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Ever wondered what the most common guitar gear and equipment is that pro musicians use in their rigs? After profiling tons of pro rockstar's gear we can tell you! Keep on reading for the dirty little secrets you want to know!

Note: New stuff is going to be added here as we go! 

What gear 

Hi guys. I probably know more about what gear the pro's use than your average musician. Through my research I have been able to pay careful attention to what tons of famous guitar players, bass players, and drummers use for their music rigs.

We thought it would be really useful to everyone if I created this one article that is updated periodically with some of the recurring gear that seems to be really popular with the pros. Let me explain - there is some music gear out there -guitars, basses, pedals, strings, etc... that seem to be used an aweful lot by pro musicians. This page will list this gear - think of it as your one stop shop for the hottest stuff.

If you come across any items that should be added here, based on your research, Post a Comment. This is meant to be a fun page that everyone can add their thoughts to.


So, you are pretty much guaranteed anything you buy on this page will kick a$$! Let me know if you try anything out, and feel free to give your review.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard:

Gibson Custom 60Th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Cherry Teaburst

Notes: They wouldn't have packaged a toy Gibson Les Paul with the Guitar Hero game if it wasn't THE guitar of the rock gods.

Gibson ES-335 acoustic/electric guitar:

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Historic Dot Reissue - cherry

Notes: I think the question is what famous player doesn't own a ES-335?

Gibson SG Standard guitar: 

Gibson Sg Standard Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry

Notes: The SG is pretty popular, with the SG standard being one of the more popular models.

Fender American Vintage '52 Butterscotch Blonde Telecaster: 

Fender American Original '50S Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde

Notes: One of the most popular tele's out there. Lot's of pro's using this one.

Fender American Stratocaster:

Notes: The strat is used by many. The american one is a popular specimen.


Marshall 1987XL 50 Watt Amp head:

Notes: This was the first Marshall tube head I got. It was really loud! I actually played a whole show with the head on 1 (would have sounded a lot better on 10 :) though) !!! This or the 1959SLP is used by quite a few pros. The nice thing about it is that you need to use it with pedals since it is only a single channel (no distortion channel aside from tube overdrive). It sounds awesome. 

Vox AC30 amplifer:

Notes: The Vox AC30 appears to be one of the most used amps of the pros. I'm dying to get one - pick one up if you want a classic.

Fender Twin Reverb amp:

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

Notes: Another very popular amp. Often used by the pro's for clean sounds.

Marshall JCM heads (800, etc):

Notes: The Marshall JCM heads are very popular amongst the pros. These are what the big boys play.


The Marshall 1960A Cabinet: 

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

Notes: This is one of the most used guitar cabs out there. You need this if you want to be a rock god.




Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal (all varieties):

 Notes: The dunlop is the most used Wah. It gives you that classic wah sound, and almost all the pro's have one.

 Boss TU-3 Chromatic Stombox Tuner:

Notes: Appears to be one of the most commonly used tuners as far as pedal tuners go (we'll checkout rackmount tuners also).

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

 Notes: One of the most popular delay pedals. Used by many great guitarists.

Dunlop Heil Talk Box:

Notes: An interesting effect used by many of the guitar greats. 

Digitech Whammy pedal:

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

Notes:The digi whammy is quite popular amongst pros, especially the ones that can shred.

MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal:

Notes: A popular phase pedal used by many.

Ibanez Tube Screamer pedals:

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects PedalIbanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue

Notes: A classic pedal loved by MANY.

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff distortion sustainer pedal:

Notes: Another classic. Used a lot in alternative guitar sounds.

Other Stuff

Dunlop Tortex picks:

Notes: The dunlop tortex picks are probably the most popular pick used amongst guitar players.

Ernie Ball Slinky Strings:

Notes: Ernie Ball slinky strings are popular amongst the pro's. Luckily for you they aren't too expensive either!


Telefunken M80

Shure Beta 58