Watch him demo the effects on his three wacky pedalboards as he shows us through his stage gear in the latest Rig Rundown

PG's Shawn Hammond recently caught up with Primus guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde before a show to check out his live gear. Watch him demo the effects on his three wacky pedalboards as he shows us through his stage gear in the latest Rig Rundown:

Guitars
Ler takes a number of guitars on the road, but his main guitar is a stock 2011 Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat (far left). He uses a number of other Strats, Teles, and two Fender Pawn Shop Series Mustang Specials. The green guitar is a replica of his '76 Strat he no longer takes on the road.



Amps
LaLonde, who used Marshalls for a long time, switched to the Fender Super-Sonic 60 for the band's latest album, Green Naugahyde. He mostly uses the dirty channel of the amp and controls the distortion with his guitar's volume knob. Atop his amp is a Korg DT-7 tuner. The amp is plugged into an EVH 412 loaded with stock 25-watt speakers and mic'd with Sennheiser e906s.

Effects
Ler uses a three-board setup to achieve Primus' off-the-wall tones. He says of his pedals, "Everything's usually pretty much maxed out and drastic, it's not very subtle with the effects!" Though he has a vast collection of pedals at home, these are the ones he takes on the road:


Board 1: Maxon Phaser, Strymon Ola Chorus, MXR Carbon Copy Delay, Fulltone Ultimate Octave, Dunlop Uni-Vibe, and Dunlop MC404 Custom Audio Electronics Wah (customized by Dunlop to be half Slash wah, half Dimebag wah).


Board 2: Empress Tremolo, second MXR Carbon Copy Delay (for solos and tweaking), TC Electronic Nova Repeater, Mu-Tron III+ reproduction, and EBS OctaBass. His third board (not pictured) has an Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing and a Radial Tonebone Bones Twin City ABY Switcher to go between his amps and his tuner.

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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