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Thread started 04/28/17 8:10pm

rogifan

Prince's pedalboard

Nice photo of his pedalboard (3RDEYEGIRL era) in the Paisley Park guitar & bass book.

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Reply #1 posted 04/28/17 8:46pm

SquirrelMeat

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Takumi was on a PP panel last week and he said Prince was really east to set up for, as he had one preferred set up. He also said that, on occasion, Prince would ask to achieve sound beyond the current technology, but 9 times out of 10, he was right that it could be acheived, and everyone that worked for him found skills they never knew they had.

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Reply #2 posted 04/29/17 12:26am

MiceElfAgin

Thanks for the pics!
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Might be interesting to note that on these photos he's got the MM4 set to the phaser effect, as opposed to the tri chorus mode he's been using on it previously. (But of course he could switch this during shows too, if he wanted to.)
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Also: some of the pedals have been replaced with slightly different models. The Whammy is now the 5th gen. (current) version, which is indeed much better than previous models.

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The Boss OC-2 pictured here is an earlier (Japanese) edition than what he was pictured with on previous tours. The name on this is 'Octaver' as opposed to 'Octave' on later models.
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The BF-2 here is also an earlier version (with black knobs) than the BF-2 (with white knobs) he was using previously.
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The DD-6 is a more recent pedal than the DD-3 he was using previously.
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Another thing worth noting is that most knobs on the pedals are left in the position Prince has often set them to. To me that's a reassuring sign that perhaps the museum staff really treats Prince's gear with respect and they are not playing around twisting knobs and banging on instruments.
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Reply #3 posted 04/29/17 1:39am

JudasLChrist

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What are the silver boxes on the top left?

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Reply #4 posted 04/29/17 2:25am

PRNelson

Wish we could order this book to the UK
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Reply #5 posted 04/29/17 2:44am

MiceElfAgin

JudasLChrist said:

What are the silver boxes on the top left?

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They look like signal splitters to me, but not 100% sure.

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Reply #6 posted 04/29/17 6:36am

tab32792

It's also worth noting the last 3 years he stopped using Boogie amps. He was using unmarked custom Soldano amp heads with mesa Boogie 4x12 cabs.
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Reply #7 posted 04/29/17 6:36am

crimesofparis

MiceElfAgin said:



JudasLChrist said:


What are the silver boxes on the top left?



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They look like signal splitters to me, but not 100% sure.


That was my thought as well. B
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Reply #8 posted 04/29/17 6:38am

crimesofparis

Man, he's not messing around with the ds-2 there. Cranked!
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Reply #9 posted 04/29/17 6:41am

tab32792

I'm a gear freak so I'm loving this photo. His board has been the same for most of his career. For somebody who could do so much with the guitar he didn't use boutique amps or pedals. Used affordable stuff. You could easily copy his sound if you play with the settings but you'd never REALLY sound like Prince lol they hate his gear in guitar forums cause it's so simple.
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Reply #10 posted 04/29/17 7:59am

rogifan

Thanks for the information everyone. I'm not a guitar player and don't know a thing about pedalboards so this is helpful.
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Reply #11 posted 04/29/17 8:05am

rogifan

tab32792 said:

I'm a gear freak so I'm loving this photo. His board has been the same for most of his career. For somebody who could do so much with the guitar he didn't use boutique amps or pedals. Used affordable stuff. You could easily copy his sound if you play with the settings but you'd never REALLY sound like Prince lol they hate his gear in guitar forums cause it's so simple.

The archivist said most of his jewelry was costume and he didn't have many expensive designer sunglasses either. I love hearing that.
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Reply #12 posted 04/29/17 8:35am

ian

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Must order that book as soon as PP sort out international shipping.

What I'd really love to see is photos of his setup throughout his career, for each tour etc. I bet you could almost guess the album from the stomp boxes lined up.

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Reply #13 posted 04/29/17 10:37am

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What's sticking up in the back of the pedal power with the symbol on it? An extra pick?

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Reply #14 posted 04/29/17 10:39am

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purplepoppy said:

What's sticking up in the back of the pedal power with the symbol on it? An extra pick?

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Reply #15 posted 04/29/17 10:51am

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Guitarhero said:

purplepoppy said:

What's sticking up in the back of the pedal power with the symbol on it? An extra pick?

