The Decemberists

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Colin Meloy

circa 2007 - 2009

  • Guitars: Martin 000-17S acoustic, Gibson J-200 Montana Gold custom acoustic, Gibson J-185 12-string acoustic, vintage Goya nylon-string acoustic, Epiphone Dot electric, Les Paul Standard goldtop (smashed in 2007), Gretsch hollowbody electric, Guild 12-string electric, custom Ark New Era acoustic
  • Pedals: (circa 2011) Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+, Ibanez TS9, Lehle 1@3, Whirlwind Multi Selector FS, Boss TU-2, two Boss digital delays
  • Amplification: L.R. Baggs Element (Martin 000-17S), K&K pickup (Gibsons), acoustics straight through switcher pedals to DI, electrics (reportedly) go to Dr. Z combo amp
  • Other: D’Addario light-gauge strings (acoustic), D’Addario .011–.049 strings (electric)

Nate Query

circa 2007 - 2011

  • Basses: Lakland Joe Osborne Signature electric, "Samuel Shen e Willow" upright (live), Baranyai Gyorgy upright (studio)
  • Effects: Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI (electric), Fishman Pro-EQ Platinum Bass (upright), Roger Meyer Voodoo-Bass distortion, EHX Bass Micro Synthesizer, Radial J48 DI (for upright, circa 2007)
  • Amps: two Aguilar AG 500 heads (one for electric bass, one for upright/cello) into Aguilar GS 212 2x12 cabinet and Aguilar GS 410 4x10 cabinet
  • Other: Lakland Joe Osborne flatwound strings (electric), D’Addario Helicore strings (upright)

Chris Funk

circa 2007 - 2009

  • Guitars/Etc.: Gibson SG Standard, Gibson squareneck dobro, Reverend Club King 290, Sierra Session S-10 pedal steel, Phantom Teardrop 12-string, custom Ark New Era acoustic, Michael Kelly Legacy mandolin, Michael Kelly mandola, Gold Tone banjo, Gold Tone Weissenborn copy, custom Olympic hurdy-gurdy, Eastwood Sidejack Baritone, Eastwood Classic 12, Eastwood Messenger hollowbody electric, Phantom Mando Guitar 12-string
  • Amps: Dr. Z amps and cabs, Orange amps and cabs (including an AD30HTC head), Carr amps (including a Mercury), Fuchs amps (including a Black Jack 21 head), Peavey Nashville combo (for pedal steel), THD amps (30w and 50w heads in studio), Sunn cabs, Fender Twin
  • Pedals: Line 6 pedals (DL4, MM4), Boss pedals (tuner, Keeley-modded comp), EHX pedals (Micro Synth, Big Muff, Holy Grail, phasers, and others), Koln distortion, Keeley-modded ProCo Rat, AC Booster, Dunlop Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Source Audio Hot Hand Wah Filter
  • Other: K&K pickups

Jenny Conlee

circa 2007 - 2010

  • Instruments: Petosa Futura accordion (among others), Hammond B3 organ (w/ Leslie 122), Nord Stage Piano, EMS suitcase pump organ, Yamaha CP33 keyboard, Moog Little Phatty synth, marching band concert glockenspiel

John Moen

  • Drums: (circa March 2011) "I’d been playing an old Gretsch kit with smaller sizes for a long time. I decided I wanted to a get a late ’60s Ludwig, with a 22" bass drum and a 16" floor tom. I wanted to get a little wonkier sound. We tried to approach the music more as a band than as individual parts constructed in the studio. We really tried to do that as a group."
  • Cymbals: (circa May 2011) Paiste cymbals: 15" Giant Beat Hi-Hat, 18" Signature Fast Crash, 20" Formula 602 Medium Ride, 20" Giant Beat Crash/Ride
  • Other: (circa 2008) SilverFox sticks


Flickr photos: Guitar and amps, guitars, various gear, someone's pedalboard from the worst view possible, various amps, Chris's guitar and various gear, Colin and various gear

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