Behind-the-scenes details on the three-headed guitar monster's updated signature axes (and pickups), and their unusual reliance on a blend of 20th- and 21st-century amp technology.
Jake Bowen has been a longtime Ibanez user and has several variants of his own signature model, but his current favorite is this RG Series S7420 7-string he first bought when he was welcomed into Periphery. It used to have a blue/green flame maple top and the back and neck was unfinished. The company gladly ran with his request to refinish it in white and outfitted it with his signature DiMarzio Titan humubckers. While all of his guitars feature floating bridges, this is the only one that isn’t locked down so he can divebomb for “Motormouth.” For this 7-string, he uses D’Addario NYXL .011–.064 strings and the rest of his 6-strings use NYXL .011 –.056 sets. And he shreds with Jim Dunlop .88 mm Tortex picks. (Jake also uses the identical setup as Misha—Peavey Invective 120 powering a Fractal Axe-Fx II XL+ into a Peavey 2x12 and a 4x12 that are each loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30 and a Celestion G12H Creamback.)
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