Originally posted by fiveways
well, if it is belew between those years....It would be
EHX Ploy chorus
EHX Big Muff mixed with a EQ to sound like a moog synth
Roland GR series guitar synths
Roland Digital Delays(SDD-3000)
EHX clone theory
EHX small clone
EHX Electric Mistress
EHX Super REply
EHX 16 Second delay
EHX Freq Ana.
EHX 16 second delay
various MXR, Boss and Maestro pedals.
His amp out choice is a Jazz Chorus. There might be more racks.
This i am pulling out of gear I know he used at that point one his solo stuff, Talking Head(the big muff/eq was used alot on there music according to him, I dislike talking heads, so I can't confirm) and King Crimson rigs from 1980, so none of it is 100% confirmed.
That was his rig for the Talking Heads tour with the exception of the Roland guitar synth, which came into play with Discipline/KC. In an interview Ade commented that he had his effects run through a custom pedalboard that had a kill switch on it. Evidently, Frantz and Weymouth liked how he would make his guitar squeal (Fripp termed it "elephant guitar") and have the sound cut out immediately. Pictures from the Talking Heads tour show him with two JC120s.
I may be mistaken but Ade probably only used one 16-sec. delay with Talking Heads. When going out on the road with the League of Gentlemen in 1980 Fripp started using two 16-sec. delays to mimic the two Revox tape machines he'd used previously for his Frippertronics.
With the live Heads stuff much of what sounds like 2-3 guitars is just that not the EHX 16-sec. delay. With Bernie Worrell in the band, Harrison often played guitar and Byrne hadn't yet abandoned the instrument like he would on the Speaking in Toungues tour. One of Harrison's strats had P-90s in it (at least at the bridge).
During the late 1970s and up to 1982 with KC, Ade was using the same well-worn late '60s strat. It was his guitar with Zappa, Bowie, and on the Heads tour. The 1981 KC tour saw him use the Roland GR at times. After '82 Ade started using custom guitars that looked like Jaquars with Strat necks and Kahler bridges. His mid-late '80s work with the Bears and solo would see the same guitars being used.
In my experience Ade is very easy to talk with and his e-mail may still be on Rob Murphrey's website (Rob is Ade's official webmaster).