The first guitar that Dan Donegan's guitar tech shows in this rig rundown vid... more
The first guitar that Dan Donegan's guitar tech shows in this rig rundown video is Dan's signature Schecter guitar. At 0:33 his tech says, "He just switched over to this company and he's been very happy with them. I think in general the body shape of this guitar matches him a bit better cause he's a big guy." At 1:55, the guitar tech says, "He plays the same guitar—when I first got on this tour with Dan, he was playing all the exact same guitars in different colors...He is extremely about having things be as regimented as possible."
He is also featured on the Schecter's website as the user of the Dan Donegan Ultra model. The backstory behind the collaboration of Donegan and Schechter was told by Donegan in the Music Radar gear rundown.
“When I started working with Schecter they wanted to build a model, and I was looking at body styles that they had in mind and came across the Ultra. I just fell in love with how it felt with me and how it looked. With this Schecter guitar I wanted something that was a little beefier, too, and to have a little bit of weight behind it.
In the same interview, he talks about various finishes of the guitar.
There are different paint jobs on them but they are basically set up the same; the same hardware, the same pickups, just in different tunings. One of my go-tos is my signature model that has the number 96 on it - that was the year Disturbed was formed. That’s usually the one I open up the show with and I play it a couple of times a night. On the paint jobs there’s nothing really too bright; on The Game, the one I use is more a transparent blue. Some, like the 96 guitar, I had them put stripes on there because I wanted it to almost look like a vintage Shelby Cobra. I’m six-foot-one, six-two; I’ve always liked a heavier guitar, a bigger body. When I was younger I had some Les Pauls and I played some PRS guitars, too. I liked the single-cuts. I liked some of the Les Paul body styles. With this Schecter guitar I wanted something that was a little beefier, too, and to have a little bit of weight behind it, maybe get a little bit more sustain out of it. Even though Schecter is my number one endorser I play what I am comfortable with onstage or in the studio. But I really like this model. They all sound good. They play well. They’re consistent. And I’ve got pretty big hands, too, and I like the feel of it. On this recent album, Evolution, all the rhythms were with the Schecter guitar, with the exception of a few of the overdub tracks that might have been something else in the studio that I just grabbed in the moment. It depends on the song. I like layering things, even if it’s just ear candy and it’s very subtle in the mix, it gives it life.”
This guitar was used during The Sickness era. In this photo you can see Dan w... more
This guitar was used during The Sickness era. In this photo you can see Dan with his Gibson Les Paul with The guy logo on it.
Used During the Believe era. Was grey and had (10.-45.) Strings. more
Used During the Believe era. Was grey and had (10.-45.) Strings.
Back when Dan was endorsed by Washburn, Dan co-created this uniquely shaped g... more
Back when Dan was endorsed by Washburn, Dan co-created this uniquely shaped guitar named Maya (which was named after his daughter).
Dan Donegan played Les Pauls during The Sickness era. He can be seen playing ... more
Dan Donegan played Les Pauls during The Sickness era. He can be seen playing one in this photo:
Dan uses this guitar in the disturbed dissected where he teaches how to play ... more
Dan uses this guitar in the disturbed dissected where he teaches how to play disturbed songs on guitar
In this performance of Disturbed's "A Reason To Fight", Donegan can be seen p... more
In this performance of Disturbed's "A Reason To Fight", Donegan can be seen playing the Taylor Big Baby acoustic.
At 1:00 minute mark of the "Building the Asylum" webisode, Donegan can be see... more
At 1:00 minute mark of the "Building the Asylum" webisode, Donegan can be seen with the Schecter Ultra Classic.
you can see on old picture of Dan with the explorer throughout the video more
you can see on old picture of Dan with the explorer throughout the video
The guitar is actually called a WI-63SF but equipboard “couldn’t find it”. It... more
The guitar is actually called a WI-63SF but equipboard “couldn’t find it”. It is this guitar style but it’s black and has gray flames going down the body.
> “I’m playing Taylor acoustics. My favourite one right now is a 914CE. It’s ... more
“I’m playing Taylor acoustics. My favourite one right now is a 914CE. It’s just a great-sounding guitar. Very expensive guitar! [Laughs] The acoustic costs a lot more than the electric guitars. But I mean, you get what you pay for, and they are just such great-sounding guitars. I’ve got a few different ones. The acoustic costs a lot more than the electric guitars! I also have Jeremy, my guitar tech, sitting in on a couple of songs because some of the layering I did in the studio I wanted to reproduce it live, and he is a great player, a great singer as well, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to incorporate him with mostly the acoustic stuff we are doing. I’ll get him up onstage and he will play on The Sound Of Silence, A Reason To Fight, Hold On To Memories, and then there are couple more in our arsenal that, if we dig them out, we’ll give him a chance to play. It frees me up, too, because I wrote those parts in the studio, developing these songs, and there is this cool layering, and it’s a little different. With the acoustic, I definitely want to hear those parts because they are very complementary with what they are doing. A song like Hold On To Memories, I have an acoustic guitar solo in there. I put some harmonies within that solo and I don’t want them to be missing live. It was good to have Jeremy at our disposal to use him for that part of the performance. He’s got his hands full! I’m throwing a lot on his plate but he loves it.”
