Arguably Tom Morello's most famous guitar, the "Arm The Homeless" custom elec... more
Arguably Tom Morello's most famous guitar, the "Arm The Homeless" custom electric guitar, which he used extensively with Rage Against The Machine. In a MusicRadar interview, he talks about the origins of this guitar.
He got it in 1986, from a place in Hollywood that builds guitars. After getting the first version of it, Morello was extremely displeased with the way it looked, felt, and played. Over the next two years, he ended up switching out almost all of its parts, save for the wood used for the body.
After trying dozes of necks, pickups, and whammy bars, he settled for a graphite knock-off Kramer neck (which he found at Nadine's Music store), EMG pickups, and an Ibanez Edge whammy bar.
He then goes into how the pickup sound contributed to his Rage Against The Machine guitar sounds: "The bounce that's in my contribution to the riffs of Rage Against The Machine have a lot to do with that front pickup. I never really liked that sound; in fact I was quite disappointed with it, because it has a very single-coil sound. But that is the sound – that front pickup."
The source MusicRadar article can be found here.
In a interview,he said:"This is the soul power guitar.When i was transitionin... more
In a interview,he said:"This is the soul power guitar.When i was transitioning from Rage Against The Machine to Audioslave,i want a new sound,a new guitar,a new vibe,a new slogan write on her...I wondered that i need some "Soul power" with Audioslave.It was the main guitar for Audioslave records,and shows.And for a time replaced all the other guitars.For six years."
This custom made guitar was modeled on a Gibson 335, and mostly used by Tom M... more
This custom made guitar was modeled on a Gibson 335, and mostly used by Tom Morello with Audioslave, but playing Guerilla Radio for Rage Against The Machine as well.
At 2:06 into this video named "Tom Morello Guitars & Home Studio," Morello ta... more
At 2:06 into this video named "Tom Morello Guitars & Home Studio," Morello talks about his 1982 Fender Telecaster "Sendero Luminoso." It appears to be a standard American Telecaster (he reveals in other interviews it is a 1982 model), with a black finish, white pickguard, and a maple neck. From the looks of it is stock, and is adorned with several stickers. He says:
"This is my main drop D tuning guitar for my entire career. Inexpensive, made in the USA Telecaster. I traded my roommate (he was in a band called Liquid Jesus). He needed a Marshall head and I needed a guitar that I could tune down, play grunge-worthy heavy riffs with. And so the exchange was made, and this is in a song with all the Rage [Against The Machine], Audioslave, Street Sweeper [Social Club], The Nightwatchman songs that are in drop D tuning. Killing in the Name, Freedom, Testify, all those that are in drop D, played and written with the band on this."
Tom used it for Soundgarden covers tuned in Drop D. It was also used at the N... more
Tom used it for Soundgarden covers tuned in Drop D. It was also used at the Nomads '92 concert to play "Wake Up".
"Tom got this guitar around the time he was heading of the college, and used ... more
"Tom got this guitar around the time he was heading of the college, and used it with Lock Up and in the early days of the RATM. The guitar is basically a cheap Ovation knock-off with steel strings."
In this live performance of "How I Could Just Kill A Man", Tom is seen playin... more
In this live performance of "How I Could Just Kill A Man", Tom is seen playing his custom Ibanez Talman at :29s.
In this video Tom Morello is seen with the Les Paul Gibson! more
In this video Tom Morello is seen with the Les Paul Gibson!
Tom talks about this nylon string guitar in [this *Music Radar* article](http... more
Tom talks about this nylon string guitar in this Music Radar article saying "That ended up being the Galvador, which turned out to have a really beautiful sound. Much of The Nightwatchman catalogue was composed, from that point forward, on the Galvador, because it did have a pickup – you could plug it in anywhere. I went on a tour in 2003 with Billy Bragg and Steve Earle, and with the Galvador I could be a professional performer (laughs). So it's the 'Whatever It Takes' guitar."
At 0:26 in the music video for Carry It, by Travis Barker, Tom Morello can be... more
At 0:26 in the music video for Carry It, by Travis Barker, Tom Morello can be seen using an Ovation Breadwinner.
"This was my main guitar that I practiced my countless hours on...I ruined it... more
"This was my main guitar that I practiced my countless hours on...I ruined it's sound by putting in a Kahler Tremolo bar..." says Tom Morello, about his Gibson Explorer, at 0:44 in this video.
"This is my main drop D tuning guitar for my entire career." more
"This is my main drop D tuning guitar for my entire career."
"This here is my very first guitar...still doesn't stay in tune very well but... more
"This here is my very first guitar...still doesn't stay in tune very well but it's a good old friend," says Tom Morello, at 0:20 in this video, about his Kay SG Style.
