Thread: Trey's guitar

BigDaveOnBass - 3/13/2009 at 02:28 PM

One thing I noticed about Trey's sit in last night was his great guitar tone. He doesn't play a Les Paul, but is set up like a Paul, with two humbuckers. Anybody know anything about his axes? They sound great!

moemoe6434 - 3/13/2009 at 02:30 PM

Custom made by Paul Langudoc. He was their original tech back in the day... VERY pricey!

[Edited on 3/13/2009 by moemoe6434]

moemoe6434 - 3/13/2009 at 02:31 PM

Oh and they are beautiful peices of art up close!

moemoe6434 - 3/13/2009 at 02:39 PM

Here is a small gallery on his site:

No1ToRunWith - 3/13/2009 at 02:44 PM

Dave it was brought on Moogis last night what Trey plays thru and found this

From Wikipedia

He has employed the services of his friend and audio technician Paul Languedoc (Phish's soundman from 1986–2004) throughout his career. The highly resonant hollow-body electric guitars built by Languedoc for Anastasio, his Ibanez Tube Screamers, and Ross Compressors are key to his signature tone. Trey has several custom Languedoc hollowbody electric guitars:

* "Old Reliable" is a white/light blonde colored hollowbody that debuted in 1987. The body was made from a combination of spruce and walnut. It was Anastasio's main guitar until 1990, and backup until 1996.

* The second Languedoc hollowbody is a blonde padauk. The headstock inlay featuring Anastasio's dog Marley was slightly larger than on "Old Reliable". This guitar was Anastasio's main guitar from 1990–1996, became the backup in 1997 and remains so.

* The third Languedoc guitar has a flame koa body and features a bone nut and an ebony bridge with brass saddles (two bronze-colored brass bars) inlaid into the wood[12]. According to Languedoc, this guitar has "the most brilliant sound" of the three instruments. This guitar has been used by Anastasio in virtually all live appearances from 1997 until the hiatus.

* The fourth Languedoc guitar was built and used sparingly in 1999/2000 but was used regularly during the hiatus and exclusively since then. The guitar is very similar to the first koa, but has different grain patterns in the body, which give the appearance of two stripes. The fret board inlays are small markers just on the top edge of the fret, whereas the first koa had large pearl inlays in the center of the frets.

* A full scale arch top was built around 1998, and used only once or twice. The Languedoc body shape was the same, but apparently the difference in size made the guitar more difficult to play and Trey never used it on stage.

The designs of Anastasio's Languedoc guitars, inspired in part by the Fender Starcaster, are uniquely conceived and handcrafted instruments that make use of set maple necks with 24-fret ebony fret boards, dual Seymour Duncan PAF reissue humbuckers and custom-wired electronics. The first two Languedocs also featured a single coil pickup in the middle (each was removed when it became the backup guitar). Because they are true hollow-bodies (as opposed to semi-hollow body construction), and because Anastasio typically plays with two Ibanez Tube Screamer overdrives, the guitars are prone to excessive feedback, requiring a great deal of manual dexterity and control on the guitarist's part in order to manage the signal. Anastasio has learned to tame this feedback and often used it to his advantage in the creation of psychedelic and other-worldly sounds onstage and in the studio ("The Squirming Coil", "The Divided Sky", and "You Enjoy Myself", to name a few, use this unique feedback in portions of the song).

Anastasio's electric guitar technique is largely conventional; he does not typically make use of tapping techniques and does not usually play slide guitar (an example of when he does is in the Oysterhead section of Les Claypool's 5 Gallons of Diesel). He normally uses a 2.0mm Adamas graphite guitar pick, but does not always do so. Melodically, he often incorporates modes, notably the dorian, mixolydian, and locrian, as well as pentatonic scales. In addition to scales, Anastasio makes abundant use of arpeggios while improvising as well as in his compositional material. He is known for his skill in improvisation. In the tradition of bebop players, he often quotes, or "teases" his own music or the music of others in his solos, sometimes subtly and other times directly.

