Elmwood Modena M20 head
Elmwood Modena M20 head

As it is only January, I cannot claim that this list is definitive. However, here are some of the things I’ll be looking at more closely this year. Whether I buy them or not is another matter….

Rack

  • 10U or 12U shockmount rack case – definitely need this if I’m going to expand my existing rack rig
  • ProStage Rack Wah – this is on its way to me as I write, traded for my Providence Chrono Delay

Studio

  • Heil PR-30 microphone – this perhaps a bit more than I would want to spend on a mic, but it gets reviews.
  • Sennheiser e906 instrument microphone – a cheaper alternative to the Heil PR-30. What’s quite cool about this one is that it can hung over the front of a guitar cabinet.

Guitars

Nothing special on the horizon, but if the right used Les Paul Custom (Ebony or Alpine White) comes along, temptation levels will be unbearable.

I still, of course, have a hankering after an ESP Eclipse Full Thickness, but I wasn’t that impressed with the one I played in Hong Kong recently. At the moment, I’m more interested in Les Paul Customs.

Amplifiers

The Elmwood Modena 20 head is on my “must have” list. though I will need to sell some existing gear to fund it.

Effects, Pedals, etc

  • Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe – yep, the big chunky one which takes up half a pedalboard. In my opinion it is better than the simplified Voodoo Vibe Junior, and I wish I hadn’t sold the VV I used to own in 2003. This pedal was a huge part of my sound in the late nineties and early 2000’s and I miss it terribly.
  • Chorus – I need a basic, but good, chorus pedal. A number of options present themselves, including the MXR Zakk Wylde chorus and the TC Electronic Dreamscape
  • Wah – both the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix CryBaby and their Zakk Wylde Crybaby seem right up my street. Do I need another wah? No! Update: Just bought a Dunlop Zakk Wylde wah! Review to follow…

Modeller

kemper profiler rack
Part of me really wants to dump all this heavy guitar amp and cabinets stuff and go for an Axe-FX or Kemper. The new Kemper rack is fuelling the GAS, but the cost of entry into a high quality modeller and FRFR monitor/amp is pretty high. True, about the same costs as a new Mesa Boogie and a 4×12, but that’s still a lot of cash. In the meantime, I am eagerly awaiting reviews and user comments about the Kemper rack system in a live performance environment. If these are positive, I expect I’ll take the leap.

To be continued…

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