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The Edge, is a musician, known best as the guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist for the Irish rock band U2. His distinctive electric guitar timbre and percussive style of playing, along with his innovative use of digital sound processing — delay in particular — have helped define U2's unique sound.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in U2's The Edge Guitar Rig.

The Edge with U2 on guitar

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Guitars

- Gibson 2005 and 2006 "Music Rising" Les Pauls

- Gibson 1976 Explorers (x2)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar

- Fender Stratocasters (black, sunburst)

Fender 2012 American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard - Sunburst

- Gibson 1973 Cream Les Paul Custom

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

Note: The Edge donated his cream Les Paul Custom to an auction to benefit Music Rising.  Gibson then created an exact 2008 custom shop replica for him.


- Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

Gibson Custom 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Electric Guitar - P90s

- Gibson Les Paul Standard (cream)

- Gibson 1966 Cherry SG Les Paul Standard

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

- Fender 1966 and 1969 Cream Telecasters w/Maple Neck

Fender Classic Series '60s Telecaster Electric Guitar - White

- Fender Jaguar

Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar Electric Guitar

- Gretsch 1963 and 1968 Chet Atkins Walnut Country Gentleman guitars. Also a 2009 one with Piezo

Gretsch Guitars G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

- Gretsch White Falcon

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

- Gretsch 2009 Black G6136 Falcon w/Fishman Piezo Acoustic System

- Line 6 2005 Variax 700 Modelling Guitar (red and black)

- Epiphone 1962 Sunburst Casino and a 1964 one with a Bigsby

Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino

- Epiphone Sheraton

Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar

- Gibson 2006 Blonde Pete Townshend model SJ-200 Acoustic/Electric

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- Fernandes 2003 Native Sustain Guitar
- Fernandes 2009 Retro Rocket Sustain Guitar
- Gibson ES-175

Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar

- Gibson ES-330
- Gibson ES-335TD (sunburst)

Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish - Sunburst

- Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe
- Gibson Byrdland

Gibson Custom Gibson Byrdland Guitar

- Washburn/Taylor Acoustics
- Yamaha CP70 (Keyboard)/Piano
- Fender 1975 Brown Custom Telecaster
- Fender 1968 Tobacco Stratocaster (Rosewood Neck)
- Fender 1973 Cream Stratocaster (Maple Neck)
- Fender 1975 Blonde Telecaster (Rosewood Neck)
- Fender 1974 Black Telecaster (Maple Neck)
- Fender 1973, 1974 and 1976 Black Stratocasters (Maple Necks)
- Fender 1994 Arctic White Telecaster (Japan version)
- Fender 2009 Sunburst American Vintage '52 Telecaster (Piezo)

Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar - Butterscotch Blonde

- Gretsch 1959 Sunburst 6101 Country Club
- Gibson 1965 Pelham Blue SG Les Paul Standard
- Gibson 2008 Sunburst SJ-200 Acoustic/Electric

Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- Gibson 2008 Blonde SJ-200 Acoustic/Electric
- Gibson 2005 Sunburst J-45 Acoustic Electric

Gibson 2016 J-45 Standard Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

- Martin 1972 and 2009 model Natural D12-28 Acoustic/Electric

Martin D12-28 12-String Dreadnought Guitar

- Epiphone 1966 Sunburst Texan Acoustic/Electric
- MOOG 2009 MG-001 Tobacco Sunburst Sustain Guitar
- Rickenbacker 1966 Fireglo 330-12 (x2)
- Rickenbacker 1967 Maple Rickenbacker 330-12 (x2)
- Rickenbacker 1968 Black 325
- Line 6 Variax Acoustic (Vertigo tour. Custom paint)

 

 

 

Amps and Cabinets
Vox AC30 - his 1964 AC30 has been used to record every single U2 album and has been used for every single concert. He has said in interviews that he owns over thirty AC30's.

On the 2009 tour, he was seen with:

- 1964 VOX AC30TB Grey Panel
- 1970's VOX AC30TB Grey Panel
- 1972 VOX AC30TB Grey Panel
- 1974 VOX AC30TB Red Panel

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp


- Fender Deluxe Tweed (1957, 1958, 1959 models were on 2009 tour with him)

Fender 57 Deluxe 12W 1x12 Combo Amp

- Fender Blues Jr

Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior NOS 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Roland JC120

Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

- 1956 Fender Harvard

- 2008 Marshall 50Watt 1987X Amp Head (on 2009 tour with him)

Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head

- 1966 4 X 12" Closed Back Cabinet w/Celestion Vintage Speakers (Mick Ralphs')

 

 

