GUITAR, GUITAR GUITAR! - EQUIPMENT OVERVIEW!

Hi All! 

Colin here. Hope you are all well. I've put together a quick run through of all guitars/amps/effects used on the Citipointe Live albums to date, more specifically the album "Holy Ground". See what you think

  1974 Fender Stratocaster Joel played this guitar and has played it over a few tours now. This guitar sounds great but feels even better. Just one of those necks that feels 100% right.  Fender Telecaster (US) Chris played this on the night for a couple of songs and was used quite a lot in overdubs. Just a classic Tele single soil sound.  1980 Gibson SG Aaron played this guitar on the night. Borrowed from my guitar collector friend (who's name is Michael by the way). As good as it sounds, I thought it looked even better hahaha. On account of it's vintage and the fact that it hadn't been played in a while, Aaron had a LOT of trouble with the volume pots...very dirty, making ambient swells very stressful! Cozart Tele/mandolin hybrid The song 'surrender' was a very last minute inclusion on the album "Holy Ground". I'm talking second last practice..."maybe we should do surrender" GASP. I borrowed this bizarre looking instrument from a guitar collector friend. We were desperately searching for a strong vision arrangement wise and I think this guitar helped. Probably not a great guitar or mandolin, but it got the job done :) Fender Jaguar (US) This is Chris's main guitar and he played it for the majority of the live set. Sounds good and he sure knows what he's doing holding it :) Gibson es 335 This is my favourite guitar and I used it for about 60% of the live set. I bought while Citipointe Live was in Seattle in 2010 and we've been in love ever since. Very versatile and just seems to sing with any amp/ pedals combination. Side note: Aaron wrote what turned into the song 'holy ground' while borrowing this guitar. Just an inspiring instrument. It's me and you forever baby (talking to 335)! 1964 Gretsch 6120 (Cadillac Green) Aaron played this guitar on the night. I initially thought I might use it, but it just didn't sound good with my amp/pedals. Aaron made it work for him very well though. Everything from the smell, to the spectacular finish, to the way it felt like it was going to turn into saw dust in your hands (fragile) just screamed 'very old guitar'.  Rickenbacker 360 Again, I borrowed this guitar from my friend Michael, but have since endeavoured to make this my next guitar acquisition. Really cool sound and feel. I used it a lot on the live recording night and was very reluctant to give it back! Duesenberg Starplayer We used this guitar a little in overdubs. A very popular guitar in church circles at the moment, but didn't see a great deal of action on this album. Gretsch Duojet This has been Aaron's go to guitar for ages. I guess he likes it a lot! He didn't played it on the live night but couldn't resist in overdubs. This guitar has seen a LOT of studio, concerts and countries over the years and I think it's got a lot more to go. Gibson les Paul Again, not used on the live night but used some in overdubs. Sometimes the only thing that will scratch that itch is a Les Paul... Amps We use a blend of amps, mics and pre amps in the studio,  but this is what we used on the night and generally in the studio. Fender Hot Rod Deville 410 This has been my pick of live amp for a while. Not as indie or boutique as it could be....but it's everything I want. Lots of clean head room, punchy, loud and obviously just a tone I appreciate. Fender Hot Rod Deluxe This is Joel's amp and it sounds unreal with his strat. He bought this and a fender blues deluxe at the same time. He sold the blues deluxe... Orange Rockerverb 100 I first used one of these as backline for a concert in Manila and was immediately sold. We used this quite a bit in overdubs, including a drive sound from the 'dirty' channel.   Orange AD 30 Cool amp. Not massively different to the Rockerverb 100 but good to have it as an option. Vox Night Train 15 I hadn't had much to do with these amps until recently,  but was very impressed. I think we used the 'triode' setting nearly exclusively. Contested nicely with its orange/fender counterparts.  I won't go into detail on effects used but I've listed them below: Overdrives Crowther Audio Hot Cake Ibanez Ts9 Maxon OD-9 Paul Cochrane Tim JHS Morning Glory  Delays Electro Harmonix Memory Man (tap tempo) Line 6 M13 Eventide Timefactor MXR Carbon Copy Boss DD-7 Reverbs Line 6 M13 Eventide Space Modulation (pitch shift/tremolo/flange/chorus/wah/filters) Electro Harmonix POG 2 Line 6 M13 Eventide Modfactor Compressors (stompbox) Mad Professor Forest Green Keeley 2 knob Keeley 4 knob  Hope that was insightful for anyone interested and I pray this finds you well! Blessings, Colin.    

