Solid State Hate Part 2 – Famous Solid State Tones

Sunday, October 4, 2009| by Will Chen

Acoustic

  • Model 134 - Pat Metheny (1974 – 1994)
  • Model 260
    • Robbie Krieger (the Doors)
    • Albert King
    • Chuck Berry
  • Model 270
    • Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
    • Frank Zappa
    • Ernie Isley (Clean Sounds)

Award-Session

  • Sessionette:75
    • Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)
    • Mike Rutherford (Genesis in the 80’s)
  • Rockette:30 - Eric Clapton (August)

BlueTone

  • Pro 30M
    • Pete Townshend (circa 2004, endorsed)
    • John Jorgenson (The Hellacasters circa 2004, endorsed)

Carlsbro

  • Stingray Professional - Andy Gill (Early Gang of Four)
  • Bill Nelson

Crate

  • GX-130C - Jack Oven (Cannibal Corpse – Vile and Bleeding)
  • Shockwave GT3500H - Kirk Windstein (Crowbar)

Evans

  • Unknown model - John Abercrombie

Fender

  • Super Showman - Jan Akkerman (Focus)
  • Roc Pro 1000 - Yngwie Malmsteen (boosted with TS9 for convention and clinic use, reported shot an instructional video using one)
  • Studio 85 - Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
  • Jazzmaster Ultralight - Nori Bucci

Gallien Krueger

  • GMT 226A - Santana (’69 Woodstock – with prototype EH Big Muff)
  • 260ML - Dave Murray and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time)
  • 2000CPL
    • Alex Lifeson (Rush – Hold Your Fire, Presto, A Show of Hands)
    • Dave Murray and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son)
  • Unknown Model - Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman (Megadeth-late 80’s Unconfirmed)

H&H Electronics

  • I/C 100
    • Steve Hackett (70’s Genesis)
    • Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
    • Marc Bolan (T Rex)
  • Unknown Power Amp - Eddie Van Halen (early career)

Henriksen 

  • Jazz Amp
    • Larry Coryell
    • Jimmy Bruno
    • Jim Hall
    • Joe Diorio

Jazzkat

  • John Pizzarelli
  • Sheryl Bailey

Jordan

  • Unknown Models
    • Mamas and Papas
    • Yardbirds
    • Robbie Krieger (The Doors)

Kustom

  • Unknown Models
    • Jackson Five (live)
    • Johnny Cash
  • K200
    • John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    • Jeff Beck (Jeff Beck Group ’69 US Tour)

Marshall

  • Valvestate 8100 (Hybrid)
    • Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
    • Jay Yuenger (White Zombie)
    • Tommy Victor (Prong)
  • MG100HDFX - Wayne Static (Static X)
  • MF-350 Mode Four (Hybrid)
    • John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie)
    • Daron Malakian (System of a Down)
    • Alex Scolnick (Testament - 2008 Tour)
    • Dave Navarro
    • Bloodhound Gang
  • Lead 12 - Billy Gibbons (My Head’s in Mississippi)

Norlin (Gibson/Moog)

  • Lab Series L5/L7
    • Ty Tabor (King’s X –  Out of the Silent Planet, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, Faith Hope Love, King’s X)
    • Alan Holdsworth (I.O.U. era)
    • BB King
    • Ronnie Montrose
    • Elliot Easton (Cars)
    • Andy Gill (Latter Gang of Four)

Pearce

  • Unknown Models (per the Pearce G3 brochure c. 1992)
    • John Abercrombie
    • Reb Beach
    • Allan Holdsworth
    • Stanley Jordan
    • Phil Keaggy
    • Ronnie Montrose
    • Vernon Reid
    • Ricky Skaggs
    • Mike Stern
    • Andy Summers
    • Joey Santiago (Pixies in the 90's)

