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Claudio Sanchez is the lead singer and guitarist for Coheed and Cambria, an awesome rock band, one of my favorites. He is noted for his high vocal range, often extending into an alto register in the manner of Geddy Lee, the unique enunciation of his vocals, and for his long hair with tightly-wound curls. While primarily playing rhythm during his vocals, Sanchez also plays lead, often alternating with guitarist Travis Stever in a "competitive, yet respectful guitar solo" fashion.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Claudio Sanchez Guitar Rig.

Claudio Sanchez on the mic

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Guitars
- Fender MIJ Stratocaster in Ebony with Maple Fretboard

Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Black

- Fender JazzMaster (Bonus DVD in the Coheed & Cambria "Good Apollo" special edition DVD)

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

- Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck SG in Alpine White ( used to have EMG-81/85 in 6-string, EMG-85/60 in 12-string, but now has Duncan JB in Bridge and stock pickups in neck)

- Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck SG in Cherry Red, kept stock (Welcome Home video)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar

- Gibson '76 Explorer Reissue in Classic White with EMG-81/85 pick-ups, a Graph-Tech nut and Black Schaller tuners (With a Puerto Rican flag sticker behind the tailpiece)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar

- Gibson '76 Explorer Reissue in Classic White, kept stock (The Running Free video)

- Gibson '76 Explorer Reissue in Ebony with EMG-81/85 pick-ups

EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

- Gibson '76 Explorer Reissue in Cherry Red, kept stock

- Gibson '82 Explorer E2 in Natural Walnut/Maple 5 Piece Contoured Body/Neck with EMG-81/85 pick-ups, a Graph-Tech nut, and Gold Schallers with Black tuners and was made the same day his brother was born

Emg Emg-85 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup Black

- Gibson Explorer E2 (1980. Bare Knuckle Nailbomb pickup)

- Minarik Medusa Custom in Cherry Red, kept stock

- Minarik Medusa Custom in Alpine White

Below is a pic of the medusa as requested by user Bob:


- Gibson SG Special in Faded Worn-Cherry, kept stock (Guitar World Magazine)

Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar Cherry Satin

- Gibson Les Paul Studio in Alpine White, kept stock

Gibson 2014 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

- Gibson '67 Flying V Reissue in Classic White, kept stock (A Favor House Atlantic video/Good Apollo Special Edition CD in studio)

Gibson 2017 Flying V Hp Electric Guitar Ebony

- Gibson SG Special in Classic White with chrome hardware (With a Puerto Rican flag sticker behind the tailpiece. Early SSTB era)

Gibson SG Special Electric Guitar

- Fender American made Telecaster

Fender 2012 American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard - Sunburst

- Gibson Explorer (silverburst, baritone)

- Martin HD-28 acoustic (Fishman electronics)

Martin HD-28V Vintage Dreadnought Guitar

- Taylor GS8 acoustic guitars

Taylor GS8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar Natural

- Taylor T5 Custom Acoustic/Electric in Spruce Top w/ Cherry Sunburst

Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top Cherry Sunburst

- Taylor 814-CE Acoustic/Electric in Honey Sunburst with Natural back and sides

Taylor 814ce Rosewood/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- Ovation S771 Balladeer Special Acoustic/Electric (Live at Starland Ballroom)

- 1981 Ibanez Musician guitar

- Bareknuckle guitar pickups

 




Amps
- Bogner Uberschall 100W Head w/ Standard Grill

Bogner Uberschall Series 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head with EL34s

- Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Solo amplifier Head

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- '74 GRO100 Orange Head (Black Covering)

- Mesa/Boogie Rect-o-verb 50W Combo Amp (studio usage)

- VOX AC30CC2X Combo Amp

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Fender '65 Twin Reverb Combo Amplifier

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

- Orange OR50 head (seen in 2009)

Orange Amplifiers OR50 Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Matrix Power amp (powers cabinet on stage)



Cabinets
- Mesa/Boogie Rectifier Oversized 4x12's guitar cabinet

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

- Bogner Uberschall 4x12's guitar cabinet

Bogner 412STU 210W 4x12 Uberkab Guitar Speaker Cabinet

- Marshall 1960A 4x12 guitar cabinet

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

- Orange 4x12 Cabinet

Orange Amplifiers PPC Series PPC412-HP 400W 4x12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet

 

Effects

Note: As of late (2013), Claudio has been using the AXE-FX and ground control with much less pedals than he used in the past.

- Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra

- Mission EP-1 expression pedals (x2)

- Mission TT (pedal used for tap tempo)

- Voodoo Lab Ground Control

Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro MIDI Foot Controller

- Boss LS-2 Line Selector (to select between the Bogner and Vox/Fender)

Boss LS-2 Line Selector/Power Supply

- Boss NS-2

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

- Boss RC-20XL (used live for a bit, now used for songwriting)

Boss RC-30 Loop Station

- Boss RT-20 (used for practice/songwriting)

Boss RT-20 Rotary Speaker Sound Processor

- Boss SD-1

Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal

- Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Overdrive/Boost

Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Pedal

- Morley Bad Horsie 2 Wah (as described in 2008 interview)

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah Pedal

- Dunlop 535Q CryBaby Wah and/or Dunlop Dime wah

Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q Multi-Wah Pedal

- DigiTech Whammy Pedal

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Line 6 DL-4 Digital Delay

Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Line 6 FM-4 Filter Modeler

Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler Guitar Effects Pedal

- Ernie Ball VP Junior Passive Volume Pedal

Ernie Ball VP Junior 25K Active Volume Pedal

- Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner pedal

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

- Electro Harmonix Holy Grail

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

 - Theremin

Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard

 - Mission Engineering Expression pedals (x2) and Tap Tempo

- Whirlwind Multi Selector

- Audio Technica 5000 series Wireless

- Voodoo Lab ISO 5 Power

- BSS Audio AR-133 Active DI Box

 

In 2010 some new pedals were noticed in Claudio's rig:

- MXR M-118 analog delay
- The Great Destroyer by Dwarfcraft
- Interstellar OD by Death by Audio

 

 

Strings and Picks

- Custom DR's (heavy bottom, lighter top)

- DR DDT's 10-52 (on the detuned guitars)

DR Strings DDT-10 Drop Down Tuning Medium Electric Guitar Strings

- .73 Dunlop Tortex picks with custom printing

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

- DR 11-50 medium light gauge acoustic strings

- Everly Strings: 9210 B-52 Medium Rockers (except acoustic)

Everly 9210 B-52 Rockers Alloy Light Electric Guitar Strings

 

Go to the next page to see pics of Claudio's gear.

 

 

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