So far we’ve seen 2 big additions to the rig for the first few shows of the tour: (1) Trey has had a Fender Stratocaster on stage, and (2) Trey is using a pair of Marshall JTM45HW heads. The rig appears to be largely consistent with Summer 2016 otherwise, with some slight tweaks that I get into below.
• 2 x Marshall JTM45HW (2245THW) heads
• Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
• 2×12 felt covered, side-by-side cabs loaded with Tone Tubby Purple Haze 8 ohm speakers
• Leslie G-37 rotating speaker.
(Note: Trey had the Deluxe Reverb onstage for the first few shows of the tour, and Bob Weir used it during Weir’s guest appearance in Nashville).
Guitars: ’96 Koa (Koa #1), Blonde No. 2, Fender Stratocaster, Blonde No. 1 (although all these guitars were onstage, it appears as if Koa #1 was the only guitar played on this tour).
• Beigel Tru-Tron;
• Whammy II,
• CAE RS-10 Audio Switcher (see below for signal chain),
• Ross Compressor,
• Crybaby Wah,
• Ernie Ball Volume,
• Voodoo Lab Amp Selector,
• Boss FS-5U switches.
• 2 x TS-9 (both Analogman);
• Way Huge Supa Puss;
• Shin-ei Uni-Vibe;
• H&K Tube Factor.
• Alesis Microverb.
(Note: as confirmed by interviews, both TS-9’s are by Analogman; the black strip is on the outer TS-9 is velcro for when weather protection is required).
Rack (from top):
• Furman Power Conditioner,
• Korg DTR-2 Tuner,
• Ibanez DM-2000,
• TC Electronic D-Two,
• 3 x CAE 4×4.
Mics: Trey’s rig is mic’d by a Shure SM-57 and a Royer SF-12.
Below is a pretty comprehensive shot of the rig in Alpharetta, 10-22-16. Note 2 Marshalls and no Deluxe Reverb. Otherwise the rack, rack pedals, and floor pedals appear largely unchanged from Summer and Dick’s/LOCK’N. The Voodoo Lab Amp Selector is not in place.
Below, a close-up of the rack and rack pedals from 10-22-16. The black stickers coincide with corresponding send/return channels on the CAE (see signal chain below). You can see the Ross Compressor on the floor. The H&K has it’s own loop, and is used as a distortion pedal, just like the Tube Screamers, and is not, as previously suspected, just there to “warm-up” the Uni-Vibe or the delays.
Based on research and interviews, the signal chain is as follows:
Languedoc Guitar –> Dunlop GCB-95 Wah –> Custom Audio Electronics 4X4 switchers (loops 1-8 below) –> Marshall JTM45HW.
Loop #1: Digitech Whammy 2 / Beigel Tru-Tron 3X
Loop #2: Ibanez TS-9 “less” distortion (Analogman)
Loop #3: Ibanez TS-9 “more” distortion (Analogman)
Loop #4: Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor
Loop #5: Alesis Microverb
Loop #6: Shin Ei Univibe chorus
Loop #7: Boomerang Phrase Sampler ver 1. / Ibanez DM-2000 digital delay
Loop #8: Way Huge Supa Puss analog delay
Below is the floor array from Trey’s perspective. From left, I see 3 Boss FS-5U switches, the Whammy II, Beigel Tru-Tron, CAE switcher, wah, 2 more FS-5Us, Boomerang.
The FS-5 switches have the following functions:
- The FS-5U on the left next to the Whammy is the “once” pedal for the Boomerang (Heavy Things).
- The FS-5U between the Wah and the Boomerang is a tap tempo for the Supa Puss.
- The FS-5L pedal on Trey’s right behind the Wah mutes the DM-2000 digital delay (because the Boomerang and DM-2000 share one loop, the digital delay stays muted with this pedal until needed).
- The pair of FS-5L pedals on Trey’s left next to the Tru-Tron control the Leslie G37 (on/off & fast speed/slow).
