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Billie Joe Armstrong is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock band Green Day. Armstrong is often credited with the revival of punk in the early 1990s with Green Day.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong's Guitar Rig!

Billie Joe on guitar

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Guitars

Notes: Billie has a huge collection of guitars, with the majority being Gibson. See Aug 09 Guitar World for pic.

- Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong signature Les Paul Junior single and double cut models:

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric GuitarDISCONTINUED - Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar

- Fernandes Stratocaster (Blue)

- Fender Stratocaster

Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue Rosewood Fretboard

- Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop

- Gibson ES-135 and ES-137 guitars

- Gibson ES-335 and ES-355 guitars

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Historic Dot Reissue - cherry

- Gibson Les Paul Special 59'

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway VOS Electric Guitar

- Gibson Standard SG

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Junior TV 59'

- Fender Telecaster 68'

Fender Classic Series '60s Telecaster Electric Guitar - White

- Fender JazzMaster

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

- Fender Telecaster Custom Shop

- Gibson Les Paul Custom (black)

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

- Gretsch Chet Akins

- 1956 sunburst Gibson Les Paul Junior (used heavily on 21st Century Breakdown)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

- 1952 Fender Esquire  (used heavily on 21st Century Breakdown)

Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar

- Gibson Slash Les Paul Custom

- Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom

- Gibson Flying V (white. Appears to be a Heritage model)

Gibson 2017 Flying V Hp Electric Guitar Ebony

- Gibson DC Junior guitars (yellow)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway VOS Electric Guitar

- Gibson DC Special guitars

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar

- Harmony H59 Rocket Semi-hollow guitar

- Ibanez RG electric guitar

- Fender Jaguar

Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar Electric Guitar

- Gretsch Brian Setzer Hotrod

Gretsch Guitars G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod

- Gretsch Anniversary 65

- Gretsch White Falcon

Gretsch Guitars G6139T-CBDC White Falcon Center Block Double Cutaway with Bigsby

-  '60s Martin GT-70

- Rickenbacker 330 guitar

- Rickenbacker 360 guitar (black)

- Seymour Duncan pickups (Antiquities P90, SH-4, etc...)


 

 

Acoustic Guitars
- Guild D55

Guild D-55 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

- Taylor 514C

Taylor 514ce Mahogany/Cedar Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

- Gibson Everly Brothers acoustic (black. Used for recording AND also seen live)

- Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 signature acoustic guitar

Gibson Billy Joe Armstrong J-180 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- Alvarez Yairi acoustic

- Gibson J-200 acoustic

Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

 

 

Amplifiers and Cabinets
- Marshall Plexi Super Lead 100 WATTS amp head (Dookie and Bradshaw mods)

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Marshall JCM800 amps

Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series 100W Tube Head

- Fender Bassman

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

- Hiwatt Custom 100 watt amp

Hiwatt Custom 7 7w Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Marshall 1960B 4x12 speaker cabinets

Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Victoria Victorilux

- Gibson Les Paul GA-40 amp

- Gibson GA-19RVT Falcon amp

- Divided by 13 amp (used for much of the 21st Century Breakdown recording)

- Sears Silvertone amps (seen in live pics)

- Rivera amp head

- Avalon U5 DI

Avalon Ultra Five Direct Box Instrument Preamplifier

- handwired Vox AC30 head

Vox Hand-Wired AC30HWHD 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head Fawn

- Mojotone

- Custom Audio Electronics 3+ SE guitar tube preamp

 

 

Effects

- Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal (used on 21st Century Breakdown)

Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal

- Boss Blues Driver pedal

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal

- Boss TR-2 Tremolo

Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

- Ibanez CF7

- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- ISP Decimator pedal

ISP Technologies Decimator Noise Reduction Pedal

- Shure R4D+ wireless

- RJM RG-16 switcher and MasterMind MIDI controller

- MXR Carbon Copy (uses this pedal on "Kill the DJ")

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

 

 

Strings and Picks
- Duplex Tortex .76 - .88mm Custom Picks

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

- Ernie Ball Super Slinky Strings

Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Custom Gauge Electric Guitar Strings

- GHS Boomers gauges 10-46 (submitted by user MJ)

GHS GBL Boomers Light 010 Electric Guitar Strings

 


Microphones
- Live Vocal mic: Shure SM58

Shure SM58 Microphone

- Shure wireless mics with Telefunken wireless M-80 head

- Studio Vocal mic: Telefunken U 47 M

- Studio Amp cabinet mics:Shure SM57, Royer R-121, and AKG C414 through Neve 1073 (21st Century Breakdown)


Notes:
- Billie's guitar is a Fernandes Stratocaster copy he calls "Blue". On Nimrod he also used some Gibson's, some old Les Pauls, an ES-355, and ES-135 and a Fender Jaguar. He also made a guitar he call's "Frankenstein" because it is a combination of several different parts purchased at a Fender shop. Has a Seymour Duncan humbucker added to Blue.
- Billie mainly plays through a modified Marshall amp. On Nimrod he used a Fender Bassman, a Hiwatt, and a Leslie. The amp he uses on Dookie is most commenly reffered to as the 'pete' amp and can be seen most noticeably at the Woodstock concert, it has 'pete' written across it.

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