anonymous asked:

Ed seems to have new amp setup, at glastonbury he had 2 4x12 cabs, i cant see what are they but it might be brunettis? At the side you can see a fender head. Also in lucky he plays a black strat with 4-Ply Brown Shell pickguard, im shure it is his strat signature model, you can clearly see "Ed Obrien" in the headstock.

Hello! Ed started using that amp setup at the beginning of this year’s tour. The primary amps and cabs are by Audio Kitchen, which they pointed out on Flickr. The two amps are called ‘Emcee’ and ‘Burly Chassis’, and each is running into one of Audio Kitchen’s standard 1x12″ cabinets (they are large cabs for a single speaker). Steve from Audio Kitchen informed us that Ed’s amps use the Big Chopper as their basis, but have a special reverb modification which uses amp’s second channel as a reverb return. This allows Ed to change the tone of the reverb using the second channel’s Baxandall EQ. The cabinets are fitted with Celestion Alnico Blues.

Ed’s Audio Kitchen amps on stage in Santa Barbara, 2017.04.11 (@andreagrubermatthies).

In addition to the Audio Kitchen amps, Ed also has a Fender amp head and a Vox AC30, seemingly used as backups. This may suggest that each Audio Kitchen is voiced a little differently: one with more of a Fender voicing, and the other with more of a Vox sound.

An image of Ed’s setup at the Best Kept Secret Festival, 2017.06.18.

Ed also started using an Eric Clapton Signature Fender Stratocaster at the start of this year’s tour, and it is the only guitar added to his setup this year. It is probably the Eric Clapton Strat which he first used on the 2012 tour, dubbed “ST3″ on his page. He seems to have switched out its original white pickguard for a Tortoise Shell Brown 4-ply guard, as you note.

So far this tour, the guitar has been used exclusively for performances of Lucky. The guitar is fitted with three Lace Sensor Gold pickups, allowing him to play Lucky using a Lace Sensor neck pickup as he did in the 90′s. Ed used his custom white sustainer Strat to play Lucky on the 2016 tour, but that guitar lacks a neck pickup (replaced by a Fernandes Sustainer Driver).

Ed with Clapton Strat during the performance of Lucky at Glastonbury, 2017.06.23.

The headstock actually features Eric Clapton’s signature: “Blackie” is Clapton’s nickname for his favorite guitar.

As you note, the headstock does feature an “Ed O’Brien” signature, as well as the name “Blackie”. Ed’s custom white sustainer Strat seems the most likely contender for a Fender “Artist Series” model, so “Blackie” is more likely a custom build just for Ed.

A closeup of the guitar’s headstock from the Glastonbury live stream.