Chuck Schuldiner – Death – 1993


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A detailed gear diagram of Chuck Schuldiner's Death stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his 1993 "Individual Thought Patterns" touring guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"I don't use very many effects - maybe for a little chorus on my leads here and there. When it comes right down to it, I like a very solid and simple setup." - Chuck Schuldiner

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GuitarGeek Notes:

This rig was compiled from various concert photos, live footage, and old guitar magazine interviews.  Any additional information and insight is welcomed - and encouraged.

Signal Flow

Chuck's simple setup consisted of a pair BC Rich Stealth guitars loaded with DiMarzio X2N Pickups, a Marshall 8100 head and a Marshall VS412 Cabinet. This stripped-down approach defied the rack-mentality of the era, and allowed Chuck to concentrate on his playing.

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    Adam Cooper's award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, Swervedriver's "Juggernaut Rides" CD as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine's history: Vulgar Display of Power. Before launching GuitarGeek.Com, Adam published the highly respected music zine, Whirlpool, which was distributed worldwide via major record store chains. As a guitarist and songwriter, he formed the band Alison's Halo which released two critically acclaimed records and secured coveted slots with bands like The Verve, Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Butterfly Child, The Apples In Stereo, Gin Blossoms, The Boo Radleys, Stereophonics, Medicine, Lovesliescrushing, Bailter Space and many others.


    1. dr.nemo dr.nemo says:


    2. howlmockeryatthecross howlmockeryatthecross says:

      GHS boomers 10-46

    3. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Do you have a source for the GHS Boomers?

    4. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Very cool! Thanks for the info/video. String info added!

    5. I0I00 says:

      Hey just talked to Shannon Hamm about the gear Chuck was using for the sets during the TSOP era. Even when having the songs from ITP in the set Chuck still never used the footswitch of the Valvestate 8100 to switch between the channels. He ran direct into the head for everything.

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