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 his signal first hits the board, an L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI sends a signal to the front of house. Another line runs into a GigRig Pro-14 switching system, which routes the signal to a Crowther Audio Hotcake overdrive, a modded MXR Blue Box, a Fuzzrocious Zuul, a BYOC Large Beaver, a Walrus Audio Voyager, an Old Blood Noise Endeavors Black Fountain, a TC Electronic Corona, a Mr. Black DeluxePlus, a Dr. Scientist Radical Red Reverberator, a Smallsound/Bigsound Buzzz, a Boss DD-6 Digital Delay, and a Boss TU-2 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 MKS Pedal Pad uses both built-in MKS and Walrus Audio Aetos power supplies to juice a Boss TU-2 tuner, two Boss PS-5 Super Shifters, a Gig-Fx Chopper, a Dunlop Cry Baby from Hell wah, a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret, a Pro Co RAT, a Marshall ShredMaster, a Boss TR-2 Tremolo, a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, a Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter, and 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.