Graeme Naysmith – Pale Saints – 1991


A detailed gear diagram of Graeme Naysmith's 1991 Pale Saints stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

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"The Marshall was used for the classic Marshall sound, while the Fender Twins did pretty much everything else - including mad stereo effects" - Graeme Naysmith

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Graeme was interviewed, via email exchanges, from his home in Leeds, England.

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    One Comment

    1. methadrone says:

      I saw him open for Ride and his band play on tour w/ Sonic Boom from the Spacemen 3. He was a good player but was astounded by his setup! I could have sworn he had a couple gp-16s(used by lush and ride) His Marshall Superlead looked like a 100 watt at least(possible a major)? I say this cause I remember it on stage Andy Bell’s HIWATT dr-103 and it was bigger. I think the singer also had a stereo twin setup maybe w/ a Zoom 9003. But don’t forget the famous bass player’s unique chord playing style.

      If you like that so called shoegaze sound(more creation records but also 4ad) and have the dough. Check out an Axe FX modeler. Forget about trying to imitate past classic rock sounds(ala ACDC, rolling stones, the who, Zep, Jimi)… some of thesguys weren’t in their day. That idea can keep a guitar’s required sound stagnant . After hearing it played by Dweezil I was amazed by how much weird fx you can mix in and the sound was beautifully thick, rich.. sounded very much like his dad. I say this because when I listen to so called “shoegaze” back in the day.. I don’t hear “classic rock”. Now soo many bands just use Fender twins(clean sound) to copy that kind of sound and sound dated… maybe the reverb is just popular.

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