Sure, collectible gear can be important to rock stars, but for this mayhem-filled gig, Paul Wiley and Juan Alderete opt for loudness and durability.
Juan Alderete, bassist for the Mars Volta, Big Sir, Halo Orbit, and a cohost/cofounder of Pedals and Effects on YouTube, now can add Marilyn Manson low-end leader to his resume. A bona fide gear hound and pedal junkie, Juan lets the gig dictate his equipment choices. His main ride for this run is this Warwick Idolmaker 4-string that was modded to have a Nordstrand NP4 P-style pickup. The large switch is to kill his signal for sudden starts and stops, while the smaller toggle illuminates his fretboard so he can have a roadmap when playing on the dark stage. All his basses use Ernie Ball .045–.105 strings and he hammers away with Dunlop 2.0 mm or .73 mm Tortex picks.
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