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Tommy Thayer is an American musician and the current lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. Tommy also has played with other bands such as Black N' Blue.

Let's take a look at some of the gear and equipment that has been seen in Tommy's guitar rig.

Tommy playing guitar 

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Tommy Thayer's Guitars

- Gibson Les Paul Sunburst 1960 Re-issue (2003)

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Plaintop Reissue VOS Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Silver Sparkle (2006. Built by Gibson custom-shop)

- Gibson Les Paul 1958 Re-issue (Honeyburst. 2000)

Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1958 Les Paul Plaintop Reissue Vos Electric Guitar Iced Tea

- Gibson Les Paul Black 1960 Re-issue (2003)

- Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (1972. Seymour Duncan JB pickups)

Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB Humbucker Pickup

- Gibson Les Paul Custom (1976. Black. Seymour Duncan JB pickups)

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

- Gibson Les Paul Standard (1975. Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups)

DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Pickup

- Gibson 1961 Reissue SG (used on Sonic Boom album)

Gibson Sg Standard '61 Electric Guitar Vintage Cherry

- Gibson and Epiphone custom Explorer model guitars - part of "White Lightning" series of models




Tommy Thayer's Amps

- Hughes & Kettner Tommy Thayer Signature Duotone amplifiers

- Hughes & Kettner Cabs

Hughes & Kettner CC412 A3 280W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Hughes & Kettner Statesman combo (one of the amps used on Sonic Boom)

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Series STM Dual EL34 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Marshall Master Volume from the late 70's (additionally used on Sonic Boom)

- Battery powered Orange practice amp (used in tandem with some other sounds for solos on Sonic Boom)

 

 

Tommy Thayer's Guitar Effects

- Tommy has stated in a Q&A on his site he has never been a big effects pedal user, however in more recent years rig interviews have showed a variety of pedals being used in his rig. He's said that about 95% of the songs he plays live are straight guitar into the amp, and 5% are with some guitar effect in use.

- vintage Ibanez Tube Screamer (for solos on Sonic Boom)

Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue

- Dunlop Crybaby Rack Wah

- Radial JX44 Air Control 4-channel Active Re-Amp / Distro Device

- Two white Boss pedals, with tape over them - one says "short" and the other "long" which leads us to believe they are Boss Delay guitar pedals.

- There's a purple Boss pedal in his rack which we believe is the Boss Flanger guitar pedal

- There's also a light blue Boss guitar pedal in his rack which looks like a Boss Chorus guitar effects pedal

- Boss Octave guitar effect pedal

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal

Here's a really fun guitar gear walk through that Hughes and Kettner did with Tommy Thayer's guitar tech. Tommy Thatyer's guitar tech Mark, shows off the amplifiers, effects pedals and more from Tommy's guitar rig. Mark talks about controlling the pedals of Tommy's rig for Tommy since it would be hard for Tommy to control the guitar effects pedals with his large stage boots on. You'll notice multiple Boss pedals in the rack - we believe we have identified them above.

Here's another rig walkthrough video where Tommy Thayer tells you about the gear he was using in his 2019 guitar rig. This video is cool because around 11:30 in the video, Tommy shows off his guitar rack. He said "I don't use too much so don't let all this throw you". He then showed his wireless transmitters, which are made by Shure - he uses four channels of them. He shows off a Boss delay and a Boss flanger pedal and says he uses the effects in two songs. He also has a Boss octave guitar pedal that you can catch a glimpse of there next to the other boss guitar effects pedals.

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