Below is a shot of the Stratocaster that surfaced on the web as tour began: From left: Ocedoc, Koa #2, Blonde #1, Blonde #2, Koa #1, the new Stratocaster, and then Mike’s basses. For more on Trey’s guitars, see here.
Next, a (grainy) shot of the Strat grabbed from the webcast as Trey and Page were leaving the stage in Jacksonville.
Below is a great shot of the Marshall head, a handwired 30-watt reissue JTM45HW (we at TGR originally thought it was a Superlead). The vintage Marshall JTM 45 was similar to a Fender Bassman. They had a blockier logo and 6 knobs rather than 8. That amplifier was re-issued with a “MKII” logo on the left side, rather than “JTM,” which can clearly be made out on the amplifier below.
Mike Piera said that in “mid-2016” Trey picked up a few four-knob CompROSSers when he modded Trey’s Supa-Puss. We still saw the vintage Ross Compressor on stage during Summer and Dick’s/LOCK’N, and it continues to be in place today, as you can see below (it’s in the bottom right corner, next to the Voodoo Lab Amp Selector).
Below is a shot of the rig from Charleston, a bit distorted as it’s pulled from a fisheye shot. The Deluxe Reverb is in place.
During Bob Weir’s guest appearance with the band at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Bob used Trey’s Deluxe Reverb and Trey used two Marshall JTM45HW heads and no Deluxe Reverb. In the first shot below, you can see the 2nd Marshall head where the DR would normally sit, and in the second, Bob with Trey’s DR at his feet.
Below is Trey playing Koa #1 at North Charleston Coliseum on 10-14-2016, courtesy of their instagram feed.
10/14 Charleston: Koa #1
10/15 Charleston: Koa #1
10/16 Jacksonville: Koa #1
10/18 Nashville: Koa #1
10/21 Alpharetta: Koa #1
10/22 Alpharetta: Koa #1
10/24 & 10/25 Grand Prairie: Koa #1.
10/28 Vegas: Koa #1
Based on the photo from today’s sound check that Phish just posted on FB, it looks like Trey’s rig is about the same as Summer; but he added a Marshall head to the amp rig, along with its foot switch and some other pedal to the right of the Marshall FS.
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Ok, either I didn’t read your comment above before I posted or we are on the same page!
looks like the analogman comprossor to the right of the footswitch (amp switcher?)
Sure does. Will update on pedals shortly. Thanks!
Looks more like the Ross. He modded it to have the red light.
Yep, we got some better photography; see the full entry above.
Did anyone notice the pickups on the guitar are no longer the SD SH-3 stag mag? Maybe back to the ’59s?
This “new” tone sounds pretty nice!
Those are the stag mags with no covers.
1) Trey is playing a Marshall Amp
2) Trey has a Strat on stage
3) October is the 50th Anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first show
4) Jimi played a Strat and a Marshall
5) Trey is pretty much the goto guitarist for 50th Anniversary fill-ins
6) Halloween showing is coming up….
I love the 50th anniversary piece — I didn’t put that together!
What you have as Blonde #2 is actually the Spruce that was introduced in the summer. Blonde #2 was actually redone with a Sunburst top
Hi, thanks. I sorta have a naming system going over here: https://treysguitarrig.com/the-guitars/
My bad, didn’t notice that! Good work here!!
No worries, man! Enjoy!
Seems he’s back to the Ross but definitelly had the Analogman out a few shows before. Seems like he’s still undecided but favoring the Ross.
Love the Hendrix prediction.
Have any photos of the Analogman in action onstage with Trey? Thanks!
Thanks for this informative website. I’m wondering if anyone has any info on what kind of Strat Trey was using. Year, specs, etc. I’m a Strat fanatic and I love the fact that he’s been using one.
Thank again guys. Keep this site going, please! Cheers.
