My main guitar on our last tour was my LACS-custom painted RG927 Premium in s... more
My main guitar on our last tour was my LACS-custom painted RG927 Premium in sea foam. I think Ibanez has proven with this model that you can make a great guitar at a reasonable price point that holds up to the rigors of the road and plays like a dream. The neck is perfect — thin without being paper thin — and it’s fast and easy to maneuver on. The RG body style has always been my favorite, it’s just super comfortable. The bridge is solid, stands up to a serious beating and holds tune like a champ.
My back up is an Ibanez Iron Label RGIR27ZBK. Like the Premium line, it is on... more
My back up is an Ibanez Iron Label RGIR27ZBK. Like the Premium line, it is one of the newer models made specifically to suit the needs of the “metal” player. Simple and to the point. Great fret work, volume knob, and a kill switch (toggle) that I never thought about using until I had it but I now use every time I play the guitar. The clean black finish with white binding looks classy but still stands out as a metal guitar. Stays in tune, plays great, fast, easy and fun. These guitars definitely stand up to the higher end guitars being produced by most of the companies out there. Definitely a great set of tools for tour.
Tim from Mesa made a suggestion, and I’m happy he did. I made the switch fro... more
Tim from Mesa made a suggestion, and I’m happy he did. I made the switch from what I was using at that time to a Mesa Boogie Mark V and it’s the best move I have ever made. Cleanest, clearest tone with so much volume and punch. I had to break the habit of using the numbers on the master volume and output knobs. I was so used to pushing my old amps so hard that I would overpower everything else on stage. The Mark V has always been talked about as not being a gain monster, but its all about how you EQ the amp. It comes set up from the factory with an over-abundance of mid and high end, because honestly, the guitar is a mid-driven instrument that players who tune down force low tones out of. So when EQing this amp you have to forget the old rules and pull back your standard treble, mids and lows on the amp and use the 5 band EQ to make it open up. Once you really figure it out it’s a whole new monster. Then add in the bits and pieces, especially the Grid Slammer, in the pre section and forget it. I have been told on multiple nights by sound guys that the combination of tones Tim and I are running live every night barely needed to be EQed by front of house.
I pair my Mark V with a Mesa Recto Cab, proven and effective, no bullshit, th... more
I pair my Mark V with a Mesa Recto Cab, proven and effective, no bullshit, the best cabs on the market. So many people are trying to reinvent the wheel lately and they’re failing miserably. I stand by Mesa Cabs 100% percent. Recently I have been talking to Mesa about the pros and cons of the oversized cabs compared to the traditional cabs, so we may switch to traditional full stacks, but we will see.
In This video Pat explains why he choose this head. more
In This video Pat explains why he choose this head.
First in the chain is my Poly Tuner, accurate and easy. more
First in the chain is my Poly Tuner, accurate and easy.
I have my MXR Carbon Copy, a good solid delay; easy to use, great sounds. more
I have my MXR Carbon Copy, a good solid delay; easy to use, great sounds.
I have a Rock Box boiling point. It is one hell of a boost for solos that bum... more
I have a Rock Box boiling point. It is one hell of a boost for solos that bumps up your signal for cutting through, doesn’t overly color your tone and is very versatile.
I have a Mesa Boogie Grid Slammer; this thing is the bees knees. Turns your a... more
I have a Mesa Boogie Grid Slammer; this thing is the bees knees. Turns your average high gain amp into an animal. It is my constant runner that punches my gain through the roof without losing the low end. Something about the combination of this pedal and my head really make my tone perfect. It is my secret weapon, and there’s no doubt that it makes my tone
I also have an Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 in line which I use for over the top... more
I also have an Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 in line which I use for over the top feedback, dive bombs and when I need noise. The combination of this and my Grid Slammer really just make a ridiculous amount of heat and turn my rig into a feedback machine; great for between song noise.
Next I have a Boss NS2 Noise Suppresor; it’s a staple. more
Next I have a Boss NS2 Noise Suppresor; it’s a staple.
I also run an ISP Decimator in the effects loop of the amp. I adjust it to a... more
I also run an ISP Decimator in the effects loop of the amp. I adjust it to allow full tone but still cut me out when I need it to. Using the NS2 to control my input gating and the ISP to cut me off at the amp really helps me control my feedback problems without giving up tone — it’s a good mix.
Line 6 Digital Wireless Systems do it for me. Currently, I am using the Relay... more
Line 6 Digital Wireless Systems do it for me. Currently, I am using the Relay G50 – simple and effective. Plus it’s very affordable in comparison to some companies out there.
My neck pickup is the Sentient, the perfect compliment to the Nazgul. It’s a ... more
My neck pickup is the Sentient, the perfect compliment to the Nazgul. It’s a real neck pick up: round, warm and rich, with enough punch to keep up with the high output bridge pickups metal players use on the regular. I can finally say that I have found my live pick up tone from the combination of these two pickups.
I have been working with Seymour Duncan for the past couple of years. I can h... more
I have been working with Seymour Duncan for the past couple of years. I can honestly say that they have developed one of the nicest sounding pickups for the metal market; the Nazgul is something special. It is clean and articulate but still allows the guitar to put forward that natural growl that makes any high-gain set up have the extra punch it needs. It’s one of those pickups that punishes you on a bad night because it makes your notes cut through like a knife. The output is perfect; it lets the natural tone of the instrument come through, and you can definitely feel how it responds to different picking styles. Roll back the volume and it cleans up; it’s great.
Cables, that’s also a no brainer: Monster Cables all the way. They last forev... more
Cables, that’s also a no brainer: Monster Cables all the way. They last forever and they have a lifetime warrantee. Easy choice.