, but when you took the tremolo down, you know, the E would pop out of the saddle quite a bit, so what I do was kind of sync and countersync it, and give it a little bit more attention on that nut to keep that string in the saddle.”
He continues at (4:05), saying “] So they’re in the process of putting that out, and I think they’ve done a really good job of that, and I know it’s been reviewed a couple times, and I think people are really digging it, you know. It’s not a super high-end guitar and it’s just kind of a meat and potato solid guitar. It’s made out of a hard rock, rock maple and neck. It’s got an ebony fretboard and the body I believe is maple as well.”
The G&L Tribute Rampage is Jerry Cantrell's signature model guitar. It can be... more
The G&L Tribute Rampage is Jerry Cantrell's signature model guitar. It can be seen in this ad.
Jerry Cantrell can be seen holding his signature model Rampage guitar from G&... more
Jerry Cantrell can be seen holding his signature model Rampage guitar from G&L in this ad.
Here is the product description from G&L's website. "Rampage shares the originals Soft Maple body, sleek Hard Rock Maple neck with Ebony fingerboard and Kahler 2320 vibrato. While the early Rampage had locking nut designed by Leo Fender, Jerry modded his necks to fit a beefier Floyd Rose locking nut. The Rampage Jerry Cantrell has the shelf for the Floyd Rose nut engineered in for greater stability and sustain. What's more, the Kahler vibrato is slightly recessed into the body, allowing lower action than those early Rampages. Then there's the pickup. Early Rampages came equipped with a Schaller humbucker, but the Rampage Jerry Cantrell model has one of Jerry's favorite humbuckers, a Seymour Duncan JB which pairs spectacularly with the Soft Maple body."
In addition to the G&L guitars, Cantrell plays a Gibson Les Paul Custom. “You... more
In addition to the G&L guitars, Cantrell plays a Gibson Les Paul Custom. “You know, pretty much within key to my sound all along,” he says at (3:09). “I play them both, depending on the song.”
You can also see Jerry using this Les Paul live here
Couple of years ago Jerry started experimenting with Gibson SGs. more
Couple of years ago Jerry started experimenting with Gibson SGs.
Only time I've seen him use it. He got 2 Ernie Ball Music Man EVH from Edd... more
Only time I've seen him use it.
He got 2 Ernie Ball Music Man EVH from Eddie Van Halen. One blue and one Gold Top. The Gold top he don't have anymore because someone has stolen it from him. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nemi72/8697148066/sizes/o/
An interview with Total Guitar where Jerry talks about the two Ernie Ball Music Man EVH he got from Eddie Van Halen and more: https://youtu.be/LK3WAJ9L4hc?t=4m56s
Gibson Les Paul Studio more
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Jerry Cantrell played a red Custom too. He was rockin´with her at 2001 Europa... more
Jerry Cantrell played a red Custom too. He was rockin´with her at 2001 Europan Tour.
Appears only in the " What the Hell Have I " Music video more
Appears only in the " What the Hell Have I " Music video
In this video, Jerry talks about his signature amp. At :55s Jerry says "it’s... more
In this video, Jerry talks about his signature amp. At :55s Jerry says "it’s got a lot of power, a lot of balls, tight response you don’t lose any notes anywhere on the spectrum."
Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell gets his signature grunge tone by using a Bog... more
Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell gets his signature grunge tone by using a Bogner Fish amplifier. “I’ve used them pretty much from the beginning,” Cantrell explains in this Premier Guitar video at (0:24). “The first couple records that we did, Facelift and Dirt, was basically a Marshall modified by Bogner, and then of course, I started picking up some of his amp stuff because I liked the mods that he was doing, so used the Fish for many years, and we still use that. William’s using that right now in combination with a couple of other things, and I’ve been kind of toying around with it.”
n addition to the Bogner Fish, Cantrell sometimes uses a Bogner Uberschall am... more
n addition to the Bogner Fish, Cantrell sometimes uses a Bogner Uberschall amplifier. “We had an Uberschall running for a while,” he says at (0:55). “We’re trying to get a little more that kind of metal edge with the Bogner, but we’re still playing with it, you know.”
Used on the first two Alice in Chains albums, Facelift (1990) and Dirt (1992)... more
Used on the first two Alice in Chains albums, Facelift (1990) and Dirt (1992). The amp was modified by Reinhold Bogner, who later worked closed with Jerry on most of his amps.