Hi Scooby — I don’t have this information yet, but I’m working on it. Also, I don’t believe (and someone correct me if I’m wrong) that Trey has actually played the Strat yet; so far I think it’s just sitting on stage. Tonight it actually didn’t appear on stage at all as far as I can tell.
I’m geeking out over this Marshall. Thanks, as always, for the getter picture documentation. That he jumpers the JTM is really interesting. His tone for the 10-22 show on Winterqueen was nice and clean, so I’m wondering just how much he has to back off the volume to get a jumpered JTM45 to clean up like that.
I’ll have to go experiment with a JTM45 head now. I’ve switched over a Deluxe a few weeks ago and I’m liking it. Bassier but it’s a firm bass. And at full-open volume on my guitars there’s a decent amount of clipping the signal even without a pedal engaged. I like it.
Waiting, anxiously, for some closeups of those knobs on that JTM and the Deluxe! 😀
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Thanks ircri! I’m working on those closeup photos…
I may have been wrong about the Analogman compressor ….up close pics of the deluxe reverb settings would be amazing! Also not sure if it’s just on my phone but that pic of his pedals on top of the rack…can anyone make out the “more” tubescreamer settings, the tube factor settings and the #loop label on the univibe?
So who else thinks the marshalls, strat and the flamboyant shirts is a sign that they’re doing a Hendrix Halloween? 50th anniversary of Hendrix this October…
Did the sunburst spruce doc get stripped back down to its original top?
It’s still sunburst as far as I know. It’s not in that photo of the guitar rack from this tour.
I’m hearing a zvex lo fi junky sound in treys tone during set one of Halloween. Anyone else hearing this???
Can you point me to the particular timestamp for this? The Whammy II on harmonizer mode will make some really strange sounds; could’ve been this.
So he’s running his whammy before his tubescreamers now? How can you tell? Thought perhaps the wah was in loop 1 since the TS are in 2 and 3, but interesting the whammy is first now as he always ran it after the TS in the past.
Is the compressor in between loops 4 and 5? Not in a loop since it’s always on? Whammy for sure in Loop 1? He used to run the whammy after the Tubescreamers, but it would make sense to have the Tru-Tron before the tubescreamers, so maybe he decided to put the whammy first due to that? Also wondering why he’s got the univibe AFTER the microverb reverse reverb. It also seems most people like their univibe before OD so interesting that Trey runs his after OD.
I think the compressor is at the end, right before the amp, but will confirm.
What makes you think he’s running the comp at the end? … Very odd spot for this pedal.
Trey’s signal chain since time immemorial has been TS9 -> TS9 -> Ross Compressor. He uses the compressor to limit the volume changes as he moves from pedals to no pedals and to add lots of sustain to the TS9 signal for those long, held notes.
@ircri, I know the comp has always been after the TS9s but I think chiachiere meant it’s at the end of the entire chain (after delays, boomerang and verb).
Do you know which JTM45 it is? W/ the Tremelo? Any idea or shot of his settings??
It’s the new JTM45HW. The handwired re-issue. Haven’t seen a good shot of the settings yet, but I can try to get one.
Thank you that would be great. I zoomed into the picture and did some work on th contrast and it looks like trem intensity speed bass and presence are all on 0, Mids about 7, Treble around 6, channel 1 volume 7, channel 2 6 (jumped). A pic to confirm would be great. Any knowledge of mods to these heads or NOS tube replacements?
Also do we know if Trey replaced the Weber Bluedog inside his DR with the purple haze or does the amp still have the Weber inside? I believe he used the DR without an extension cab for the Late Night performance on Fallon
Any updated pictures on the JTM45 Settings? Very curious. Thank you
I agree that it makes sense if the comp is after the dirt, before the modulation. If it was at the very end, obviously the delay trails/loops, etc would also be compressed, and, to my ears, it doesn’t sound like the boomerang, dm2000, and supa puss are compressed.
Are we certain he used the purple haze speakers with the JTM45, or was he already into the G12-65s by then?