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Rig Rundown - The Aristocrats' Bryan Beller

The gear Beller used on the Aristocrats 2011 US Tour.

We recently caught up with Bryan Beller before an Aristocrats gig to get a look at the gear he's using for the trio's gigs. Watch him take us through the rig and demo each of his pedals in our video Rig Rundown. Also check out our Rig Rundown with Guthrie Govan from the same show.

Bryan has played Mike Lull Custom Basses for 11 years. His main bass, as featured in the video, is an M5 Modern bass, which is a 35" scale 5-string bass. He says the neck is reliable and easy to play, which is good for "crazy stuff" like the Aristocrats. He describes the bass as an active jazz bass with extra aggression on the notes. The pickups are Seymour Duncans. Pictured below is a backup Mike Lull 5-string.

Beller had recently switched to a Galien-Kreuger rig when we met up with him and was playing the Fusion 550, which he says, "has the most amazing front end" and flying faders that adjust themselves when you switch channels. He's using the Fusion 550 with a 2001RB power amp and two Galien-Kreuger Neo 4x12 cabinets. He says he likes that amount of power because he only has to drive everything at 30-40 percent and gets a good, loud clean tone.

Beller's pedalboard includes a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal, Electro-Harmonix Bass Microsynth, Boss OC-2 Octave, Xotic BB Preamp, Aphex Bass Xciter, DigiTech Bass Driver, Retro-Sonic Chorus, MXR Bass D.I.+, Boss DD-7, Demeter Opto Compulator, and Dunlop Cry Baby Bass.