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Rig Rundown: Black Mountain's Stephen McBean

This Vancouver psych-rock quintet is building quite a buzz with its vibey grooves, so we decided to find out which gear gives bandleader McBean his 6-string buzz.

McBean uses a dual-amp rig that combines an early silverface Fender Super Reverb and a 1981 Hiwatt DR504 head driving a Marshall 4x12. He also brings a 1973 Marshall Super Bass 100 head along as a backup and switches it out with the Hiwatt every now and then. The cab McBean pairs with his 50-watt Hiwatt and ’73 Super Bass is an ’80s Marshall 1960 with Celestion 70 speakers.


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