Foo Fighters

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Dave Grohl

circa 2000

(from GuitarGeek)

  • Guitars: 1970s Gibson Explorer (white, standard tuning), 1980s Gibson Explorer (black, drop-d), 1980s Gibson SG Standard (white, drop-a)
  • Pedals/Effects: Boss TU-2, Boss DM-2, MXR Phase 90, Whirlwind A/B/Y, Jester Enterprises Tube Splitter
  • Amps: two 2x12 Vox AC30 combos (clean), two Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifiers w/ Mesa/Boogie 4x12 cabs (dirty)

circa 2006

(from interview with Acoustic Guitar magazine)

  • Electrics: Four black Gibson Firebird Studio models (for the road); ’80s Gibson Les Paul Standard and Gibson Trini Lopez for studio sessions (among others)
    • Strings: D’Addario EXL115 sets (for electrics in standard tuning), and “whatever brand we can get in gauges .011, .013 or .014 (for the 2nd string), .028, .038, .042, and .060” (for electrics in dropped tunings)
    • Amplification: Mesa/Boogie Road King head and two 4x12 cabs (for electric songs on tour); Boogie Lone Star 1x12 combo, Hiwatt combos and half-stacks, small Orange combo, 1972 Fender Twin, ’50s tweed Fender, and Budda combo (for electric playing in the studio); Shure U4D wireless system.
    • Effects: MXR Phase 90, Boss DD-2 digital delay, Boss TU-2 tuner.
    • Other: Dunlop Gator Grip .70 mm picks
  • Acoustics: two Taylor 814ce flattops, two Taylor 612ce flattops (live)
    • Strings: D’Addario EXP strings (.012 or .013 sets)
    • Amplification: Taylor Expression System (“We may use Ampeg SVTDI or Demeter Dis for the acoustic dates," says guitar tech Joe Bebe); Shure U4D wireless system
    • Other: Dunlop Gator Grip .70 mm picks

circa 2007

  • Guitars: Gibson DG-335 Signature, Gibson Firebird Studio, Gibson Flying V, Gibson SG, Gibson SG Custom, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gretsch Duo Jet, Ampeg Dan Armstrong, Fender Deluxe Telecaster, Gibson Explorer, Gibson RD Artist, Gibson Marauder, Washburn Dimebag Guitar, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone Riviera, Robin Savoy Standard, Gibson Elvis acoustic, Martin D-28, Taylor 814ce and 612ce flattops
  • Amps: Mesa/Boogie Road King (replaced the Vox/Dual rectifier setup in 2009), Fender amps (Tonemaster?), Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Head, Vox AC30/6TB Top Boost Combo Reissue 2x12
  • Cabs: Mesa/Boogie 4x12 cabs
  • Effects: Boss DM-2, Boss DD-3, Boss TU-2, MXR Phase 90, Whirlwind A/B, ProCo Rat, Dunlop Univibe, EHX Memory Man, EHX Q-Tron, Dunlop Heil Talkbox, Keeley Katana, Shure Guitar Wireless UHF-R
  • Other: D'Addario EXL115 strings (with .42 for the A-string and a .60 for the E-string), Dunlop Gator Grip .70mm picks

Pat Smear

circa 2011

  • Guitars: large collection of Hagstrom guitars (Hagstrom website: "Pat has an abundance Hagstroms at home including Swedes, Super Swedes, Hagstrom III, and more, and he is recognized as having one of the largest vintage collection of Hagstrom guitars in the USA"), double neck Gibson SG (white, seen in 2010 studio pic), Taylor acoustic guitar, Hagstrom Viking Deluxe and a Hagstom HL-550 (on Foo Fighters acoustic tour),
  • Amps/Cabs: Peavey 6505+ amplifier head (black, 2011), Peavey 2x12 6505 cabinet (black, 2011), Mesa amps and cabs, Marshall 4x12 cab (slant)
  • Effects: MG Music Lexotone pedal (fuzz/octave), EHX Nano Neo Clone, Boss TR-2, Boss TU-3

Chris Shiflett

circa 2000

  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty (in drop D), Gibson Les Paul Custom (in white, standard tuning) > Boss TU-2 > Boss DD-3 > Boss BF-2 > ProCo Rat II > Dunlop CryBaby > Boss CH-1 > Whirlwind A/B box > Savage Blitz 2x12 combo w/ 12" Celestion Vintage 30s (clean), Marshall JMP w/ two 4x12 Mesa Boogie cabs (dirty)

circa 2008/09

  • Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gibson '57 Les Paul Goldtop reissue, Gibson Les Paul Junior reissue, Gibson ES-335, Gibson Firebird, Fender Telecaster (black), Gretsch Brian Setzer Black Phoenix, Gretsch 1959 Nashville, Gibson ES-135, Gibson ES-347, Gibson SG Custom
  • Amps: Mesa/Boogie Road King, Marshall JMP 50-watt amplifier head, Fender Super Reverb, Savage Blitz 50W 2x12 combo
  • Effects: Korg DT10 tuner > Ernie Ball volume > Line 6 DL4 > MXR EVH Phase 90 > MXR EVH Flanger > Boss Dynamic Wah > Lehle Dual Amp Switcher (with a ProCo Rat II, and maybe a DD-3, believed to be somewhere in there)
  • Other: D'Addario .011 strings, Furman Power Conditioner

Nate Mendel

circa 2000

  • Fender Jazz Bass (in drop D), Fender P-Bass > pedals: > Retrospect Squeezebox compressor > Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive > rack: > Korg DTR-1 tuner > Peavey Max Bass Preamp > two Peavey DPC1400X power amps > four Peavey 4x10 TVX cabs

circa 2008

  • Basses: two Lakland Bob Glaub Signatures, two custom Fender P-Basses (w/ Leo Quan Badass II bridges), Fender P-Bass (red w/ black pickguard), Gibson Grabber ("Best of Me")
  • Amps: Ashdown ABM 900 EVO II > two Ashdown 8x10 cabinets
  • Effects: Line 6 Bass PODxt Pro (rack), Fulltone Bass-Drive, Boss GEB-7, Boss TU-2/3
  • Other: GHS Bass Boomers (.045–.105), .84mm picks, Shure UHF-R Wireless

Taylor Hawkins

circa 2010

  • Drums: Gretsch USA Custom kit: 16x24" kick, 6x5x14" brass black-lacquered snare, 5x8", 6.5x10" and 11x13" rack toms, 14x16" and 16x18" floor toms; 14" Remo Rototom
  • Cymbals: Zildjian cymbals: 15" New Beat hats, two 18" Custom crashes, 22" Rock ride, 20" A Custom crash, 20" A Custom EFX cymbal, and according to the Zildjian site, a 21" K Brilliant Crash Ride
    • The Zildjian site shows Taylor also has used: 21" K Brilliant Crash Ride, 22" A Custom Ride, 19" A Custom Crash, 15" A New Beat hi-hats
  • Percussion: LP cowbell, LP wood block
  • Other: Remo Coated Emperors, Remo Emperor X (on the snare), Gibraltar hardware, DW hi-hat stand, DW 9000 kick pedal, Zildjian Taylor Hawkins signature series 5B drumsticks
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