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TV Guitars: Inside the World of Late Night (with exclusive Rig Rundown videos)

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TV Guitars: Inside the World of Late Night (with exclusive Rig Rundown videos)

Late Night Gear, part 1

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
NBC, nightly 11:30 p.m. EST

THE PLAYERS Rickey Minor (bass), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Dave Delhomme (guitar)
YEARS ON THE GIG Two. Prior to joining The Tonight Show in 2010, the band worked together on American Idol for five seasons.
GEAR
Rickey Minor:
Three Sadowsky J-style, one P-style, and one 5-string, Ken Smith 4-, 5-, and 6-strings, ’68 Gretsch 6071, A-Designs REDDI tube DI, Boss FV-500, and Lehle 3@1.
Paul Jackson Jr.: PRS SC 250 with 245 pickups, PRS JA-15, custom PRS baritone, Takamine acoustics, Veillette Gryphon, Fuchs ODS-100, Evil Robot, Kasha RM100H Rockmod, CAE 3+ SE, Fractal Audio MFC-101, Xotic BB Preamp, AC Booster, and RC Booster, MXR Dyna Comp, Bass Compressor, and CAE MC-402, Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde, Hartman Analog Flanger, Fulltone Deja’Vibe, Tanabe Zenkudo, XTS Atomic Overdrive, Strymon El Capistan, Yamaha AG Stomp, Dunlop Cry Baby, Boss FV-500, and Boss TU-2.
Dave Delhomme: Custom PRS solidbody and semi-hollow with piezo and stereo outputs, PRS 305, Line 6 JTV-59, EVH 5150III, Palmer PDI-03, Joe Meek floorQ, Demeter Compulator, Dunlop EVH95 wah, MXR EVH Phase 90, MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay, Planet Waves Chromatic Tuner, Line 6 POD HD500.

Conan
TBS, Mon–Thurs 11 p.m. EST

THE PLAYERS Jimmy Vivino (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass)
YEARS ON THE GIG
Nineteen. Both Vivino and Merritt were members of the band that premiered with O’Brien when he started Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC in 1993
GEAR

Jimmy Vivino:
1953 Gibson Les Paul goldtop, Gibson Super 400 CES, Fender American Vintage ’72 Telecaster Custom, vintage Grazioso/Futurama (modified), and a vast collection of 100+ guitars. Vox AC15 Hand-Wired, Fender Eric Clapton Twinolux, Visual Sound Visual Volume, Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay, Visual Sound Double Trouble, Visual Sound Angry Fuzz, Visual Sound Liquid Chorus, Fulltone Supa-Trem, and Dunlop Cry Baby.
Mike Merritt: Sadowsky Vintage 4 (with Hipshot Xtender), Aguilar DB 750, ported Aguilar DB 115 cab, Aguilar Agro, Aguilar Octamizer, Aguilar Filter Twin, and Boss TU-2.


Jimmy Kimmel Live!
ABC, nightly 12 a.m. EST

THE PLAYERS Toshi Yanagi (guitar), Jimmy Earl (bass)
YEARS ON THE GIG
Nine. Yanagi and Earl were in the original band that launched with the show in 2003.
GEAR

Toshi Yanagi:
Gibson USA Flying V with Burstbuckers, Gibson Les Paul goldtop, Gibson Angus Young SG, 1964 Gibson Firebird I, Taylor acoustics, Morgan Amps AC20, PRS 50-watt, 2-channel “H” amp, Star Amplifiers cab (with Celestion Golds), Morgan cab (with Celestion Greenbacks), Keeley-modded Line 6 DL4, Line 6 MM4, Xotic BB Plus, Xotic EP Booster, Fulltone OCD, Lovepedal COT 50, Fulltone Ultimate Octave prototype, Z.Vex Distortron, Vox wah, and DigiTech Whammy II.
Jimmy Earl:
1966 Fender Jazz bass (with Badass bridge and Hipshot Bass Xtender), Warwick Jimmy Earl Signature, Gallien Krueger 800RB, Ampeg SVT 4x10 cab, custom high-end cabinet made by Steve W. Rabe (of SWR fame) that’s stocked with only tweeters.

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