As Dan Donegan's guitar tech goes over Dan's rack setup, he mentions that Dan... more
As Dan Donegan's guitar tech goes over Dan's rack setup, he mentions that Dan uses a Randall RM4 Modular Tube Pre-Amp at 3:05.
As Dan's guitar tech goes over his amp rigs, there is a clear shot of Dan's D... more
As Dan's guitar tech goes over his amp rigs, there is a clear shot of Dan's DigitTech GSP1101 at 3:27, and Dan's guitar tech says, "DigiTech, they've been great to Dan and they've been really good to me as well in that we get all the things we need."
Talking about Dan Donegan's amp setup, Dan's guitar tech mentions his three R... more
Talking about Dan Donegan's amp setup, Dan's guitar tech mentions his three Randall RT2/50s, at 7:05. He says, "We use one to power the ISO cabinet...It's as important as any of this system is having this ISO box, set aside...it's like being in the studio on tour."
Back in 2005, this used to be Dan's entire live rig (seen in the picture) more
Back in 2005, this used to be Dan's entire live rig (seen in the picture)
Dan used Mesa amps before being endorsed by Randall. In this diagram of the g... more
Dan used Mesa amps before being endorsed by Randall. In this diagram of the guitar rig hes used in 2000, you can see a Mesa Triple Rectifier.
We can see two Egnater stacks in the background trhoughout the official "The ... more
We can see two Egnater stacks in the background trhoughout the official "The Light" music video. For the most part, the stacks are not clearly visible in the video, until around 2:18 where we can clearly recorgnize the unique front of the Armageddon head. It is unclear if this amp has been used for the recording of the Immortalized album or for the song, but Dan Donegan surely own a couple of these amps.
Use of Egnater Armageddon is confirmed in the Music Radar rig rundown.
The main rig, the A rig I’m using here, I have a Bogner XTC 20th Anniversary head. I use that combined with an Egnater Armageddon head. With the Bogner and the Egnater I’m just giving [the sound engineer] a good blend upfront.
At 3:03 minute mark in Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown, Donegan's Randall MTS108... more
At 3:03 minute mark in Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown, Donegan's Randall MTS1086 signature module can be seen in his rack.
In the April 2003 interview with Donegan, his rig diagram is shown - Randall ... more
In the April 2003 interview with Donegan, his rig diagram is shown - Randall CY300 can be seen in the rig.
it shows he used this in his rig more
it shows he used this in his rig
In this photo, which was posted by Donegan on his Twitter profile, the Kemper... more
In this photo, which was posted by Donegan on his Twitter profile, the Kemper Profiler can be seen on the bottom of the rack. Kemper was briefly discussed in the Music Radar gear rundown.
I have a Kemper in the rack, too, which is another profiling amp, and is amazing, but it gives our front of house guy the options up front to take the blend of any three of those - the Bogner, the Egnater and Kemper - and whatever he is doing out front to make it sound the best. I think the rest of the guys in the band are getting a direct feed from the Kemper for their in-ears, which has been somewhat of a blessing because historically we have fought with those issues onstage, with our in-ears not getting a good enough clean mix, and I think getting a direct feed from the Kemper that’s been dialled in for us has definitely improved us. For David [Draiman], having to sing and hearing the key and being on pitch a lot more accurately, and not struggling from the tone, the Kemper is giving him such a clean signal. We have fought with [stage noise] over the years. The in-ears is what saved us. When we were trying to adapt and get used to it, it was a bit of struggle, when you are used to old-school, amps-as-loud-as- can-be. With floor monitors, me and John [Moyer, bass] are fighting over volume onstage and then David is struggling to even hear himself and then he’s blowing out his voice because me and John are blasting. Now our stage volume is so quiet. It’s great. We are having no live cabinets onstage which makes it a whole lot easier for David. We’re not getting any of the bleed through that.
you can see the amp on his rig in this tweet more
you can see the amp on his rig in this tweet
At 3:22, the amp can be seen behind Dan when he's playing. He talks about thi... more
At 3:22, the amp can be seen behind Dan when he's playing. He talks about this amplifier in the 2011 Guitar World interview.
So when we were making [2005’s] 10,000 Fists, a couple of their technicians came to the studio along with [producer] Johnny K and we really developed the amp there in the studio. We were taking what they had already built and expanding upon it, so it was really a combination between a Mesa/Boogie and a Bogner Ecstasy head. Those were two of my favorite heads I was using in the studio a lot. And we tried to get the best of both worlds, combining both tones. It was a great opportunity because we had a lot of smart, talented guys to help develop this and I got a great head out of it.
at 4:19, the amp is behind him more
at 4:19, the amp is behind him
at 0:59, the picture shows dan with this amp more
at 0:59, the picture shows dan with this amp
at 0:59, you can see this cabinet more
at 0:59, you can see this cabinet
at 1:10, this cabinet can be seen more
at 1:10, this cabinet can be seen