PG's Rebecca Dirks meets up with DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman who give her the rundown on the gear that they're using on their Power Within Tour.

PG's Rebecca Dirks meets up with DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman who give her the rundown on the gear that they're using on their Power Within Tour.

Herman's main two guitars are a purple Ibanez Egen8, the very first version of his signature model, which is super thin and loaded with DiMarzio Herman Li custom pickups with coil-splitting, scalloped frets on the last four frets, and a knife-edge bridge with no trem stopper. He also uses a 7-string Ibanez for the song "Fallen World." Herman uses .9s - 46. and .9 - .59 strings, and everything is tuned standard. Sam uses an Ibanez RG 7-string, also for "Fallen World," but his primary guitar is his signature Ibanez STM-2, which is a neck-through-body construction with DiMarzio Evolution pickups.

Amps & Effects
Both guitarists' racks are nearly identical, with a power supply, tuner, Samson wireless units for the electric and acoustic guitars, Rocktron Prophesy II preamp programmed for all of their different tones, and Mesa/Boogie 2 Fifty Stereo power amps.

In addition, Herman also uses a Source Audio wah with Hot Hand ring controller, DigiTech Harmony Man, Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, Boss OC-3 Super Octave, Boss ST-3 Power Stack, and Boss AC-3 Acoustic Simulator. On the floor, Herman also uses a DigiTech Whammy. In the rack he also has a rackmounted Dunlop Cry Baby wah.

He uses a Rocktron Loop Mate to bring the pedals into the Prophesy when he uses them instead of the built-in Prophesy effects. He also uses a wireless MIDI controller programmed to automatically change his patches on the Prophesy and a Rocktron All Access switcher that his tech uses to toggle different tones.

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