I came across Premier Guitar‘s Rig Rundown video of Dream Theater’s John Petrucci. I know there are a few Dream Theater fans out there that read EffectsBay.com so I thought I would re-post the video and break down the pedal board here as well. Some points that I thought were interesting on the video were the faux-stacks on stage. I know a lot of acts do this, but it still seems pretty goofy to me. Interesting that he has the cabs off stage isolated. This definitely is the best method to avoid stage bleed, etc and to get the amps cranked while giving the sound guy complete control. Using in-ear monitors gives the perfect mix, but I definitely can relate to not ‘feeling’ the air move from the cabs. To remedy this, John has kicker speakers next to his pedals (where he rests his foot) and in the 2×12 cabs on the backline. That way he can feel some air moving and some vibration from the guitar. Interesting technique!
Here is the video by Premier Guitar:
This is the breakdown..
On the rack:
Keely Mod Tubescream TS9DX FLEXI-4X2
Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter
MXR EVH-117 Flanger
Carl Martin Compressor Limiter
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power
Loop GRX 4 Axess Switching system
Possibly a older Ibanez TS808 on the B rig. I couldn’t get a great look at that pedal.
I thought it was also interesting that the Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter was the winner of his own personal compressor shoot out. I’ve definitely seen those around for a good price on occasion.
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