In this image of John Squire, he can be seen playing Stratocaster. more
In this image of John Squire, he can be seen playing Stratocaster.
In this [video of the Stone Roses' live performance of "Waterfall" on the UK ... more
In this video of the Stone Roses' live performance of "Waterfall" on the UK television show The Other Side of Midnight, we see Squire playing his Country Gentleman.
[This photo](http://www.john-squire.com/pic/pic_sh_squire8.jpg) shows Squire ... more
This photo shows Squire playing his Black Beauty Les Paul live.
In [this image](http://www.rollingstone.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/10/18/1... more
In this image, we see Squire playing his black Tele Custom live.
On this site there is a photo of Squire playing his Custom Fender Jaguar. more
On this site there is a photo of Squire playing his Custom Fender Jaguar.
In the music video and TOTP appearance of "Fools Gold", John uses a custom Ho... more
In the music video and TOTP appearance of "Fools Gold", John uses a custom Hofner T4S with is signature Pollock-inspired paintjob.
John famously used a vintage '59 Les Paul throughout the Second Coming record... more
John famously used a vintage '59 Les Paul throughout the Second Coming recording sessions and the subsequent tour.
In this video of Waterfall, John Squire can be seen playing a 1953 Fender Tel... more
In this video of Waterfall, John Squire can be seen playing a 1953 Fender Telecaster
John using a firebird more
John using a firebird
A pink 1960 Fender Stratocaster. This was the guitar that would give most of ... more
A pink 1960 Fender Stratocaster. This was the guitar that would give most of the jangle to the Stone Roses sound. The single coil pickups are suited to a more subtle brighter sound. Squire being a massive Hendrix fan would inevitably want to play some riffs on a strat. He also had a big thing for the beach boys (Another group containing exponents of the jangly strat sound). Songs on which Squire would opt for the strat would be; Standing here, She Bangs the drums, Where Angels Play, Shoot you down, I am the Resurrection, What the world is waiting for. Story has it that it was actually a guitar residing or hired in to a studio they were recording in (possibly rockfield). And after using it on some of the tracks on the album ('The Stone Roses') had taken a shine to it and wanted to buy it. Never one to be scared of bold statements, (a pink guitar was about as bold as you could ask for back then!) it was soon in his possession. Although I imagine it was the sound of the guitar that captured his heart. If Squire's choice of guitars were his way of doffing his hat to his heroes. Then the Gretsch would be George Harrison, the strat would be Hendrix/Beach Boys/Eric Clapton etc, possibly the pink fender strat could also be tied to Hank Marvin. (Although his trademark was a red strat, he did also sport a pink one occasionally. It's either that or Gary Moore!!) Here are some videos of Squire playing his pink 60s Strat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tozNEbh9Pf4), (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfHoPIxhXM) Also heres a link to another list of squires guitars (http://www.dawsons.co.uk/blog/the-stone-roses-legend-john-squires-favoured-guitars)
John Squire played one on Love Is The Law video more
John Squire played one on Love Is The Law video
7:21 you can see it clealy more
7:21 you can see it clealy
In this picture you can see John Squire using a Fender Twin Reverb model know... more
In this picture you can see John Squire using a Fender Twin Reverb model known as the Silverface because of it's silver controls panel.
John Squire used Mesa Boogie Lonestar in the Stone Roses reunion 2012 more
John Squire used Mesa Boogie Lonestar in the Stone Roses reunion 2012
John squire played a pink fender stratocaster and a Gretch(possibly a country... more
John squire played a pink fender stratocaster and a Gretch(possibly a country gent) guitar during the early Roses period along with a Vox AC30 amp, to get the classic jangly tones.
You can see two jcm 900 heads around 40 seconds more
You can see two jcm 900 heads around 40 seconds
This is the 1st Boogie Squire is seen with. This is a Mark III (simul-class).... more
This is the 1st Boogie Squire is seen with. This is a Mark III (simul-class). The simul-class means that you can switch from (class A) to (class AB). Again the switching is from 60w to 100w. These amps are, like the twin reverb, classed as vintage. Again we have another valve amp. They stopped making them round about the early to mid 90's I think. My one (pictured left) was made in 1986. Mesa Boogie had now become Squire's main source of sound. He would use this amp along with his other twin/s to get an awesome, massive sound. Unlike the twin, the boogie can give an overdriven clean sound at slightly lower volumes. Although mesa amps can't really be played low. The mesa has a slightly darker tone compared to the twin, so you could get a great sounding spread having both amps mic'ed up. I have played venues where the capacity is a couple of thousand and I've never had the master volume past 2.5!! Unlike the amp above, this boogie also has a rhythm 2 channel for overdrive. As before the seperate lead channel gain and master controls are the same as the mk II. This would enable Squire to get the clean sound he wanted and then set his lead channel accordingly. I don't think he really used the rhythm 2 channel.
In 1989/90 Squire had firmly grounded his liking of mesa boogie amplification... more
In 1989/90 Squire had firmly grounded his liking of mesa boogie amplification. This was a company who were arguably leading the field in valve amp technology. Squire had ditched the limitations of the twin reverbs and wanted to immerse himself in the more versatile mesa boogie tone. Having used a Mesa combo for the past few years. Squire decided to rack mount his set up with even more versatility. Mesa Boogie had released a rack pre-amp called the 'Quad'. This encompassed almost all the tones available from mesa amps. It had rhythm and lead channels of the Mark II and Mark III amps built into one.