Peavey

  • Special 100 - Luther Dickenson (North Mississippi Allstars, the Black Crowes – on rare occasions. Per a 2004 interview, it’s his favorite Peavey amp.)
  • Nashville 400 - Redd Volkaert
  • Wiggy - Dweezil Zappa (Endorsed - signature amp)
  • Bandit
    • Pat Buchanan (Teal Stripe, Endorsed cicra 1990)
    • Colin James (Teal Stripe, Endorsed cicra 1990)
    • Billy Flynn (Unknown model)
    • Daisy Berkowitz (rumored on first Marilyn Manson album)
    • Joey Santiago (Pixies, in the late 80's pre transtube model)

Pignose

  • 7-100 - Frank Zappa (Studio)

Polytone

  • Mini-Bruite V - George Benson (Breezin’)
  • Unknown Model
    • Joe Pass
    • Jim Hall

Rickenbacker

  • Transonic
    • Jeff Beck (1968 Jeff beck Group US tour)
    • Steppenwolf (endorsed)
    • Jimmy Page (1st Led Zeppelin American Tour in 1969, rumored to be used on the session for Heartbreaker) 

Roland

  • JC-120
    • James Hetfield (Metallica - clean tone since 1988 One, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, etc)
    • Andy Summers (Police – He denies usage though there have been numerous live photos of him using the amp)
    • Robert Smith (The Cure)
    • Roger McGuinn (Byrds)
    • Zack Wylde (clean tones)
    • Adrian Belew (early King Crimson)
    • Bradley Nowell (Sublime – clean tones)
    • Will Sergeant (Echo & The Bunnymen)
    • Steve Rothery (Marillion – with a DS-1 for leads)
    • David Lindley (live)
    • Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar)
    • Pat Martino
    • Larry Coryell
    • The Edge (1983 US Festival bi-amped or slaved to/with an VOX AC30)
    • Wes Borland (Limp Biscuit – clean tones)
    • Gurrg (Mudvayne – clean tones)

Randall

  • RG100ES
    • “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (Pantera 80’s)
    • George Lynch (Dokken - 80’s endorsee)
  • Century 200
    • Jay Yuenger (White Zombie)
    • “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (Pantera 90’s)
  • Cyclone - John Connolly (Sevendust)
  • Warhead - “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (first Damageplan album)

Scholz Research & Development

  • Rockman
    • Tom Scholz (Boston)
    • Joe Satriani (Surfing With the Alien, rumored to be used as a preamp into a clean Marshall)
    • Phil Collen (Def Leppard – Hysteria)

Standel

  • Super Custom XV - Wes Montgomery
  • Super Imperial - Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow)

Sunn

  • Orion - The Who (Magic Bus)
  • Beta Lead
    • Adam Jones (Tool – Lateralus biamped with tube amps)
    • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana – Bleach Tour)
    • King Buzzo (The Melvins)

Tech 21

  • PSA 1 - Henkka T. Blacksmith,  Alexi Laiho, Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom)
  • Trademark 60
    • Les Paul (stage amp)
    • Alex Scolnick (Alex Scolnick Trio – current stage amp)
    • Sheryl Bailey (The Sheryl Bailey 3 – recording amp)
    • Courtney Taylor (Dandy Warhols)
    • David Hidalgo (Los Lobos - used live on occasion)
  • Sansamp - Greg Ginn (Black Flag – straight to PA)

Triumph

  • Silicon 100 - Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed, Beggar’s Banquet, Rock’n’Roll Circus)

VOX

  • AC30SS
    • Queen (uncomfirmed)
    • Status Quo (70’s)
  • Super Beatle
    • The Beatles (1966 US Tour)
    • The Who (1967 US Tour)
    • Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)
    • Tom Petty
  • Conqueror/Defiant
    • The Beatles (Sgt. Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour)
    • Rolling Stones (Rock’n’Roll Circus)
  • Pathfinder 15r
    • Feist
    • Nora Jones

Yahmaha

  • G-100
    • Mike Stern
    • Jack Pearson
    • Robben Ford (early career)

ZT Amplifiers

Full list of ZT Artists Available here

  • Lunchbox
    • Billy Gibbons (live VH1 Storytellers)
    • Will Sergeant
  • The Club
    • Andy Summers
    • Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio - David Letterman performance)

Sources and Further reading


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