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Rig Rundown: Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Vincent Accardi

July 30, 2014

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.