How Much Guitar Gear Do You Need? Mick's Vlog

Published 11 March 2021

Mick is wondering how happy he could be with the bare minimum of guitars, amps and pedals. Erm…

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! I was recently introduced to Keith Williams from Five Watt World – please check out his awesome YouTube channel here:

Keith’s core philosophy is ‘The Most Music From The Least Gear’ and there is something just so beautifully balanced and right about it. How far you want to take that philosophy is entirely another matter of course, so in this video I work through my own thought process on the subject, based on the things I really love about sounds and playing. I take in some of my favourite textures and combinations along the way, before playing a track at the end to provide some musical context.

Please enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode (signal order info below)…

• Schmidt Array SA525 pedalboard

• Dan Drive Secret Machine
Find Dan on Facebook and Instagram

• Mythos Argo Octave Fuzz
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808 (Keeley plus mod)
No longer available

• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive
Mainly available used. Also find Bill Finnegan on eBay

• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk
UK & Europe:

• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II
UK & Europe: Try the Micro Vent too,

• Free The Tone Future Factory FF-1Y RF Phase Modulated Delay
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3 Atom

* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here:

• Signal order for the final board:
Fuzz, octave, TS808, Klon, split…
Harmonious Monk, then Vent, both to Hot Rod Deluxe only…
Delay and reverb stereo to both amps
(Fuzz, octave, TS808 and Klon also hit both amps)
TheGigRig G3 Atom takes care of all signal routing, splits wet/dry/parallel and stereo
Fuzz and octave are outside of G3, before loop 1. TS808 is loop 1, Klon loop 2, Monk in 3, Vent in 4, delay in 5, reverb in 6.

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Eh, Keith Williams?: 00:00
- Most music, least gear?: 00:58
- Motivational statements: 01:53
- What does my rig need to do?: 02:25
- One pickup, five watts and the truth?: 03:08
- A more realistic rig?: 04:20
- Strat, cable, Hot Rod Deluxe?: 05:03
- Blues Jr or ’65 Deluxe Reverb?: 06:04
- Just one guitar?: 06:40
- ES-335, Hot Rod Deluxe: 07:33
- Just one OD pedal?: 08:15
- TS808 sounds: 08:39
- Klon sounds: 09:19
- Secret Machine sounds: 10:18
- Real guitar players don’t use pedals: 10:50
- Some core delay tones: 11:19
- I NEED WOBBLE: 12:42
- Erm, octave?: 13:50
- More reverb?: 14:40
- Oh no… wet-dry and a switcher?: 16:08
- Nobody needs this stuff: 17:50
- Offended? Let me tell you a story?: 18:23
- This is my journey, not yours: 20:05
- The best guitar sounds?: 21:25
- Let’s try some music then?: 22:30

Guitars in this episode:
• c2016 Supro Jamesport – no video
• 2001 Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:
• 2017 Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 – Mick’s video here:

Amps in this episode
• Marshall Class 5 1x10 combo
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 1x12 combo
• Supro Black Magick 1x12 combo

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