On July 7, 2014, Premier Guitar met with Jesse Lacey and his tech Joe Cannetti, and lead guitarist Vincent Accardi of the Long Island alt-rockers Brand New before their show in Louisville, Kentucky. Lacey spilled the dirt on his love of Fender guitars and fuzz pedals.
Jesse Lacey's Gear
Lacey keeps it all single-coil. His No. 1 is a battered ’70s Fender Tele with a Curtis Novak Tel-V bridge pickup.
Next is a 2006 Fender Custom Shop Jazzmaster with a matching headstock.
Last, but not least, is a 2009 Stagg Jazzmaster-style guitar with single-coils in the neck and middle positions, and a Fender Jaguar single-coil in the bridge position.
Lacey goes big and loud with a DR103 Hiwatt Custom 100 head plugged into a Janice 2x12 cab loaded with one Eminence Delta and one Swamp Thang speaker. Running in conjunction with the Hiwatt is a Gibson 1990s-era Orange Overdrive 80 that has been modded for 120-watt output. The Orange drives a Janice 2x12 with two Weber FC12s.
A true gear geek, Lacey did all the wiring and soldering on his pedalboard. When the signal first goes into the board, a L.R. Baggs preamp sends an acoustic DI to the front of house. The electric guitar line runs into the GigRig Pro-14 switching system, which routes the signal into all of his pedals. His ten loops are:
- 1. Crowther Audio Hotcake overdrive and modded MXR Blue Box Octave Fuzz
- 2. Fuzzrocious Zuul
- 3. BYOC The Large Beaver fuzz
- 4. Walrus Audio Voyager overdrive
- 5. Old Blood Noise Endeavors Black Fountain delay
- 6. TC Electronic Corona Chorus
- 7. Mr. Black Deluxe Plus Spring Reverb/Tremolo
- 8. Dr. Scientist Radical Red Reverberator
- 9. Smallsound/Bigsound BUZZZ distortion/fuzz
- 10. Boss DD-6 Digital Delay
- 11. Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
Vincent Accardi's Gear
Accardi keeps it Fender-y with his stock 60th Anniversary Fender Cyclone.
Another go-to axe is a 60th Anniversary Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe with a Cyclone neck.
Accardi also plays a 1992 MIM Fender Strat he has owned since he was a kid.
Accardi uses a 300-watt Fender Super Bassman Pro tube head plugged into two cabs: a Janice 2x12 loaded with two Eminence EM12s, and a Janice 2x15 with two Eminence Legend 1518s.
Accardi’s grungy pedalboard starts with a MKS Pedal Pad connected to both a MKS power supply and a Walrus Audio Aetos Clean Power Supply. After hitting a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, the signal goes into two Boss PS-5 Super Shifters (one goes up, the other down). From there it enters a gig-fx Chopper, a Dunlop DBO1 Dimebag Darrell Cry Baby From Hell, a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret, a Pro Co RAT, a Marshall ShredMaster, a Boss TR-2 Tremolo, a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, and a Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter. From there it encounters three delays: an Old Blood Noise Endeavors Black Fountain, a Boss DD-6, and a Boss DD-7.
Although it was not used at this show, Accardi typically runs a ’63 Fender Tube Reverb unit between his last pedal and his amp.