This is Tom’s main steel string acoustic guitar which he’s been using a... more
This is Tom’s main steel string acoustic guitar which he’s been using as The Nightwatchman. The guitar is completely black and features Morello’s own design on the left of the bridge which combines the Kenyan,Italian and American flags along with the hammer and sickle symbols.
The guitar is dubbed “Black Spartacus”, and Tom even wrote a song about it called “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine” – name inspired by Clash’s Mick Jones Clash who referred to his guitar as “heart attack machine”.
Tom had at least two of these. First one was used in the earlier years and ha... more
Tom had at least two of these. First one was used in the earlier years and had bare metal finish and two Hot Rails pickups, while his second Steelcaster has Hot Rails in the bridge and Alnico pro II in the neck position and features red star graphic finish.
In this Instagram posted by Tom Morello, his backstage practice setup for Pro... more
In this Instagram posted by Tom Morello, his backstage practice setup for Prophets of Rage can be seen. The guitar is a D'Angelico EX-DC in Surf Green finish with gold hardware, hooked up to a small Orange practice amp. He says:
"From small things big things one day come. Warming up backstage in Massachusetts. @prophetsofrage"
In a MusicRadar article, Tom Morello talks about how he ended up getting a Ma... more
In a MusicRadar article, Tom Morello talks about how he ended up getting a Marshall JCM800 2205 50-watt head, which he uses in conjunction with a Peavey cabinet.
After his gear got stolen out of his van, he headed to Nadine's Music store, and ended up buying the Marshall head and Peavey cab simply because he needed them in a pinch to record a demo, and they didn't have much other selection at the time.
Morello also mentions that he found a knob combination on his amp that simply works, which he has used for quite some time. The original article can be found here.
In this video he mentions that he uses a peavey 4x12 more
In this video he mentions that he uses a peavey 4x12
In this Instagram photo posted by Tom Morello, his backstage practice setup c... more
In this Instagram photo posted by Tom Morello, his backstage practice setup can be seen, which consists of a D'Angelico guitar and Orange Crush 12 combo amp. The amp can be identified by its 6 black knobs, with an input jack on the right of them and a headphones output on the left of them. Also, the black lines on the body of the amp give it away as the Crush12 model. Morello says:
"From small things big things one day come. Warming up backstage in Massachusetts. @prophetsofrage"
At :50s in this video, Tom Morello shows us is wah pedal. more
At :50s in this video, Tom Morello shows us is wah pedal.
This detailed gear diagram of Tom Morello's 2004 Audioslave stage setup includes a Boss TR-2 Tremelo pedal.
In [this](http://www.guitargeek.com/tom-morello-rage-against-the-machine-1998... more
In this detailed gear diagram, of Tom Morello's 1998 Rage Against The Machine stage setup, a Boss DD-2 is listed.
According to Guitar Geek's [rig diagram](http://www.guitargeek.com/tom-morell... more
According to Guitar Geek's rig diagram, Tom Morello uses an Ibanez DFL Flanger.
In [this interview](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Tom_Morello_Intervi... more
In this interview, with Premier Guitar, when asked, "What were some of the guitar effects used on The Fabled City?" Tom Morello responds, "There’s an octave pedal, a DigiTech Whammy WH-1 (original), an MXR Distortion Plus on “Whatever It Takes” and basically I just had my usual pedalboard sitting there. Also Brendan O’Brien, the producer of the record, had a lot of stompboxes lying around the studio. I do some slide guitar and of course I incorporate some echo and delay; it’s about not feeling restricted in any way to the bare bones acoustic."
As can be seen between 1:36 and 1:37 in this video of Rage Against The Machin... more
As can be seen between 1:36 and 1:37 in this video of Rage Against The Machine rehearsing, the pedal to the left of Tom Morello's pedalboard (the one that looks to be just off the pedalboard) is the DigiTech Whammy DT Drop Tuning Pedal. While Morello has gone on record to say he uses a DigiTech Whammy, to my knowledge he hasn't specified which, but both this one and the DigiTech WH-1 Whammy make an appearance here.
3:34 into this video shows some of Tom Morello's pedals in his home studio. T... more
3:34 into this video shows some of Tom Morello's pedals in his home studio. The pedals shown seem to be consistent with the pedals he has relied on throughout his career. The DigiTech WH-1 Whammy pedal (the original whammy) is part of Morello's setup.
Around 3:33 into this video, the camera pans across Tom Morello's pedals in h... more
Around 3:33 into this video, the camera pans across Tom Morello's pedals in his home studio. He doesn't talk about them specifically, but the Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedal can clearly be seen. His pedalboard has been pretty standard throughout the numerous bands he has played with, and the DD-3 has been a mainstay of his effects setup.
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