Gig alert: my band The Upperhand, November 5

Hey. If you’re in Melbourne, come on down and catch my band The Upperhand live at the Gershwin Room at the Espy in St Kilda on Saturday November 5! You can buy tickets online here, but I have a limited amount available for the super-discounted price of just six bucks. Just email me if at iheartguitarblog AT gmail DOT com if you’d like one.

And check out our Reverbnation page here!

In the meantime, here’s our last gig in full. Enjoy!

Check out my band’s reunion gig

This past Friday night my band The Upperhand reunited for a show at the Gershwin Room at the Espy here in Melbourne. We had a kickass time and guess what? We’re gonna do it again! The show went so well and the response was so good that we booked another show. The entire set is at the bottom of this post, but first, the good guitar-nerd stuff (with photos from Instagram).

For the show I used my Ibanez RG7620 7-string with DiMarzio Blaze humbuckers in place of the original DiMarzio New 7 pickups that came with the guitar. Here it is getting ready to hit the stage. Note the GHS Fast Fret and the Line 6 wireless.

And here’s my pedalboard, which includes a Line 6 Wireless, Planet Waves tuner, ISP Decimator G String noise reduction pedal, Dunlop Buddy Guy Crybaby, Boss OC-2 Octave, MXR EVH 90 phaser, Dunlop Crybaby KFK Q Zone (like a wah wah without an expression pedal), MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion, Way Huge Swollen Pickle II fuzz and an MXR/Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Overdrive. Power comes from a Gator G-Bus-8 and a Sanyo Pedal Juice. My amp is a Marshall DSL 50, and I use Planet Waves and DiMarzio cable. I kept the MXR/CAE’s boost side on all the time to give a little bit of extra kick to the Marshall’s crunch channel, and I stomped on either the ’78 Distortion, the Swollen Pickle, the Q Zone or the Overdrive side of the MXR/CAE as needed, either for leads or just to fatten everything up a bit.

And finally, the gig itself!

The setlist (and guitar solo times, because I know you’re into that kinda stuff or you wouldn’t be reading this site):

1. Hillside (guitar solo at 2:09)
2. Psycho
3. Shiraz
4. Something To Say (guitar solo at 12:35)
5. Heir In Line (guitar solo at 16:43)
6. Move On (guitar solo at 19:52)
7. Never Enough
8. MILF (guitar solos at 27:10 and 29:41).