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Adrian Smith is one of the guitar players in Iron Maiden. But we didn't have to tell you that. I've experienced the electrifying show that Adrian Smith and Iron Maiden puts on and let me tell you - if you haven't seen Iron Maiden live, add that on your to-do list. Being one of the guitar gods, Adrian Smith's Guitar Gear and Equipment of course is something a mere mortal like yourself could only dream of having...or is it? Let's see what guitar gear and equipment Adrian has been seen using in his guitar rig....."Your time will come..."

Adrian Smith on guitar

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Guitars

Notes: Smith's preferred guitar is the Fender Stratocaster, though he has used a variety of others over his career including several different Dean models, a custom built Jackson, Ibanez Destroyer, Gibson Les Pauls, a Gibson Explorer and Gibson SGs. On the A Matter of Life and Death DVD he says the first guitar he bought was a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop that cost him £235 when he was 17; he's still using it, and "it's still probably the best guitar I've got". He had to work on a building site all summer to pay for it.  Adrian uses gauge 9 strings and has his action set slightly higher than average.  For his solo work with Bruce Dickinson and with Maiden on occasion, he has used (at least live) a Jackson King V guitar tuned down to D, providing a darker and heavier sound. In the booklet of their album A Matter of Life and Death, Adrian is shown with a custom made two neck Jackson Soloist.

- Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky and SDX (lower cost version) guitars

Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky Electric Guitar - WhiteJackson Adrian Smith SDX

 

- Ibanez Destroyer

- A 1970's Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge pickup and mini-humbucker from a Gibson Firebird)

Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Vos Electric Guitar Antique Gold

- A Fender American Stratocaster with a Floyd Rose tremolo system with a backup Fender.

DISCONTINUED - Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar - sunburst

- An early 70's Gibson SG with a backup Gibson.

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

- Custom jackson strat ("gold top")

 

 

Specifications

For the Fender American Stratocaster:

- Ernie Ball Strings (.009, - .046)

Ernie Ball 2252 Classic Pure Nickel Hybrid Slinky Electric Guitar Strings

- Tuning: Standard (low to high: E A D G B E)

- SRV Texas Special Pickups (neck and middle)

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

- DiMarzio Super Distortion (bridge)

DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Pickup



For the Gibson SG:

- Ernie Ball Strings (.009, - .046)
- Tuning: Drop-D (low to high: D A D G B E)
- Stock Pickups

 

Amplifiers

- Marshall DSL100 amplifier

- Two 300-Watt Marshall 1960A Angled-Front 4x12 Cabs and 1960B cabs

- Loaded with 75-Watt Celestion G12-T75 Speakers

Celestion G12T-75 12

- Two Marshall 30th Anniversary 6100LM 100-Watt All-Tube Heads  (not made anymore)

- Randall Isolation cabs (miced with Shure sm57)

Randall Isolation 12 Speaker CabShure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

 

Effects, controllers and processors
- Dunlop Uni-Vibe Wah Controller

Dunlop Uni-Vibe Control Pedal

- Yamaha MFC10 Midi Foot Controller

Yamaha MFC10 MIDI Footcontroller

- Digitech Whammy Pedal

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- two Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamers (in his 2010 rig)

Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue

- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- Mike Hill B.I.S. Isolation Box

- ADA MP-1 Midi Preamp

- DBX 160X Compressor

dbx 160A Compressor/Limiter

- Marshall 9200 Dual MonoBlock Power Amp

- Marshall JMP-1 Midi Preamp

- TC Electronic 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay

- Korg A-4 Midi Footswitch

- Lexicon MX200 (controlled by Yamaha MFC10)

- old Yamaha Flanger


Units and tuners
- Shure U4 Wireless Receiver

Shure ULXS14 Wireless Instrument System

- Whirlwind Multi-Selector 4-Channel Selector

Whirlwind Selector A/B Box

- Dunlop DCR-1SR Rack Wah

Dunlop Cry Baby Rack Wah

- Peavey Tubefex Tube Preamp & Multi-Fx Unit

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