Anastasio uses barre chords extensively, including open voicings of minor seventh, minor ninth, and minor thirteenth chords in addition to the sharp ninth chords associated with blues-based guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix. He incorporates exotic chord progressions and voicings, chord substitutions, ghost notes, and rhythmic scratching.

While he has concentrated more on funk, jazz, and rock music styles in his electric guitar technique (especially since Phish's Remain in Light cover on Halloween 1996), Anastasio is also well-versed in country music and bluegrass modes of playing and has credited Jerry Garcia as an influence in this realm.

Effects processors play a crucial role in Anastasio's guitar technique. He uses effects such as two Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamers (with analogman's Silver Mod) in sequence, chorus and Univibe-like effects, a Ross compressor (he switched eventually to Analogman's Bicompressor, then dropped the compressor from his rig) , a wah wah pedal (usually a Real McCoy Custom 3 by Geoffrey Teese, a Boomerang phrase sampler, tremolo, delay, reverb, and pitch shifters, as well as a Leslie rotating speaker horn. He controls these devices singularly or in batch with a Custom Audio footpedal bank. His use of delay loops is a signature.

In the late 1990s, Anastasio moved from a custom 2X12 cab powered by either a 100w Mesa/Boogie Mark III head or, later, a Custom Audio Electronics 3-channel preamp and Groove Tubes power amp, to a pair of modified late 1960s Fender Deluxe Reverb amps, one serving as a backup. It was also around this time that the compressor pedal was dropped from his stage rig.

Anastasio currently plays an acoustic by Martin. In 2005, Martin released a Trey Anastasio signature model acoustic guitar. In his acoustic playing, Anastasio makes use of nontraditional tunings to create ethereal ambiance or to recreate folk styles, as did Jimmy Page and Nick Drake.

[edit] Anastasio's guitar rig


[edit] Amps and speakers

* Mesa Boogies (1980s – early 1990s)
* Custom Audio Electronics 3+ SE preamp (early 1990s – 1997)
* Groove Tubes power amp (early 1990s – 1997)
* Bruno 4x12 Speaker Cabinet
* Hard Truckers "Fatty" 2x12 Hemp Cab (with KOA Trim)
* Leslie 122 rotating speaker
* Fender Deluxe Reverb, modified by Bill Carruth (1997–present)

[edit] Rack

* Furman Power Conditioner
* Korg DTR2 Tuner
* Ibanez DM2000 Delay
* Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) Super Tremolo
* Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) Black Cat Vibe
* Alesis NanoVerb (x2)
* Alesis MicroVerb I
* Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) 4x4 Switcher

[edit] Floor

* Dunlop GCB-95 Wah pedal
* Ibanez Tube Screamer (x2) (Modified by Analogman, Silver Mod)
* Digitech Whammy II
* Custom Audio Electronics (CAE) RS-10 MIDI Foot Controller
* Boomerang Phrase Sampler
* Custom On/Off Latching Switch (CAE Super Tremolo MODE)
* Expression Pedal (CAE Super Tremolo)
* TREK II UC-1A (Leslie)
* Boss FS-5L (Leslie On/Off)
* Boss FS-5U (Custom Boomerang wiring --> "once" button)
* Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
* Custom Amp Selector (Fender Deluxe Reverb)

slowhand6 - 3/13/2009 at 02:46 PM

Funny he doesn't offer it in Koa, like Trey's. Seems like he has just about every other wood available. Even a high-end Rosewood.

biodtl5 - 3/13/2009 at 03:03 PM

Anybody got an extra $10,000.00 laying around they don't need?

rottinpeach - 3/13/2009 at 03:07 PM

On Les Claypools 5 Gallons of Diesel DVD Trey plays a guitar that looks like deer antlers attached to the neck. It made all kinds of feedback sounds. Pretty awesome gizmo....

No1ToRunWith - 3/13/2009 at 03:10 PM

Phish live in vegas is a great DVD

aiq - 3/13/2009 at 03:16 PM

Scott Murawski, who is with Bill Kreutzmann trio - along with Otiel - is playing one.

[Edited on 3/13/2009 by aiq]

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