Premier Guitar"s Chris Kies is on place at the at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL, wbelow he catches up through Green Day"s guitar and also bass techs prior to their spring 2013 99 Revolutions tour in support of their three latest albums,Uno,Dos, andTre".

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Billie Joe Armstrong"s GuitarsArmsolid brings a blended bag of new and old guitars on tour with him. The mass majority of them are Gibkid Les Paul Jr models, however the a lot of iconic guitar dating earlier to the early-90s is the super-strat coined Blue. The stickered axe is a Fernandes Stratocaster copy that he acquired for his birthday as soon as he was 11. Among the points BJA has changed on this axe was the bridge pickup, which he originally swapped out the stock single-coil for a Bill Lawrence humbucker, but inevitably deciding in the late "90s to go through a Seymour Dundeserve to SH-4 JB that is set at an EVH-inspired angle. In addition, the guitar"s pickup selector is locked in the bridge position and also the middle and also neck pickups are dislinked. Armstrong supplies Blue on mostly Eco-friendly Day"s earlier stuff choose "Basket Case," "Longsee," "Brain Stew," and also "Hitching" a Ride," so the guitar is tuned to Eb and also is strung with Ernie Ball Slinky .010--.046 strings (the rest of Armstrong"s guitars are tuned to E standard via .010s, too). Other go-to guitars Armsolid offers in the time of live performances has the repaired TV-yellow Gibchild Les Paul Jr doublecut that he busted throughout the Las Vegas I Heart Radio festival, and also a silver-sparkle signature Gibkid Les Paul Jr singlecut with a Seymour Dunhave the right to P-90 Antiquity in the bridge.


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From his collection of vintage Jrs, BJA"s carried a doublereduced "59 TV yellow version and a "55 babsence singlereduced both outfitted via a single P-90 in the bridge. New acquisitions to Armstrong"s touring arsenal are a Rickenbacker 330, modified via only one volume control, and a late "60s Martin GT-70 has a bolt-on neck and also original DeArmond pickups.

Billie Joe Armstrong"s Amps and EffectsHis 2 Marshall 100-watt 1959 SLP reconcern heads were modified by Martin Golub at L.A. Sound Design. The height head (Pete) has a crunch mod (a.ka. “Dookie” mod or Bradshaw acquire mod) and Meat (lower head) has Golub’s SE Lead mod, which adds an additional preamp tube for even more acquire. The two heads have actually been Armstrong"s got-to amps considering that even before their iconic "mud set" at Woodstock "94 performance. For his clean tone, BJA uses a rackmount Custom Audio Electronics 3+ SE guitar tube preamp. Both heads and the CAE 3+ SE run with two Marshall 1960B cabinets that are equipped with Celestion Vintage 30s.

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The Shure R4D+ wiremuch less devices go right into a RJM iS-8 enabling Buscher to switch between eight guitar inputs, which then splits off into either the CAE 3+ SE preamp or Marshall heads and the RJM RG-16 switcher and also MasterMind MIDI controller that connect the 4 major presets that Billie provides. The controller’s presets are Clean and also Mid (both settings bypass the Marshalls’ preamps in favor of a Custom Audio Electronics 3+ SE guitar tube preamp), Big (both Marshalls without the CAE preamp), and also Big Effect (which kicks in a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver pedal for solos). BJA does have a MXR Carbon Copy Delay that is offered for "Kill the DJ."

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Jason White"s GuitarsWhite"s main guitar is a "50s Gibchild Les Paul Jr doublereduced via two P-90s (and also a Gibson Les Paul goldpeak through P-90s as its backup) that White offers on rhythm duties, while his Gibkid Les Paul is offered on any type of of the band"s newer wbelow White takes lead guitar duty. For thin-and-jangly tones, White leans on his Silvertone for "Kill the DJ" and also "Stray Heart." For acoustic tones, he goes with among his 2 Gibkid ES-335s that are outfitted through a Fishmale piezo pickup via a Fishmale Aura preamp set to dreadnaught. For "90s material, White counts on his babsence Gibson Les Paul that is tuned to Eb.

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Jachild White"s Amps and also EffectsWhite supplies the same 100-watt Marshall heads through the same Dookie mod (top) and SE Lead mod (bottom), and favor Billie"s two-headed monster, White"s amps are constantly used in conjunction with each other for a complete, rich, rounder sound with sustain and also reduced. Whereas BJA"s Marshalls are set to noon, White scoops mids on the SE Lead head. Also, White"s clean tones are coming from the CAE 3+ SE tube preamp. For White"s Big Effect patch, he offers a Chandler Limited Little Devil Colored Boost. Also in his rack is a Dunlop Crybaby Rack Module (with remote foot controller onstage) and also a rackmount Line 6 Echo Pro (collection to a basic eighth note triplet), and both are provided on White"s solo for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Other pedals in his rack (however not used) are a MXR Phase 90 and also a Boss PS-6 Harmonist. The Shure R4D+ wireless devices go right into a RJM iS-8 White"s technology Chris Schleyer to switch between eight guitar inputs, which then splits off right into either the CAE 3+ SE preamp or Marshall heads and the RJM RG-16 switcher and also MasterMind MIDI controller that interact the four main presets that Jachild offers.

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Mike Dirnt"s BassesDirnt"s watercraft is overrun through miscellaneous Fender P basses. He"s playing 2 of his signature Precision models including a tobacco burst via a maple neck.


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