Trey Anastasio's Guitar Equipment, tour-by-tour.

Trey’s Signal Chain

The current signal chain, as of the end of TAB 2017 fall tour (11/4/2017) is as follows:

Guitar –> Custom Audio Electronics 4X4 switchers (loops 1-8 below) –> Eventide Space Reverb –>

(1) Komet Trainwreck 60 amp (6L6) –> Ambikab speaker cabinet (6L6)

(2) Komet Trainwreck 60 amp (EL-34) –> Ambikab speaker cabinet (EL-34)

CAE switcher loops:

Loop 1: Whammy II & Wah
Loop 2: Klon Centaur
Loop 3: TS-808
Loop 4: Mutron
Loop 5:  Univibe
Loop 6:  Moog MF-104M
Loop 7:  Boomerang & DM-2000*
Loop 8:  Marshall (this switches to the EL-34 Komet and Ambikab)

Each Ambikab’s effects loop runs to an Eventide Space Reverb and a Supa-Puss analog delay, which run to the cab’s 8″ speakers, while the 12″ inch speakers run the dry signal.

*There are MOD and HOLD buttons on the CAE at top right; the FS-5 above and to the right of the CAE bypasses the DM-2000, since it shares a switcher space with the Boomerang.  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.

The photo below reflects this signal chain:

CAE FS-5 detail


The signal chain for Northerly Island 2017 through most of 2017 TAB Fall Tour was as follows:

Guitar –> Custom Audio Electronics 4X4 switchers (loops 1-8 below) –> Komet Trainwreck 60 amps –> Ambikab speaker cabinet

CAE switcher loops:

Loop 1: Whammy II & Wah
Loop 2: Ross (replaced with Victoria Reverberato before Baker’s Dozen)
Loop 3: TS-9 (less)
Loop 4: TS-808 (more)
Loop 5:  Univibe
Loop 6:  Moog MF-104M
Loop 7:  Boomerang & DM-2000*
Loop 8:  Eventide Space #1

The Ambikab’s effects loop runs to a second Eventide Space Reverb and the Supa-Puss analog delay, which run to the cab’s 8″ speakers, while the 12″ inch speakers run the dry signal.

*There are MOD and HOLD buttons on the CAE at top right; the FS-5 above and to the right of the CAE bypasses the DM-2000, since it shares a switcher space with the Boomerang.

The photo below reflects this signal chain:

CAE numbered


The previous  signal chain (starting MSG 2016-17) was as follows:

Languedoc Guitar –> Dunlop GCB-95 Wah –> Custom Audio Electronics 4X4 switchers (loops 1-8 below) –> Komet Trainwreck 60 amps.

Loop #1: Digitech Whammy 2 / Beigel Tru-Tron 3X
Loop #2: Klon
Loop #3: Ibanez TS-808 “less” distortion
Loop #4: Ibanez TS-808 “more” distortion
Loop #5: Alesis Microverb
Loop #6: Shin Ei Univibe
Loop #7: Boomerang Phrase Sampler ver 1. / Ibanez DM-2000 digital delay
Loop #8: Way Huge Supa Puss analog delay

The above is confirmed by the photos below, the first of which is Riviera Maya 2017 and the second is MSG NYE 2016-17:

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In the above MSG picture, you can see the signal chain pretty clearly laid out, although the order is confusing.  There are three rows of buttons, with the top row having four and the other two rows having three, as follows:

1 WHAMMY/MU — 7 BOOM/DM2000 — MOD (DM2000) — HOLD (DM2000)

4 MORE — 6 UNIVIBE — 5 MICRO

2 KLON — 3 LESS — 8 PUSS


The signal chain (as of Fall 2016) was 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 (replaced with vintage TS-808 as of NYE 20216-17)
Loop #3: Ibanez TS-9 “more” distortion (TS-808, 12/2016)
Loop #4: Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor (replaced with Klon Centaur, 12/2016)
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

In the photo below, you can see black stickers with white writing that correspond to the loops outlined above:

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We know this is at least somewhat different from signal chains of yore.  The famed “DIJ/CRAP” loop is no longer in existence.


In the rig rundown that Phish published in early 2013, DIJ/CRAP was still in place, and Trey explained that the DIJ/CRAP button gave him access to the Boomerang and the TC Electronics delay.  He suggested it may have included the Tremolo as well, though he was unclear on that point.  In the screengrab from that video, below, you can see a somewhat different layout.  That layout appears to be:

Loop #1: Ibanez DM-2000 digital delay
Loop #2: MOD (controls the MOD feature on the DM2000)
Loop #3: HOLD (controls the HOLD feature on the DM2000)
Loop #4: Alesis Microverb
Loop #5: DIJ/CRAP (Boomerang Phrase Sampler; Whammy II)
Loop #6: Black Cat Univibe (pre-Shin Ei)

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