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   LUNARIS GEAR PRESENTATION (GUITAR)
When I was asked to write about the gear I use, I wish they had asked me 6-7 years ago when I was much more of a tech freak than I am now. My attitude has changed more towards simpler set-ups that give me the few sounds I need and nothing else. While I often subscribe to the less is more mentality, I defiantly stick to the fact that less is less in this case, and thatís all I want.

guitar I switched to 7-string guitars shortly after I started Lunaris, so about 4 years ago. I really fell in love with it right away, as Iíve always preferred wide necks with these lumberjack-sized hands of mine. Itís actually only recently that I started picking up the 6-string again. I looked at a lot of different guitars, but Iíve always been drawn to Ibanez guitars, and this was to be no exception. My axe of choice ended up being the RG7620. As Ibanez was my preferred choice, the rg7620 was the only other alternative to Vai's Universe (which is way overpriced imo) at the time when I got mine. I tried a custom Schecter 7-string that was very good, but at almost $4000, it was not really in my price range. I had to do some slight modifications to it to it to make it fit my particular style of playing. Since I was constantly bumping into the volume knob and actually turning it down while I played, it has been moved down to where the tone knob is and the tone knob itself has been tucked away inside the guitar since I never use it anyway.

pre-amp The pre-amp I use is a Rocktron Chameleon. Not the newest on the market, and certainly not the best. But, this is one of the few preamps that can actually handle a 7 string without losing definition becoming muddy. I only use three settings here, and they are all slightly modified factory presets. The Chameleon is controlled by a Behringer FCB1010 midi foot controller. This pedal is slightly overkill for my needs, but I really like the layout and the feel. Itís not exactly an expensive piece of kit. Next in the signal chain is an Alesis 3630 Stereo compressor and gate. pedalAgain, fairly simple and not too expensive, but it does the job of evening out a bit of the dynamic range of the 7 string. I also use the gate in it instead of Rocktronís HUSH system, which Iím not a too big fan of. The 3630 helps boost the signal a bit before going to the power amp. Iím in not dissing tube-amps in any way, but I have yet to find an affordable one that will work well with the 7-string and give me the tight controllable amplification (the mesa triple rectifier is an amazing amp, but with a price tag and weight that just doesnít justify it imo). For this reason I hunted down an old Marshall 8008 Valvstate power amp. Itís no longer in production unfortunately, ampbut you can get them for practically nothing on the used market. Itís nothing fancy, but Iíve always found that Marshallís Valvestate technology has provided a very tight compressed amplification that works perfectly with the style of playing I use in Lunaris. The signal is then finally cranked out through a KMD 4x12Ē closed- back cabinet. The speakers are Eminence speakers I believeÖ been a while since I opened it. The whole chain is run in mono, as I have no specific stereo effects in my sound.

So thatís basically itÖ nothing fancy, no secrets. It could have been way more complex, and I guess it could also have been a bit simpler, but Iíve found something here that works for me. The key, Iíve found, is often to work with the stuff you have instead jumping from gadget to gadget to find some miracle box that will cure all your sound problems.

Happy playing
M

submitted by Miko 25.05.2003

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