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Rig Rundown - Creed's Mark Tremonti

June 3, 2012

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in Chicago, IL, at the Chicago Theatre where she catches up with Creed's guitarist Mark Tremonti. In this Rig Rundown segment, Tremonti talks to us about his slew of PRS guitars, his multi-amp setup (Mesa/Boogie, Bludotone, Fender, and Voodoo Amps), and his pedalboard featuring stompboxes from Dunlop, Voodoo Lab, and Electro-Harmonix.

Guitars
Tremonti uses a slew of his signature model PRS single-cut guitars on the road. Other than some being outfitted with a whammy bar and others with a stop tailpiece, the guitars are all stock production models. His go-to guitar is a charcoal-burst signature model with a Dimebag Darrell sticker on it. Pictured in the front is another favorite with a beautiful one-piece top. He uses D'Addario strings with a hybrid gauge - 11s for EAD and 10s for GBE. He uses custom sets for the various tunings he uses as well. His picks are Dunlop 1mm nylon.

Amps
Tremonti uses a mutli-amp setup anchored by his Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier, which runs through the two inside Mesa/Boogie 4x12 cabinets for rhythm and lead work. The Voodoo V-Rock atop the rack runs through the outside cabinets for rhythm, and he switches to the Bludodone Bludo-Drive on the outside cabs for leads. For cleans, Tremonti uses a duo of Fender 65 Twin Reissues with a TC Electronic G-Force for delay and reverb. The Bogner amp in the rack was not being used at the time we met up with him.

Also in the rack is a handful of effects: an Ibanez TS808 Hand Wired Tube Screamer, T-Rex Mark Tremonti Phaser, and T-Rex Replica Delay. The right side of the rack has a Bludotone Loop-a-Later for the effects, a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II used to thicken up his lead tones, and his monitor rig with a mixer he controls himself.

Floor
On the floor is a Voodoo Lab Ground Control for amp switching, Dunlop Uni-Vibe, Morley Signature Wah, and EHX Micro Pog that was used mainly on last Alter Bridge tour but he kicks in for fun during Creed shows. The board is powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus.