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Michael Angelo Batio is an American virtuoso guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. Guitar One Magazine voted Batio the fastest guitar player of all time. MAB was also mentioned and listed recently in Guitar World Magazine in an article where he was listed as one of top 50 fastest guitarists in the world.

Lets look at some of the gear and equipment that has been seen in Batio's guitar rig.

 

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Guitars
- Batio uses Dean guitars. He created a signature Dean guitar called the MAB 1 Armorflame. Google the armorflame - it looks awesome.

- Dean Michael Angelo Batio USA Limited Electric Guitar

Dean Michael Angelo Batio USA Limited Electric Guitar Gloss Natural

- Dean Michael Angelo Batio Speed of Light Electric Guitar

Dean Michael Angelo Batio Speed Of Light Electric Guitar Speed Of Light

- Dean Michael Angelo Batio MAB4 Gauntlet Electric Guitar

Dean Michael Angelo Batio Mab4 Gauntlet Electric Guitar Custom Graphic

- Batio created both double and quad guitars. Currently, Dean makes models of each for him.

- Dean "MAB Hands Without Shadows" pickups

Dean Michael Angelo Batio Hands Without Shadows Humbucker Pickup

- custom made Charvel and Yuriy Shishkov guitars

- Dean Tiger Eve, 24 fret Vendetta

- USA Dean Exotic Spalted Maple Flying V.

- USA Dean Time capsule Blue Burst ML that is no. 13 of only 25 made.

- USA Dean Collectors edition Hardtail.

- USA Dean prototype Hardtail.

- Dean “Tiger Eye” Custom 450 modifed with a USA Floyd Rose and DiMarzio pick-ups.

- Custom made USA 29 fret guitar built by Wayne Charvel. The top is made from Military aircraft aluminum. It was designed by MAB and called The “Rocket” Guitar.

- Vintage 1978 USA Dean ML modified with an early 80’s Kahler locking trem system.

- Custom USA 24 fret guitar built by Yuriy Shishkov for MAB.

- Custom USA “Swamp Ash” Tele built by Grover Jackson for MAB.

- Vintage 1987 USA “Photon” MIDI guitar with the controller

- 1997 USA custom shop Fender Strat. It has a quilted Maple neck and SRV “Texas Special” pick-ups.

- Godin LGX guitar with MIDI capability.

- Dean Chrome G Resonator Acoustic/Electric.

- Dean 7 string guitar. This is one of MAB’s “practice” guitars.

- Dean Tradition S12 12 string acoustic

- Dean Exotica RSE Supreme Acoustic/Electric with a solid Sitka Spruce Top

- Dean Blue Grass F Mandolin

Dean Bluegrass F Mandolin

- limited edition Gibson “Reverse Flying V” Guitar

- 1968 Fender Mustang

Fender Player Mustang Electric Guitar With Maple Fingerboard Sonic Blue

- 1986 Fender Strat '62 reissue

Fender American Original '60S Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

- Dean Dime-O-Flame ML

Dean Dime-O-Flame Electric Guitar

- Dean Mach 7 Guitar

- 1993 Stephens extended cutaway acoustic

- USA made Tacoma and Taylor acoustic guitars

- 1997 USA Nuno Bettencourt P3 guitar

- Washburn A-30 electric.

- Ibanez RG series

- 1993 Gibson Les Paul Custom - white

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Alpine White

- 1976 Ibanez Flying V




Amps and Cabinets

- Marshall JCM 800

- Marshall JCM 900

- Marshall JCM 2000

- Marshall JMP 1

- Krank amps? There is a picture of him playing Kranks, but not much info out there about this.

- 4x12 Marshall cabinets loaded with Celeston vintage 30s and Greenbacks in mono and stereo

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



In the studio, he also uses:
- Rocktron Chameleon pre-amp

- Rocktron Voodoo Valve pre-amp

Rocktron VooDu Valve Online Guitar Multi Effects Processor



Note: During his years with Nitro, Batio also used Randall amplifiers.




Effects and More
- MAB String Dampener

- T-Rex MAB Overdrive

T-Rex Engineering Michael Angelo Batio Overdrive Guitar Pedal

- Boss DS-1 (Nitro days)

- Boss SD-1 (Nitro days)

Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal

- Eventide Eclipse

Eventide Eclipse Multi-Effects Processor

- Rocktron Intellifex and Replifex units

- Dunlop Cry Baby

- Vintage original prototype Digitech Whammy pedal

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Vintage Digitech 256 multi-FX

- Ibanez TS-9 pedal (used in the past before his custom distortion pedal)

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal





Strings and Picks
- Ernie Ball .009 to .042 gauge electric strings

- Ernie Ball .010 to .046 or .011 to .052 gauge Acoustic strings

- Dunlop Jazz III guitar picks



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