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Alert the Lovejunky and lemoncrush19 for the symbol thread. cop

Brand new boogie without the hero.
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Reply #16 posted 04/29/17 9:19pm

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purplepoppy said:

Guitarhero said:

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Alert the Lovejunky and lemoncrush19 for the symbol thread. cop

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Got it...smile

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Reply #17 posted 04/30/17 1:49am

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SquirrelMeat said:

Takumi was on a PP panel last week and he said Prince was really east to set up for, as he had one preferred set up. He also said that, on occasion, Prince would ask to achieve sound beyond the current technology, but 9 times out of 10, he was right that it could be acheived, and everyone that worked for him found skills they never knew they had.

Another example of P OutofWordly! haha cool lol

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Reply #18 posted 04/30/17 3:43pm

GaryMF

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any of the books get into the keyboard gear?

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Reply #19 posted 04/30/17 4:48pm

GustavoRibas

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COOL! Thanks!

I always wondered if he used the Blues Driver to boost the Turbo Distortion or if he used them in different wayd. Does anybody know?

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Reply #20 posted 05/01/17 12:10am

JudasLChrist

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GaryMF said:

any of the books get into the keyboard gear?


That would be the book. I want thorough break downs of that PR drumkit, too.

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Reply #21 posted 05/01/17 3:53am

MiceElfAgin

GustavoRibas said:

COOL! Thanks!

I always wondered if he used the Blues Driver to boost the Turbo Distortion or if he used them in different wayd. Does anybody know?

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Most probably he's always used BD as a boost when using the DS-2.
The DS is too dry on its own.

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Reply #22 posted 05/01/17 11:42am

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MiceElfAgin said:

Most probably he's always used BD as a boost when using the DS-2.
The DS is too dry on its own.

Agree. That was my first guess.

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Reply #23 posted 05/01/17 8:45pm

GaryMF

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JudasLChrist said:

GaryMF said:

any of the books get into the keyboard gear?


That would be the book. I want thorough break downs of that PR drumkit, too.

Drum and drum machine kit! smile

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Reply #24 posted 05/01/17 9:23pm

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GaryMF said:

JudasLChrist said:


That would be the book. I want thorough break downs of that PR drumkit, too.

Drum and drum machine kit! smile

Exactly... and drum synthesizer. Please tells us all about the mysteries of SYNCUSSION, especially settings.

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Reply #25 posted 05/01/17 9:33pm

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JudasLChrist said:

GaryMF said:

Drum and drum machine kit! smile

Exactly... and drum synthesizer. Please tells us all about the mysteries of SYNCUSSION, especially settings.

I thought I knew all about the drum achnes (I own a Linndrumm LM2) but I have no idea what yuo're talking about here!!! Is this a 90s thing?

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Reply #26 posted 05/01/17 11:07pm

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GaryMF said:

JudasLChrist said:

Exactly... and drum synthesizer. Please tells us all about the mysteries of SYNCUSSION, especially settings.

I thought I knew all about the drum achnes (I own a Linndrumm LM2) but I have no idea what yuo're talking about here!!! Is this a 90s thing?

No, not at all! It was purely a Revolution/Bobby thing... Going back to at least the Controversy tour. You'll notice there are some drum sounds that are not Simmons Drums or LM-1. Big wooshes or trippy toms. It's on the Albums, too.

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Reply #27 posted 05/02/17 5:06am

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tab32792 said:

I'm a gear freak so I'm loving this photo. His board has been the same for most of his career. For somebody who could do so much with the guitar he didn't use boutique amps or pedals. Used affordable stuff. You could easily copy his sound if you play with the settings but you'd never REALLY sound like Prince lol they hate his gear in guitar forums cause it's so simple.

Because he actually knew how to play the damn thing, he didn't need a fancy setup. Sorry, kids, that's what 8 hours of practice every day for 50 years will do for you. Try learning your instrument, fools! lol

Also, that thing looks plenty complicated to me, but then I don't play guitar in any form, so... yanno. biggrin

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Reply #28 posted 05/02/17 8:40am

tab32792

Exactly. I read that somebody built him a huge rack setup with a midi controller in the mid-late 80's and he hated it. But at the same time he used drum machines and a Fairlight synthesizer lol. He liked technology but when it came to a lot of things he was simple...shockingly.
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Reply #29 posted 05/02/17 8:50am

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tab32792 said:

Exactly. I read that somebody built him a huge rack setup with a midi controller in the mid-late 80's and he hated it. But at the same time he used drum machines and a Fairlight synthesizer lol. He liked technology but when it came to a lot of things he was simple...shockingly.


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