I'm often approached by guitarists in attendance of one of my concerts, raving about the quality of my guitar sound and wanting to know what gear I'm using. They obviously see the Marshall amp, but here's the thing... the amp isn't mic'd. It's there for stage volume only and there's a separate line coming from my pedalboard into the Marshall. What you are hearing when you attend a Chicago Rewired or REO Survivor concert is a carefully crafted sound beginning with the pickups on guitars and routed into the ADA analog pre-amp on my pedalboard. My wah pedal, compressor and phazer are in fromt of the pre-amp and my Dreamscape pedal, delay and reverb are in the effects loop of my pre-amp which flows through the ADA cabinet simulator and straight into the house system. If the front of house sound engineer knows his stuff, he will take the signal that I give him and put the icing on the cake in the form of a finely sculpted guitar sound perfect for the venue. He's not competing with my amp because the house sound system is my AMP!! Yeah there's the Marshall but unless you're standing directly in front of it, you're not hearing it. 

So whether you're listening to one of my albums or catching me live, I've listed below some links to the the gear I use or gadgets that closely resemble some pieces that aren't readily available. In addition, my love of ESP guitars is growing and you will see me using them more and more in the future, in particular the ones shown below.

My Pedalboard I call "The Nerve Center" routed as follows:
Vox Wah Pedal - Ibanez CP1 Compressor - 
TC Electronics Bloodmoon Phaser - 
ADA APP-1 Pedal PreAmp with effects loop - 
In the Loop: 
TC Electronics Dreamscape Pedal - 
TC Electronics Flashback Delay Pedal - 
TC Electronics Hall Of Fame Reverb Pedal - 
ADA GCS-1 Cabinet Simulator - 
SKB Footnote Pedalboard with built in 6 watt power amp, Eminence Loudspeaker and cable tester.

My Pedalboard I call "The Nerve Center" routed as follows: Vox Wah Pedal - Ibanez CP1 Compressor - TC Electronics Bloodmoon Phaser - ADA APP-1 Pedal PreAmp with effects loop - In the Loop: TC Electronics Dreamscape Pedal - TC Electronics Flashback Delay Pedal - TC Electronics Hall Of Fame Reverb Pedal - ADA GCS-1 Cabinet Simulator - SKB Footnote Pedalboard with built in 6 watt power amp, Eminence Loudspeaker and cable tester.

Fireball and Crazy Diamond

Fireball and Crazy Diamond

My Home Studio

My Home Studio

1997 Fender Big Apple Strat named "Crazy Diamond".

1997 Fender Big Apple Strat named "Crazy Diamond".

ESP-LTD Mh327 27 Fret

ESP-LTD Mh327 27 Fret

!995 Fender American Standard Strat named "Fireball".

!995 Fender American Standard Strat named "Fireball".