GEAR REPORT: Rig Rundown w/Living Colour's Vernon Reid...

Premier Guitar's Rebecca Dirks catches up with Living Colours' Vernon Reid at Park West in Chicago, IL, where she discusses the killer set-up used by Reid for his live dates during their 2013 U.S. tour.

Vernon Reid's Guitar:
  Vernon relies on a Parker "Vernon Reid Signature MaxxFly," with EMG SAX neck and middle pickups and an EMG 81X bridge pickup, along with a Roland CK-kit-GT3 MIDI pickup and Floyd Rose tremolo. He strings up with D'Addario Jazz Rock .011 - .049, (same strings that I use),  and he uses all sorts of picks (a self-proclaimed "plectrum fetishist") as another way to play around with his tone.

Vernon's Signal Processing: 
 Vernon uses mainly a Roland VG-99 (the brains of the setup) into two Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifiers in stereo. The signal goes from the Parker's hex pickup to the VG-99 to a DOD Passive Mixer, which splits the direct guitar out from the VG-99 to a Zoom G3 (used for auto wah), a laptop with Guitar Rig Mobile Interface with programmed sounds controlled by a Roland FC-300 and Ableton Live controlled by a Keith McMillan SoftStep, Line 6 M9 (for modulation), and Eventide H9 with expression pedal, all running through a Mesa/Boogie Lonestar combo. It also goes through an iRig interface to iPad with Amplitube and Live FX and a Roland GR-20 that runs direct to the house. All the signal processors are parallel to each other, blended in and out with expression pedals.

Doug Wimbish's Bass Rig is also discussed...
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