To achieve his unique sound, Cantrell blends guitar signals from multiple amp... more
To achieve his unique sound, Cantrell blends guitar signals from multiple amps, including a Bogner Shiva and a Marsha, an amp made by Dave Friedman. “Right now,” Cantrell says at (1:20) “we run the Marsha and the Shiva…”I mean I’ve always kind of done that [amp blending.] For me, it’s kind of what the song needs…We use Matchless, Marshall, Bogner, and plenty more, you know, in combination with different guitars to kind of create tones and textures, depending
Used for the recording of “Dirt”. These amps were released after 1992 so this... more
Used for the recording of “Dirt”. These amps were released after 1992 so this was probably a prototype.
Used on “Jar Of Flies”. more
Used on “Jar Of Flies”.
as seen in his RIGRUNDOWN video via Premier Guitar. 5:00 into video. more
as seen in his RIGRUNDOWN video via Premier Guitar. 5:00 into video.
as seen in Jerry Cantrells RigRundown via Premier Guitar video. 5:25 more
as seen in Jerry Cantrells RigRundown via Premier Guitar video. 5:25
Used in the early days. Most likely modded. more
Used in the early days. Most likely modded.
Jerry Cantrell recalls his signature wah pedal at Dunlop: "It looks great, so... more
Jerry Cantrell recalls his signature wah pedal at Dunlop: "It looks great, sounds great, and it's mine, man".
Hendrix signature wah. more
Hendrix signature wah.
Dimabag Darell signature wah more
Dimabag Darell signature wah
At 3:46 in this DunlopTV video, Jerry Cantrell's guitar tech, Punk Rock Dave,... more
At 3:46 in this DunlopTV video, Jerry Cantrell's guitar tech, Punk Rock Dave, discusses Jerry's use of the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and says, "I love it; it has an amazing sound."
(used on the “Man in the Box”) more
(used on the “Man in the Box”)
Around 4:00 in this video, Cantrell's tech points out that the two MXR M-135 ... more
Around 4:00 in this video, Cantrell's tech points out that the two MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedals "keep his whole rig really hush quiet..."
Dunlop Rotovibe Digitech Whammy Pedal Dunlop Heil Talkbox (used on the... more
Digitech Whammy Pedal
Dunlop Heil Talkbox (used on the “Man in the Box”)
Digital Music Corp Ground Control Pro
Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi (used on his solo album “Boggy Depot”)
Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer
MXR EVH Flanger
MXR Bass Octave Plus
MXR Smart Gate (x2)
BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus
BOSS CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
BOSS TR-2 Tremolo
BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
Xotic AC plus
Jerry Cantrell has had a musical career spanning decades, all starting at a music shop in Dallas, Texas. Cantrell has brought Alice in Chains round the world with his unique riffs and dark melodic grooves. He is a master among ax-men, shredding from the 1980s through today.
Cantrell has also released a host of self-titled albums that include Boggy Depot and Degradation Trip Vol. 1 and 2. His career with Alice in Chains produced several successful albums with two different front men.
With Alice in Chains, Cantrell organized the band's two unplugged albums, which both highlighted Cantrell's imaginative and fine-tuned (yet flexible) approach to composition and his talent for singing. Fans found a new level of respect for Cantrell.
Jerry Cantrell is as recognizable in the world of alternative rock guitar players as Seattle is to the "grunge" rock movement. Heavy metal enthusiasts also find comfort in his imaginative and brooding hooks, grooves, rhythms and accentuation of the guitar. His career, while playing with Alice in Chains, allowed him to explore his creative flair for the instrument and songwriting to levels most musicians could only dream of. His mastery of the craft started with his love of rock legends like Eddie Van Halen, whom he credits for his love of G&L Rampages. Cantrell plays with a lot of different gear, including Gibson SGs, Les Pauls, and Fender Telecasters. He also contributed to making a custom model G&L Tribute Series Signature Superhawk with his own stylistic preferences.
Cantrell's stacks and outboard options have included Marshall amps and Bogner combos, along with some Peavey, Fender and Mesa Boogie heads. He has mentioned that he loves the Fish preamp from Bogner. He has also used Twin Reverb units from Fender.
Dunlop also makes a Cantrell Cry Baby signature wah pedal. His other effects include Eventide TimeFactor, Boss CH-1 Super Chorus and TR-2 Tremolo, MXR Smart Gate, Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, a limited edition Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808HW Hand-Wired pedal and Line 6 MM4 Modulation Modeler, just to name a few.
Cantrell is a gear guy that likes to experiment with sound and couple his various rig components in different ways when approaching a record. He once explained that the process for recording a new album with his band was to forget the last record completely.
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