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PG's Shawn Hammond recently caught up with Primus guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde before a show to check out his live gear. Watch him demo the effects on his three wacky pedalboards as he shows us through his stage gear in the latest Rig Rundown:
Ler takes a number of guitars on the road, but his main guitar is a stock 2011 Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat (far left). He uses a number of other Strats, Teles, and two Fender Pawn Shop Series Mustang Specials. The green guitar is a replica of his '76 Strat he no longer takes on the road.
LaLonde, who used Marshalls for a long time, switched to the Fender Super-Sonic 60 for the band's latest album, Green Naugahyde. He mostly uses the dirty channel of the amp and controls the distortion with his guitar's volume knob. Atop his amp is a Korg DT-7 tuner. The amp is plugged into an EVH 412 loaded with stock 25-watt speakers and mic'd with Sennheiser e906s.
Ler uses a three-board setup to achieve Primus' off-the-wall tones. He says of his pedals, "Everything's usually pretty much maxed out and drastic, it's not very subtle with the effects!" Though he has a vast collection of pedals at home, these are the ones he takes on the road:
Board 1: Maxon Phaser, Strymon Ola Chorus, MXR Carbon Copy Delay, Fulltone Ultimate Octave, Dunlop Uni-Vibe, and Dunlop MC404 Custom Audio Electronics Wah (customized by Dunlop to be half Slash wah, half Dimebag wah).
Board 2: Empress Tremolo, second MXR Carbon Copy Delay (for solos and tweaking), TC Electronic Nova Repeater, Mu-Tron III+ reproduction, and EBS OctaBass. His third board (not pictured) has an Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing and a Radial Tonebone Bones Twin City ABY Switcher to go between his amps and his tuner.