Trey brought out a substantial revision to the rig on the last night of TAB’s 2017 fall tour, including re-introduction of the Envelope Filter, removal of a Tube Screamer, and a return to using both Komets, one for Fender-style tones, and one for a more aggressive, Marshall-style sound. Details below.
Amplification: Trainwreck Komet 60 (x2) — 1 of these amps is labeled “Main” and “6L6” and the other is labeled “Marsh,” “Spare,” and “EL-34.” The second amp appears to be no longer treated as a pure backup, but instead brings different tones into the mix, as was the case when Trey first introduced the Komets at 2016 NYE.
Cabinets: 2 Komet Ambikabs. Each Komet has its own dedicated Ambikab, and each Ambikab has its own Supa Puss and Eventide Space Reverb effects loop.
Guitars: Koa #1. Koa 2 is on stage as backup.
Floor Pedals:Boomerang, Whammy II, CAE RS-10 Audio Switcher (see here for signal chain), Crybaby Wah, Ernie Ball Volume, Boss FS-5 switches (see breakdown below).
Rack Pedals: 1 x TS-808; Shin-ei Uni-Vibe; Beigel Tru-Tron3x Envelope Filter; Klon Centaur; Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M Analog Delay. Atop the Ambikabs are 2 x Eventide Space Reverbs and 2 x Way Huge Supa Puss delays.
Rack (from top): Furman Power Conditioner, Korg DTR-2 Tuner, Ibanez DM-2000, 3 x CAE 4×4.
Mics: Trey’s rig is mic’d by a Shure SM-57 and a Royer SF-12. Trey also uses SE GuitarF Reflexion Filters to isolate these mics.
Below, you can see the newly updated rack pedals. Note that Trey is down to a single Tube Screamer for the first time since early 1.0. The Klon Centaur is back, as is the Tru-Tron 3x Envelope Filter. You can also see in this show the markings on each Komet amp.
Below, you get a detailed look at the Boss FS-5 footswitches and CAE controller. Note the new signal chain. Also note that there are two switches labeled “KILL” and two switches labeled “PUSS TAP,” as there are now separate, fully independent effects loops for each Komet/Ambikab. Above and to the right of the CAE is an FS-5 labeled BYPASS DM-2000, which is necessary because the DM-2000 shares a loop with the Boomerang.
Below is the rest of the floor array, including Wah, Whammy II, and Boomerang.
As you can see below, each Komet/Ambikab has a separate and fully independent effects loop. Each Ambikab also is double-mic’d, one for the dry signal and one for the wet, and each mic has an SE Electronics GuitaRF Reflection Filter. Note the Ambikab on the right is labeled “MAIN 6L6.” Finally, to the left of the guitar (Koa 1), you can see a footswitch labeled “TALK TO BAND.” It attaches to a microphone that allows Trey to silently communicate with his band.
Below is the full rig from front:
That Tru-Tron is new! This one says Mu-Tron, when the old one from GD50 says Tru-Tron. I have one that says Mu-Tron too! I called Mu-Fx when I received mine to inquire about the Mu-Tron label. They said I bought one of the last 30 or so Tru-Tron’s and they only had units they made for the European/international market left. In those markets they were allowed to use the Mu-Tron name but in the States they couldn’t.
I wonder if Mu-Fx had a few left in a seceret stash? Or, maybe Trey paid some of the crazy prices I’ve seen out there? I think there is a Mu-Tron labeled one on ebay for $1400 or some shit! Crazy!
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Interesting. Hadn’t noticed that!
Quick question: does Trey not have the pedal enabling speed control for the Univibe connected? Did he ever use it? Also, when did he stop using the Leslie?
I haven’t seen the speed control in quite some time. He doesn’t use the Leslie on TAB tour these days — just with Phish.
Thanks for the update!
Any insight into why he dropped the second tubescreamer and how he’s using the Klon?
Is the Klon more for low gain and TS for higher? Or perhaps the TS for “less” and then stacked with the Klon for more?
Univibe still after drives even after the Symphony Chain where it was before? Any reason?
As far as the ts808 it’s prob cause komet amps are very responsive to the volume pot on guitars much like a Trainwreck. So for clean trey probably rolls the volume back to clean up the tone however the volume stays relatively consistent. So the feel of the two ts9s is not ocomplished by a dirty amp tone with the gtr volume full out and the 808. May be wrong but i think the mark3 or two was set cleaner and then you needed the stacked ts9s for the same effect. Also the komet prob compresses way nicer than the others and two would be a bit of overkill and take away some of the amps dynamics.
I assume one of your descriptions of the gain structure is correct; not sure which, but looking in to it.
Re: Univibe: unclear why he switched back.
Hi – I’m wondering what he’s using the Volume Pedal for. I haven’t seen him actually use it in the 2000s and it’s always set way over to the side. Maybe it’s for an acoustic?
My guess would be fore swells when making loops but I’ve seen him use the volume on his gtr too.
I’m curious how he’s controlling the main Eventide on his rack. I didn’t see any aux or midi pedals that he is using to turn it on/off or change presents. Did he not use it but leave it there because he’s experimenting with the rig again and might end up using it again? I ask because he removed the TS he wasn’t using to make room for the Tron, and if he wasn’t using the Eventide, the Klon would fit right there. This is one of the weirdest changes I’ve seen. Only one TS?!
I agree, it’s unique. He had midi controllers for the Eventides early on, but now I believe he controls it by hand.
Any insight as to how he sets the Supa puss and Space Reverb (plate it seems?) in the Wet section? Any audio/video examples where the ambience from the Wet AmbiKab can be heard clearly? Would love to know more about this and hear it more clearly. Thanks!
I’d love to hear it clearly, too. I think it’d be very hard to isolate unless you heard Trey playing by himself.
Any idea why there’s pieces of wood attached to the midi controller? Is that because he doesn’t use presets?
Yes. Those are for banks and presets. Trey uses it more like a True Bypass looper where each unit (or sometimes more than 1 unit) is in its own loop.