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Daron Malakian is the lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. Malakian has written most of the band's music, and, more recently, has taken on a large share of the vocal work for the band as well. He placed 30th in Guitar World's List of "The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time."

Our research (8 different resources) uncovered that Malakian's rig has consisted of a variety of different gear, especially amplifers. Daron Malakian however doesn't appear to be a big pedal users - he just uses a few powerful effects that do the trick for his sound.

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

Daron on guitar

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Guitars
-Ibanez Iceman guitars:

Ibanez Iceman ICT700 Electric Guitar

- Custom Ibanez IC 300's and IC 200 guitars
- Ibanez ICX 120's
- Ibanez DMM-1 Daron Malakian Signature Model
- Jackson Randy Rhodes RR5

Jackson USA RR1 Randy Rhoads Select Series Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Standard (black)

Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Electric Guitar

- Gibson SG Standard (red)

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

- Fender Standard Stratocaster (black)

Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Black

- 1962 Gibson SG (Mezmerize/Hypnotize)

- early Eighties Gibson Korina Flying Vs (Mezmerize/Hypnotize) (regular V pic below)

Gibson 2017 Flying V Hp Electric Guitar Ebony

- 1964 Gibson SG Special (with P90 pickups)

Gibson SG Special Electric Guitar

- Fender Jazzmaster (Greek like sounds on Mezmerize/Hypnotize)

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

- double-neck Gibson SG

DISCONTINUED - Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar

 

Daron Malakian on Marshalls

 

 

Amps and Cabinets
- Marshall MODE FOUR amplifier

- Mesa Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier amps

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Marshall 1987X "Plexi"

Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head

- Orange Amplification

- Matchless Amplification

- Vox Amplification (not sure exact model)

- Ibanez Amplification (not sure exact model)

- Soldano Amplification

Soldano SLO100 Super Lead Overdrive Head

- Carvin Amplification

- Marshall MF 400 cabinets (the 1960a is pictured below - close enough!)

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

- Mesa Boogie Cabinets

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

- 100-watt Marshall JMP100 amp (Mezmerize/Hypnotize)

- Divided by 13 model FTR-37 amp (Greek like sounds on Mezmerize/Hypnotize)

 



Effects and other gear
- BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone (see comments - our readers think it was more likely an HM-2)

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal

- Schaller Security Locks

Schaller Guitar Strap Locks and Buttons

- FullTone Clyde Wah Pedal

Fulltone Clyde Standard Wah Guitar Effect Pedal

- Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler Looper pedal

Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- MXR Phase 90

MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal

- Vox wah and 2 white Boss pedals? (seen in recent pic on Systems official website)

Vox V847A Wah-Wah Pedal

- Boss PC-2 Percussion Synthesizer

- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ Power Supply

- MSD Silvermachine Wah

- Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

- Boss DD-20 GigaDelay

Boss DD-20 Giga Delay Pedal

- Line 6 MM4 Modulation Modeler

Line 6 MM4 Modulation Guitar Effects Pedal

- SIB Electronics Mr. Delay

- Boss Chromatic Tuner pedal

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

- EHX Deluxe Memory Man

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

 

 

Strings and Picks
- Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom .10-.52 gauge strings (on the Ernie Ball site as endorsers)

Ernie Ball 2215 Nickel Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom Electric Guitar Strings

- Ernie Ball .12-.60 Baritone strings

- Jim Dunlop Delrin Triangle .43mm & .96mm picks. In 2008 an article stated he began using the dunlop Tortex triangles instead of previous fender Triangles.

Dunlop Tortex Triangle Guitar Picks

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