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Mike Einziger from Incubus

By Rick Okie

WHAT'S IN MIKE EINZIGER'S INCUBUS GUITAR RIG?

Between guitar lessons, students at VideoGuitarLessons.com ask us what guitar rigs their favorite guitar players use. Guitar School will be presenting GUITAR RIG OF THE WEEK in this space to supplement the online guitar lessons we offer.

The Guitars that Einziger uses with Incubus

The garnliest guitar rig we could find belonged to Mike Einziger of Incubus. Einziger's clear, cutting sound is deceptively simple. His guitars are Paul Reed Smith creations a 90's Custom 24 and a 90's archtop. His amp is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Tremoverb with two 4x12 cabinets, in which Mike has replaced the original speakers with 30 watt Celestions.

Einziger's Pedal Board

But it's Einziger's pedal board that's crazy. In no particular order, Mike uses: a Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere; two Boss PH2 Super Phasers; a DOD FX13 Gonkulator Ring Modulator; a Boss RV3 Reverb/Delay; an MXR Phaser; a DOD FX25 Envelope Filter; a Boss CS3 Compressor Sustainer; a DOD FX75 Flanger Pedal; a Boss GE7 Graphic Equalizer; a Boss OC3 Octave Pedal; and an EbTech Hum Eliminator Box.

Where's the Guitar Lesson?

Where's the guitar lesson in this for the rest of us? Clearly Mike Einziger has built this pedal board up over time, adding items as they cross his radar. I'm particularly amused by the two Boss PH2 Super Phasers. I can see Incubus sitting in rehearsal and Einziger wondering, "What would it sound like if I put a phased signal through a second phaser?" Listen to his guitar rig's awesome tone for the results.

The Questions to ask during your Guitar Lessons

So when taking your guitar lessons, be thinking innovatively. Ask weird questions - "what if" questions. Try things. Don't settle for presets or safe combinations. Become the next Incubus and we'll be writing about you and your guitar rig!



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