Effects Pedals and Rack

Here is the Gear said to be in The Edge's 2009 tour Guitar Rig (in close to alphabetical order)

- AMS SDMX Digital Delay
- AMS SDMX Digit Delay
- Boss CS-3 Compressor Sustain pedal

Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal

- Boss Noise Suppressor NS-2 pedal

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

- Boss GE-7 EQ pedal

Boss GE-7 Equalizer Pedal

- Boss FET FA-1 Amplifier
- Custom Audio Elec AMS Interface
- Custom Audio Elec Remote Wah
- Custom Audio Elec Dual Stereo Mixer
- Custom Audio Amp Selector and Patch Point
- Durham Electronics SexDrive pedal
- Digitech Synth Wah Pedal

DigiTech XSW Synth Wah Envelope Filter Pedal

- Death By Audio HARMONIC TRANSFORMER Dist Pedal
- Death By Audio FUZZ GUN
- Death By Audio Soundwave Breakdown
- Digitech WH1 Whammy Pedal

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Drive Breaker Distortion pedal
- Dunlop Crybaby Rack Wah Controller

Dunlop Cry Baby Rack Wah

- Electro Harmonix POG pedal

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electrix Filter Factory
- Eventide H3000 Harmonizer
- Furman Rack Power Pro (x2)
- Korg SDD 3000 Digital Delay (x2)
- KORG A3 Rack Multi Effects Unit (x2)
- Lexicon PCM80 and PCM70 Digital Effects Processors

Lexicon PCM92 Reverb Effects Processor

- Line 6 DM-4 Pro Custom made rack device and DM-4 pedal (x2)

Line 6 DM4 Distortion Modeler Pedal

- Line 6 Pod Pro (x2)

Line 6 POD HD Pro Guitar Multi Effects

- Peterson V-SAM Tuner

- "Rab Tronix" (6) Way Selector Box
- Rocktron Bradshaw DVC Pedal VCA
- Shure U4RS Dual Receivers (x8)
- Shure UR1-J5 Beltpacks (x13)
- Skrydstrup Bufferooster pedal
- Skrydstrup MR9 Loop System (x3) and Skyrdstrup System Interface
- Skrydstrup SC1, SC1 Extensions and Extension Plus Controller  (foot controller which controls the gear in rack, and the pedals as well.)
- TC 2290 Digital Delay (x4)

 



 

Here is some other gear that has been seen in The Edge's Rig over the years:

- Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

- Boss PW-2 Power Driver

- Boss Tuner pedal

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

- Electro Harmonix Big Muff

Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro Harmonix Memory Man

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man XO Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-9

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- Lovetone Doppelganger phaser/vibrato
- Lovetone Meatball envelope filter

- BOSS FBM-1 (more recently)

Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal

- Boss SD-1

Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal

- Boss OD-2

Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal

- Keeley modded Boss BD-2

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal

- MXR Dyna Comp pedal

MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal

- EHX Holier Grail

- MXR CAE Boost/Overdrive

MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC-402 Boost/Overdrive Pedal

- Moogerfooger MF-102 and 105

Moog MF-102 Moogerfooger Ring Modulator

- Visual Sound Route 66

Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

- Visual Sound H2O pedal

 

 

Strings, Picks, and Accessories
- D'Addario EXL110 XL Reg Lite .10-.46 gauge

D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Light Electric Guitar Strings Single-Pack

- D'Addario EXL115 XL Blues Jazz .11-.49 gauge

D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Blues/Jazz Electric Guitar Strings Single-Pack

- D'Addario EXL116 XL Medium Top Heavy .11-.52 gauge
- D'Addario EXL 140 Light Top/Heavy Bottom .10-.52 gauge
- D'Addario EXL 150 Light Elec 12 String .10-.46 gauge
- D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Wound EJ15 Extra Light .10-.47 gauge

D'Addario EJ15 Phosphor Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Strings Single-Pack

- D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Wound EJ26 Custom Light .11-.52 gauge
- Martin MSP 4000 Bronze .10-.47 gauge
- Martin MSP 4050 Bronze Custom Light .11-.52 gauge

Martin MSP4050 SP Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

- Martin M500 Extra Light Acoustic Bronze 12 String .10-.47 gauge
- Ernie Ball 2233 12 String Electric .009-.046 gauge

Ernie Ball 2233 Nickel 12-String Light Electric Guitar Strings

- D'andrea medium Nylon Picks
- Ebow

EBow PlusEBow Electronic Bow for Guitar

- Datum Machining/Dallas Schoo Custom Machined Finger Brass Slides
- Dunlop Brass Full Slides

Dunlop Solid Brass Guitar Slide

- Levy Leather Guitar Straps

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