 

1974 Fender Stratocaster
Joel played this guitar and has played it over a few tours now. This guitar sounds great but feels even better. Just one of those necks that feels 100% right. 

Fender Telecaster (US)
Chris played this on the night for a couple of songs and was used quite a lot in overdubs. Just a classic Tele single soil sound. 

1980 Gibson SG
Aaron played this guitar on the night. Borrowed from my guitar collector friend (who's name is Michael by the way). As good as it sounds, I thought it looked even better hahaha. On account of it's vintage and the fact that it hadn't been played in a while, Aaron had a LOT of trouble with the volume pots...very dirty, making ambient swells very stressful!

Cozart Tele/mandolin hybrid
The song 'surrender' was a very last minute inclusion on the album "Holy Ground". I'm talking second last practice..."maybe we should do surrender" GASP. I borrowed this bizarre looking instrument from a guitar collector friend. We were desperately searching for a strong vision arrangement wise and I think this guitar helped. Probably not a great guitar or mandolin, but it got the job done :)

Fender Jaguar (US)
This is Chris's main guitar and he played it for the majority of the live set. Sounds good and he sure knows what he's doing holding it :)

Gibson es 335
This is my favourite guitar and I used it for about 60% of the live set. I bought while Citipointe Live was in Seattle in 2010 and we've been in love ever since. Very versatile and just seems to sing with any amp/ pedals combination. Side note: Aaron wrote what turned into the song 'holy ground' while borrowing this guitar. Just an inspiring instrument. It's me and you forever baby (talking to 335)!

1964 Gretsch 6120 (Cadillac Green)
Aaron played this guitar on the night. I initially thought I might use it, but it just didn't sound good with my amp/pedals. Aaron made it work for him very well though. Everything from the smell, to the spectacular finish, to the way it felt like it was going to turn into saw dust in your hands (fragile) just screamed 'very old guitar'. 

Rickenbacker 360
Again, I borrowed this guitar from my friend Michael, but have since endeavoured to make this my next guitar acquisition. Really cool sound and feel. I used it a lot on the live recording night and was very reluctant to give it back!

Duesenberg Starplayer
We used this guitar a little in overdubs. A very popular guitar in church circles at the moment, but didn't see a great deal of action on this album.

Gretsch Duojet
This has been Aaron's go to guitar for ages. I guess he likes it a lot! He didn't played it on the live night but couldn't resist in overdubs. This guitar has seen a LOT of studio, concerts and countries over the years and I think it's got a lot more to go.

Gibson les Paul
Again, not used on the live night but used some in overdubs. Sometimes the only thing that will scratch that itch is a Les Paul...

Amps
We use a blend of amps, mics and pre amps in the studio,  but this is what we used on the night and generally in the studio.

Fender Hot Rod Deville 410
This has been my pick of live amp for a while. Not as indie or boutique as it could be....but it's everything I want. Lots of clean head room, punchy, loud and obviously just a tone I appreciate.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
This is Joel's amp and it sounds unreal with his strat. He bought this and a fender blues deluxe at the same time. He sold the blues deluxe...

Orange Rockerverb 100
I first used one of these as backline for a concert in Manila and was immediately sold. We used this quite a bit in overdubs, including a drive sound from the 'dirty' channel.
 
Orange AD 30
Cool amp. Not massively different to the Rockerverb 100 but good to have it as an option.

Vox Night Train 15
I hadn't had much to do with these amps until recently,  but was very impressed. I think we used the 'triode' setting nearly exclusively. Contested nicely with its orange/fender counterparts. 

I won't go into detail on effects used but I've listed them below:

Overdrives
Crowther Audio Hot Cake
Ibanez Ts9
Maxon OD-9
Paul Cochrane Tim
JHS Morning Glory 

Delays
Electro Harmonix Memory Man (tap tempo)
Line 6 M13
Eventide Timefactor
MXR Carbon Copy
Boss DD-7

Reverbs
Line 6 M13
Eventide Space

Modulation (pitch shift/tremolo/flange/chorus/wah/filters)
Electro Harmonix POG 2
Line 6 M13
Eventide Modfactor

Compressors (stompbox)
Mad Professor Forest Green
Keeley 2 knob
Keeley 4 knob 


Hope that was insightful for anyone interested and I pray this finds you well!

Blessings,

Colin.