In this very first issue of RockView Rig Rundown we catch up with California rockers Buckcherry. We will be taking an inside look at the gear they use while out on the road as well as in the studio. We will also be sitting down with guitarist Stevie D.
Billy Rowe’s Rig Rundown
Rock N Roll Relics Revenge Model – single dog ear ‘Seymour Duncan’ silencer
Rock N Roll Relics Revenge Model – DiMarzio 36 anniversary PAF’s
Rock N Roll Relics Lightning Model – DiMarzio 36 anniversary PAF
Rock N Roll Relics Blackheart Model – Seymour Duncan antiquity
Rock N Roll Relics Starfighter Model – TV Jones powertron
Amps & Cabinets:
Marshall 1978 JMP 100 Watt
Friedman Dirty Shirley 45 Watt.
(2) Marshall 1960 reissue cabinets loaded with 65 Watt Celestions.
Dunlop Cry Baby Auto Return wah
MXR Analog Chorus
Solodallas Shaffer Replica Storm
MXR CAE Boost
MXR Vintage Octave
MXR Phase 95
MXR Carbon Copy
MXR CAE buffer
DigiTech Polyphonic Drop Pedal
Shure pedal wireless
Kelly Lemieux’s Rig Rundown
Basses: (not pictured)
Spector Forte 4 Helium
Spector NS 4 Relic
Spector 4X limited edition Euro
Amps & Cabinets:
Aguilar Tone Hammer 700
Aguilar DB 412 cabinet
Tech 21 dUg Pinnick Distortion
Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra reverb
RRR: What was the first guitar you ever owned?
STEVIE: My first guitar was a Ibanez TF200, which was Ibanez copying the Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. I played it for several years and then traded it for a Gibson Explorer.
RRR:What piece of gear contributes the most to your tone?
STEVIE: I would say my tone is from a Les Paul or a SG into a Marshall style amp. That’s what you’re gonna hear on the albums and that’s what you hear live. Right now I am running a Friedman, which is basically a JCM800 circuit. I’m also running simultaneously a Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII. That’s the bulk of my tone.
RRR: What tunings do you use?
STEVIE: We use several different tunings in this camp. It’s usually Eb Standard, but a song like Lit Up or Slammin is in open G. We use open E in a song called Carousel.
RRR: Do you have a practice routine?
STEVIE: Usually now that I’m older I need to warm up considerably. I’ll spend the first half hour with the tv on in the front lounge and just do some stretching and bending exercises and maybe some wide phrasing.
RRR: Who was your biggest influence when learning guitar?
STEVIE: When I was growing up started taking this seriously it was Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young and Jimmy Page. If I had to pick one and looked back at my playing it’s probably Angus Young, but when I was a kid I hailed Jimi Hendrix the most.
RRR: Did you ever play any instruments other than guitar?
STEVIE: I started on piano as a kid and then by the time I was in junior high I switched to trumpet. Right around there I also paired up with guitar. And all instruments my mom made me play. I didn’t want play any of them. Fast forward I get into high school and I’m playing hockey and everyone else is getting bigger except me. Well we all started to chase girls and I played at a party and I noticed a lot of girls were liking it. Well I had my heartbroken and them out all my efforts into guitar learning Randy Rhoads and Yngwie Malmsteen. I just wanted to shred! That’s when I made guitar playing my own and not for my mom.
Stevie D’s Rig Rundown
2007 Gibson ES-355
2008 Gretsch 6120 with TV Jones Brian Setzer Pickups
1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom
2017 Sully 92
Friedman Dirty Shirley 45
Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII
Electro Harmonix POG2
MXR Analog Chorus
Dunlop Echoplex Delay
MXR Sugar Drive
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
We would like to thank Buckcherry for being a part of the RockView Rig Rundown