These are the type of cabs John used along with the rack from the same period... more
These are the type of cabs John used along with the rack from the same period. They are half back angled cabinets which means that the bottom two speakers are sealed off by a panel but the top two are open/accessible and also that the top half of the cabinet is angled back the way. This is all to do with the type of sound produced and in what direction etc. In fact, this is actually one of John's old cabs.
By the looks of things, he housed his whole rack setup in a 'sus4' MESA BOOGI... more
By the looks of things, he housed his whole rack setup in a 'sus4' MESA BOOGIE 16u rack case. These are solidly built and specifically for mesa rack products. At the time he ordered all that stuff it must have cost about £5000 - £6000 and then you've got the 2 custom made guitars on top of that. Checking out this link from the recently posted footage of Spike Island sound check (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsmI1E-0etc) you can see all his cabs and what looks like his rack plus a back up rack (and possibly at Glasgow Green). I'm assuming this was all hired for the events..............ouch for the roadies!!! In the picture (above right in colour) you can see Squire using both 4x12's and a 2x12 on his far left. I'm guessing he's got the other 2x12 at the far right, just out of shot.
Yes..... Here are all the little beauties! After a lot of research I am prett... more
Yes..... Here are all the little beauties! After a lot of research I am pretty sure that these are the pedals Squire used up until early 1990. there is he ts9
John Squire uses an Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus in presenting waterfall on the o... more
John Squire uses an Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus in presenting waterfall on the other side of the performance, besides the concert Blackpool
John Squire uses a Dallas Fuzz Face in presenting waterfall on the other side... more
John Squire uses a Dallas Fuzz Face in presenting waterfall on the other side of the performance
Squire used one of the many variations of the Wah Wah pedal made by Jen in It... more
Squire used one of the many variations of the Wah Wah pedal made by Jen in Italy. This is identified by the white skirting on the pedal. Wah wah pedals have been used since the 60's and 70's. The circuit in the Jen wah's is virtually identical to the Vox v846 wah pedal. Most people buy the dunlop crybaby these days but you can get a vintage Jen one for much the same money. What's the difference? Well, the answer is not much in my opinion. Having tried a dunlop crybaby and a vintage Jen crybaby on a recording, the only sonic difference I could tell was that the Jen wah had more bass when the wah was in the cocked back position and when playing any lines on the high E string it seemed to give more wah effect than the dunlop. Like most pedals, a lot of the reputation of a popular pedal is narrowed down to 1 component. In this case, it's the type of inductor and how many windings it has. My Jen wah has the red fasel inductor. As for windings, I'm not sure!
There are 3 boss pedals which can vaguely be made out. The pedal at the top o... more
There are 3 boss pedals which can vaguely be made out. The pedal at the top of the picture is Squire's Ibanez Chorus (featured further down). The next one below that is a mystery pedal which we'll check out in a moment. The next one is the Boss flanger BF-2. This is identifiable via it's extra trim round the control panel. The one nearest the wah is a Super Phaser pedal.This has a sort of flange/chorus/wah effect all mixed together. Squire used this pedal as a sort of alternative to the chorus at the Tokyo gigs.'How on earth can you tell it's that pedal from the little pic?' I hear you say.Well, Mr Macauley kindly loaned me his copy of the book 'The Stone Roses Document' which has a much clearer picture. Plus I've had an amazing amount of assistance from a very nice chap in Edinburgh called Grahame Rae who has spotted amazing detail to confirm/rule out loads of things regarding identifying Squire's gear.
Another pedal in the Boss range. The BF-2 Flanger. This purple pedal is in my... more
Another pedal in the Boss range. The BF-2 Flanger. This purple pedal is in my view the best flanger available. It was a veteran pedal in Squire's set up and served him well in the sound quality department. This pedal is commonly known for being able to emulate a jet engine type of sound.
Squire would use this pedal mostly for intense sweeping sounds over chords during various sections of tunes live.E.g End of She bangs the drums, "You're eyes are gazing back from...." middle 8 bit in Sally Cinnamon, Made of Stone chorus, spacey sounds during the instrumental of Resurrection etc.If set up for the jet engine sound, the pedal can really give a sound like you are about to take off at 1000mph!! It's certainly great fun to strum through a chord and hear the this effect full on. It can also be set up for more subtle chorus type sounds and wierd wobbly sounds, although Squire seemed to opt mainly for the sweeping swooshy sounds.
These pedals have risen in price quite recently and are probably about £80-£90 brand new. It may sound quite a lot but boss pedals are fantastic quality and well worth the money. It is a very versatile pedal and is certainly worth putting in the time to experiment with it. This will make the money spent a bit more justifiable. Personally, I feel the jet sound alone is worth the money!!! Again, from the Tokyo picture it may seem impossible to tell it's a flanger but it's the only boss pedal that has an extra trim around the control panel which can be seen from the pic if you get eagle-eyed. This pedal can also be seen from the blackpool pic at the end of Squire's pedal chain.
Vibrato - mmm......from the Tokyo bootleg the only place I can tell this migh... more
Vibrato - mmm......from the Tokyo bootleg the only place I can tell this might be used is at the start of Standing here. Seems a bit mental that he might have a pedal to use for all of 4 or 5 seconds. Not impossible, just unlikely. The place in the chain is ok though!