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Leeds & Reading Festival 2008: Six Of The Best Bands & Their Gear

Published: Fri August 22, 2008  News Feed

Here's a look at some of the bands that'll be the highlight of this year's Leeds & Reading Festival, and what gear they use.

Rage Against The Machine

Making an astonishing comeback, RATM will rock this year's festival! Tom Morello is widely regarded as one of the best and most inovative guitarists ever. He uses several custom made guitars, including Fender Stratocasters, Telecasters and a Hollowbody Ibanez  made for him, which includes on-board effects. 

Some of his most memorable moments have been achieved with the use of the classic Digitech Whammy pedal. He also won't leave home without a Dunlop Wah, MXR Phase 90, DOD FX-40 Equalizer (for solo boost - equalizers are great for that), Boss TR-2 Tremolo, Ibanez DFL Flanger  and a Boss DD2 Digital Delay (discontinued, replaced by the classic Boss DD3, which is amazingly still popular!)

His amplification is a Marshall JCM800 and a Peavey 4x12 cab.

Queens Of The Stone Age

Fans have always been curious about Josh Homme's QOTSA tones, but Homme never liked discussing his gear in interviews. He uses many different guitars such as: Ovation Ultra GP, Epiphone Dot, Matons and a Yamaha Troy Van Leeuwen signature model.

Some of his FX include: Boss GEB-7 Equalizer, Dunlop QZ-1 Crybaby Q-Zone, Electro Harmonix POG, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal plus some more boutique gear such as SIB Echodrive and Fulltone pedals. His main amps are vintage Ampeg VT-22 combos. Fuzz and alternate tunings are de rigueur.

The Enemy

Those newcomers have already won awards and scored a #1 album with their debut, "We'll Live And Die In These Towns". They favour a raw punk sound that makes us think of The Jam. guitarist Tom Clarke uses Fender Telecasters and Fender Blues Deluxe amps. At their recent US debut gig, playing at the Lollapalooza festival, Clarke injured his finger playing his guitar and carried on...bleeding everywhere. So expect a passionate set at Leeds/ reading!


Despite the controversy that surrounds everything Pete Doherty does, Babyshambles are a bona fide rock band who care about their sound and have an impeccable taste in musical gear, which includes:  Vox AC-30 amps, Fender Jazzmaster (former guitarist Patrick Walden),  Rickenbacker 330 (current guitarist Mick Whitnall), Fender Telecasters and, in Pete's case, a passion for the vintage Epiphone Coronet. Bassist Drew McConnell plays a Fender P-Bass and uses Ampeg Amps and a Big Muff.

The Killers

Singer Brandon Flowers also plays keyboards and have been seen using the Nord Lead 2 and the MicroKorg.  As for guitarist Dave Keuning, his gear includes: Fender Hot Rod Deville amp, Boss DD-6 Delay, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal , Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, two  Ibanez Tube Screamers on different settings, and a Digitech Whammy amongst other pedals. To play their anthemic songs, Dave uses a variety of guitars which include a Gibsono Explorer and a Gretsch White Falcon.

The Kills

WhereasThe Killers are anthemic, The Kills walk on the wild side. This bassist-free duo has a great sound, thanks to Jamie Hince guitar sound - which mixes weird delay sounds (using two Boss Digital Delays) and two Electro Harmonix POG, pedals, to make bass sounds. They also love vintage guitars and the sound of the ever-reliable Vox AC-30 amps. Read The Kills Gear Guide on our Guitar Blog.

Other highlights of the year include: Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, The Subways, The Cribs, Metallica, The Last Shadow Puppets and The Wombats...view full line-up here.



The Digitech Whammy is the legendary pedal used by guitar heroes such as Tom Morrello Jonny Greenwood, Jack White, The Edge, Matt Bellamy and many others. 

Digitech Whammy for bargain price

But what is the Whammy?

The DigiTech Whammy is a pitch-shifter effects pedal which gives musicians the ability to shift the pitch of their electric guitar up or down in real time by rocking a treadle pedal up and down with their foot, similar to how a wah pedal affects the tone of a guitar based on the position of the treadle.


It is controlled by a rocker and a single rotary knob, from which 16 presets could be selected; five "Whammy" effects, nine "Harmony" effects, and two "Detune" effects.

Harmony effects
Second up - third up
Minor third up - third up
Third up - fourth up
Fourth up - fifth up
Fifth up - sixth up
Fifth up - seventh up
Fourth down - third down
Fifth down - Fourth down
One octave down - one octave up



Detune effects

Whammy effects
One octave up
Two octaves up
Two semi-tones down
One octave down
Two octaves down



Notable users
Notable musicians who have made use of the WH-1 Whammy include:

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
Buckethead (most notably on his song "Jordan")
Steve Vai.
Joe Satriani.
The Edge of U2.
David Bryant of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.
Dimebag Darrell of Pantera.
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
Kirk Hammett of Metallica.
Jack White of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs
Michael Angelo Batio
Herman Li
Matthew Bellamy of Muse

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