Simon McBride – Playing With Deep Purple, Awesome New Pedalboard, Engl Amp & More!
Published 15 Sep 2023
Simon drops in to collect his new pedalboard and treat us to some jaw-dropping playing
Welcome to the show! It’s a treat to welcome back an old mate, Simon McBride to the studio. He has (relatively) recently taken on one of the biggest gigs in rock as the guitar player in none other than Deep Purple!
In this show we talk through Simon’s Purple experience and take a walk through the pedalboard he’ll be using for the next big tour with the band. As ever, Simon’s incredibly melodic and mercurial playing is equal parts inspiring and astounding, so sit back and enjoy the stories and tones.
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Pedals & stuff in this episode
• Shure GLXD6+
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3ZgnaVZ
• Digitech Whammy Ricochet
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3YZJfq3
• Boss SL-2 Slicer
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3TY18TO
• Vahlbruch Octavia
• Boss OC-5 Octave
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/45OCAmV
• JAM Pedals Retrovibe
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/36PhBkN
• JAM Pedals Waterfall
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/2MifNem
• JAM Pedals Boomster
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3qOFdWt
• Boss BF-3 Flanger
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/462UIsW
• MXR ’74 Phase 90
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/2mcZUYI
• TC Electronics Plethora X3
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3LmwC4G
• Boss SDE-3000D
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3sQ2h83
• Boss RE-202
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3vngN5W
• TheGigRig G3
Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:45 Hello & welcome
2:40 Two rigs?!
4:00 How the Deep Purple gig happened
8:20 Following Blackmore, Morse et al
13:40 Standing next to Don Airey
15:10 Six 4x12 cabs?
17:00 Richie & Jon left & right?
22:30 Simon’s new board story
24:50 New Engl amp
28:05 No overdrive pedals - core tones
29:40 Today’s guitar?
33:25 Signal path explanation
38:45 A quick listen to the main pedals
42:15 Phaser pre and post preamp
46:00 Richie didn’t use all those pedals…
47:15 Why the Boss Slicer?
51:20 The volume in huge venues?
55:45 Boss SDE-3000D Delay
58:40 Boss RE-202 Space Echo
1:02:57 How DO you play Smoke On The Water?
1:06:18 Why not a Strat?
1:07:50 Digitech Whammy Ricochet?
1:12:15 Try the new PRS NF53?
1:14:50 Try Dan’s Red Tele?
1:16:58 Some core tones from the rig
1:22:35 Simon plays us out
Guitars in this episode
• PRS 35th Anniversary Custom 24
• PRS NF53 White Doghair
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here: https://youtu.be/qfLs2rAWYEU?si=4uj60OlATMAfbZHs
Amps in this episode
• ENGL E651 Artist Edition 100
• Marshall 1960Ax 412 with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Mesa Boogie 50/50 stereo power amp
No longer made
• Zilla Custom 412 with 2 x Jensen Raptor 100 and 2 x Celestion V30 speakers
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