The Proclaimers Gear Breakdown
I had the pleasure of catching up with Zac Ware of the Proclaimers to discuss what equipment they are using on their current UK tour
I managed to catch up with The Proclaimers on their first leg of their UK tour in the wonderful venue of St David’s Hall in Cardiff, my home City, to see what gear they use for their live shows.
Barring an electro acoustic guitar, the brothers, Charlie and Craig, don’t use much gear themselves so I had the great pleasure of speaking with their guitarist and ‘main gear guy’ Zac Ware, who was happy to run through their set up with me after soundcheck.
So, first I asked Zac to run through the guitars he uses…
‘I use a Fender Telecaster that’s a bit of a Franken-Monster, it’s got an 80’s body and a 70’s neck, it’s got rebuilt pickups from bare knuckles using original cases etc. So that’s my main guitar…’
‘I’ve got a Japanese bound Tele that I use mainly for then I met you because it’s a real Country sounding song. I’ve got my trusty Les Paul which has still got it’s old punk rock strap on it. I’ve always been a Les Paul player, I bought this back in 1999 so I’ve had it about 20 years. This is my favourite guitar but it doesn’t get used much with the Proclaimers because they are a Tele band, but I try and squeeze it in as much as possible. Oh, and I have one more back up Les Paul too, which I used to use a lot more on our last tour because there were a couple of tunes back to back that had different tuning and capo positions.’
‘The acoustic guitars are all Taylors, and there’s a 12 string one in there too which Charlie uses on make my heart fly.’
‘The bass player uses a ’78 Fender Precision with an Ashdown amp, he’s had it for years and years, a real work horse and a beautiful sounding instrument.’
What guitar amps do you use?
Dive into the pedalboard for me…
And then we have the Mandolin tuner and bypass built into the pedalboard going into a DI underneath which uses phantom power, so basically i’ve got everything on my system, if for any reason the amps go down I can switch straight to the DI and go direct into the desk.
What about the drummer?
Editor note ** I’m not 100% sure it’s actually called a ‘Red Sparkle!’ **
It was great getting an insight into the gear that The Proclaimers use, and even better catching a sound check version of Sunshine on Leith.
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