The ferocious guitarist—and singer-songwriter and bandleader—has a brand new rig for 2023. Check it out!
Two months ago, Lindsay Ell released her latest single, “Sweet Spot,” plus she’s on the way to issuing a new album, following up 2020’s Heart Theory. And for the tour leading into her next record, she’s also got a passel of updated gear since her 2018 Rig Rundown. No surprise, since there’s always something new happening with Ell—whether it’s touring under her own banner or with Shania Twain, scooping up Canadian Country Music Association awards, or serving as a judge on Canada’s Got Talent.
When it comes to guitars, Ell’s 6-string tastes run to the classics and custom-builds, and she’s got her signature OD aboard, so let’s take a look.
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Play Mary Kaye
“I’m a Strat girl,” Lindsay Ell attests. And this one, a Fender Custom Shop ’56 Strat in aged shell pink, was a gift from Keith Urban. It’s got jumbo frets and has become a studio and road favorite.
On her last Rig Rundown, Lindsay was touring with several Strats that she had handpainted. This tour, she’s continuing the tradition with this funky-beautiful Fender Standard Strat she calls “Just Another Girl.” Note the humbucker-and-two-single-coils combination, and, of course, the stitched-up heart.
Paint It, Blue
The backside of Ell's Fender Standard Strat that wears the title of popular track from her 2017 album, The Project.
Ell was asked by John Mayer to play in the video that announced the release of his PRS SE Silver Sky, the lower-priced version of his signature Paul Reed Smith model. This is the guitar she played in that video.
This vintage, all-stock Gibson Melody Maker from the 1960s was also a gift from Keith Urban—a thank you for opening dates on his spring 2023 tour.
This Fender Ultra Strat, in an aged ash natural finish, is currently Lindsay’s main go-to onstage. This hot rod is outfitted with Fender’s noiseless single-coil pickups. Elle’s guitars are strung with a variety of sets, including green DR Strings (.010–.048s0, Stringjoys (.095–.048), and D’Addario .010–.052s and .011–.052s. Her picks are D’Addario heavies.
Ell’s main acoustic is a custom-built Rockbridge OOO made of mahogany by Brian Calhoun in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a major switch for this longtime Martin player.
Ell plays through a pair of amps: a Vox AC30 head and a Ceriatone Overtone Special. That’s a Furman power conditioner beneath the pair of heads.
The AC30 hits a 2x12 with Celestion Greenbacks and the Ceriatone slams a 1x12 Dr. Z cab with a Celestion Gold speaker.
Lindsay Ell's Pedalboard
Lindsay’s pedalboard contains a PolyTune 3 Noir, a Wampler Ego Compressor, a Ceriatone Centura Professional Overdrive, a signature Siren Etana drive, Vertex Ultraphonix OD, an MU-FX Micro-Tron III filter, an Arion Stereo Chorus, a Providence Chrono Delay, a HardWire RV-7 Stereo Reverb, and a Strymon Zuma power supply.
Dabbling with Digital
In addition to her trad tube amp-and-pedalboard combo, Lindsay also has a Neural DSP Quad Cortex on tap that has modeled tones of her amps.
It's designed to minimize the tonal change when you boost the signal.
Burbank, CA (September 9, 2015) -- The Providence Vitalizer FB is a successor of the Final Booster to represent its true performance and function. This is the same product as Final Booster FBT-1.
The Vitalizer is one of the buffers that converts high impedance signal that are more likely to degrade the sound quality by picking up noise or losing higher frequency sound while going through the wiring and electric circuits to low impedance signal that are less likely to be affected by those problems. It is an Active Impedance Converter that Providence has applied original invention to make sure the sound doesn't get too Hi-Fi while respecting guitars and effect pedals' character of sound signals. It delivers natural faithful instrument sound by using a special circuit that minimizes the "Active" sound. The signal goes through the Vitalizer FB's circuit even when the pedal is turned off to deliver more vivid sound to the following units.
The Final Booster is a full-range booster that emphasizes the sound quality.It allows to boost the signal that were converted to low impedance on Vitalizer circuit up to 20db. It is designed to minimize the tonal change when you boost the signal a lot through our original switching way as the signal always goes through the booster circuit while foot switch only functions for boost volume's on/off.
Vitalizer is ideal to use where you would like to minimize the signal degradation. There are many ways to use it such as the first place after the guitar, before wah or volume pedal that are more likely to degrade the signal, and before the amp or your system. Since Final Booster is less likely to affect tone, you can also connect it after other pedal to boost just the volume, or you can also control the gain by connecting it before overdrive/ distortion pedal. *Please be advised the sound may get distorted if you boost too much when you connect Final Booster before Wah or other pedals
In addition to indicating the pedal's on/off status, the VFB-1 LED provides effective visual battery power monitoring. When the battery voltage drops below 7 volts the LED will become dimmer and begin to go out. The effect will still operate at this voltage, but to ensure optimum performance the battery should be replaced as soon as possible.
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The patented "Loosening Prevention" feature helps prevent loosening the plug cap from vibrations.
North Hollywood, CA (August 26, 2015) -- The V206 features the NP-21 and NP-21L, the world's smallest original plugs that are perfect to save space and lighten the pedalboard. The patented "Loosening Prevention" feature helps prevent loosening the plug cap from slight vibration while traveling and reduce the risk of having troubles.
Providence cables are designed and developed specifically to meet the needs of leading artists, both on stage and in the studio. Know-how acquired through extensive experience in the field is exhaustively and effectively applied in every product we make. Just as there are a wide variety of musical genres, each player has unique personal sonic preferences. Providence creates cables to meet the widest possible range of musical needs while continuously working on new technology and innovations that will forge the sounds of the future.
V206 Patch Cable's Characteristics The V206 is the 4th Platinum Link series model and it celebrates Providence's 20th anniversary.
A VLK1 OFC conductor and tin-plated super-high-density braided shield plus carbon-impregnated conductive vinyl sheath result in a thin, flexible cable that offers excellent electromagnetic noise rejection. Picking nuances come through with clarity in an overall sound that is tight and powerful.
The NP-21 and NP-21L, the world's smallest original plugs are perfect to save space and lighten the pedalboard. This cable is also reliable as it's already soldered by our experienced craftsman.
"Loosening Prevention" feature was developed based on the idea that Artists can focus on performance without any stress will prevent loosening plugs that may occur while traveling.
- When developing a new Providence cable we always thoroughly test a variety of plug and solder combinations and select the one that best suits the sound we are trying to achieve.
- Connector plating also affects the sound, so gold or nickel plating is selected according to the specific tonality we are aiming for.
- 6.3 mm plug shafts that just fit the majority of phone jacks are used to minimize the possibility of accidental unplugging, while maintaining maximum contact over the greatest possible area for superior sound.
- Original Providence L-plugs feature a 91Â°angle (registered utility model) that allows easier connection to angled pedal chassis such as those often seen in wah pedals.
- Nickel plating is selected for NP-21 and NP-21L plugs.
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