My Chemical Romance: Frank Iero's Killer Orange Rig!
Rhythm and co-lead guitarist of My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero has been performing since the tender age of 11 when he began playing in bands in his hometown of New Jersey.
In the early days of My Chemical Romance, Iero was known for his collection of impressive guitars, including a Gibson SG, and the famous White Epiphone Les Paul, nicknamed “Pansy”. Pansy unfortunately suffered an early demise on stage with Iero and the guitarist upgraded to playing Gibson Les Paul’s with the unusual feature of a removed neck pickup.
Iero, in addition to being in the world-famous alternative rock band MCR, is the frontman of hardcore-punk quintet Leathermouth, who formed in 2007. Performing all over the world with tens of thousands of screaming fans, Iero and the band need some serious heavy duty equipment to amplify their talents.
Being an endorsee of Orange Amplifiers, Iero has a whole lot of Orange gear filling up his performance rig. Iero has living backstage, probably the mother of all guitar rigs, consisting of multiple amp heads including an Orange Rockerverb 100 and an absolute sea of various effects pedals. The pedals featured in this killer rig, are stored away out of the audience’s sight but are in a permanent state of “ready to rock” as they’re hooked up to a MasterMind MIDI Foot Controller, by RJM Music Technology Inc. So if you’ve got some seriously powerful pedal rigs that you need to channel, you might want to look into getting yourself a MasterMind controller, because trust us, if it can handle Iero’s rig, it can handle anything.
Since first experiencing the glory of Orange, Iero claims that he just loved the distorted tone the amps produced and according to the guitarist, his orange rig is the “bread and butter” of everything we hear from him.
In addition to the incredibly powerful Rockerverb 100 amp head, Iero uses two 4x12 Orange PPC142 amp cabs, and these are what take the fall for all the brawn his gear produces. Iero says that the Orange amps are a lot crisper and have a lot more gain than the equipment he has used in the past, and they simply “work well for what he’s doing."
Iero Gives us a Tour of his Rig