How to Sound Like Noel Gallagher: Gear Guide & Tips


With this new Noel Gallagher gear guide, we aim to take a comprehensive look at what gear Noel is currently using, his past setups and the best pedals, guitars and amps to get a similar sound.

Noel Gallagher Gear guide

This week, Noel Gallagher unveiled his new pedalboard on Instagram. For Oasis / Noel fans who play the guitar, it's always a thrill to check what new gear their idol is using. There's no denying that Noel Gallagher is one of the most influential and successful guitarists of the past 25 years - a true guitar hero. But, most importantly for us here, he's also a talented and tasteful player, who's really into his fx pedals, without ever "overdoing" it - his setup and style serve as a great lesson in choosing a wide variety of effects but using them in moderation, always in favour of the songs, never just for the sake of it.

With Oasis nostalgia reaching a peak this year, with acclaimed Supersonic documentary, Oasis Exhibition in Manchester and an anniversary reissue of 'Be Here Now' to be released soon, this is the perfect time to put the spotlight on "The Chief", and unveil the secrets of Noel Gallagher's sound.

Noel Gallagher Gig Rig Pedalboard, 2016: What does it all mean?

On Tuesday 4th October, Noel posted his latest pedalboard on his instagram account.  Of course, as expected, it sparked the curiosity of many guitarists worldwide:

Noel Gallagher 2016 pedalboard Noel Gallagher 2016 pedalboard - worth over £6,000 in gear!

We can reveal an approximate cost of all that gear on display - well over £6,000, plus the costs of hiring pedalboard experts Gig Rig to set it all up! That's a lot of money...

This is also the first time Noel goes full-on boutique effects - no more Ibanez, Boss or MXR fx pedals to be seen, like in the past. The days of him using Line 6 DL-4 delay are well and truly over! What does it all mean? Who knows... it could be a "mid-life guitar crisis" (is there such a thing??) but, seriously, it just looks like Noel wanted an entirely fresh setup to experiment with, discover new sounds, and spark some creativity - as any guitarist who enjoys buying new pedals will be familiar with, getting new gear can inspire you.

The fact he's got no less than three different overdrives, three delay pedals and two very versatile reverbs certainly means he's got a rich palette with which to experiment, and he's also got a Critter & Guitari Septavox (sitting on top of his amp), which is a cool little synth created for Jack White's Third Man Records. It seems Noel's new album might sound *very* different than anything else he's done thus far, if this pic is anything to go by. Could this be possible? At any rate, it certainly looks like Noel wants to have a lot of fun in the studio! Let's wait and see... but, in the meantime, here's the complete list of the gear featured on Noel Gallagher's new pedalboard:

Noel Gallagher Complete Guitar Setup - total cost (excluding Gig Rig fees): £6122*

  • Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-300 Mini Tuner Pedal £100
  • JHS Steak Eggs Overdrive £274
  • Klon Centaur Overdrive £1400+
  • JHS SuperVolt V2 (Supro amp simulator for creamy overdrive sounds) £156
  • JHS Muffuletta (Distortion / Fuzz) £179
  • Catalinbread Adineko Oil Can delay £157
  • Catalinbread Echorec Delay (Binson Echorec tape delay simulator) £180
  • Paradox Architect Reverb £141
  • Strymon Flint Tremolo & Reverb £299
  • Keeley 30ms Automatic Double Tracker £156
  • Sonuus Wahoo Dual Analogue Filter / Wah £179
  • Gig Rig Remote Loopy-2 £119
  • Gig Rig G2 Bank Manager footswitch £39
  • Gig Rig G2 FX Switcher £749
  • Strymon Timeline Multi Delay and Looper Pedal £429
  • Large pedalboard £230+
  • Gig Rig Distributor power supply £35
  • Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb Guitar Amplifier Combo £1300

Alternative Setup to Sound like Noel - total cost: £2,871*

If you feel inspired by Noel's setup, but doesn't fancy spending as much, here's an alternative setup that can take you to the ballpark, pretty much using similar, good quality gear that's cheaper than Noel's "boutique" choices:

Noel alternate pedalboard Check our choices if you want to build an alternative version of Noel gallagher's pedalboard

There you go - a very cool setup similar to Noel's, but at less than half the price!* Not bad...

*prices correct as of October 2016

Noel Gallagher Guitars - 2016

Noel Gallagher Fender Just a few of Noel Gallagher's Fender-style guitars

Though Noel's favourite guitars still remain his trusty Gibson ES-355 and ES-345 semi-acoustics, but recently he's been leaning towards more Fender guitars. Noel has played Fenders since Oasis, but it does seem like he's using them more often now. On his most recent tour, he could be seen playing an assortment of guitars which have included Stratocaster, maple and rosewood fingerboard Telecasters, Telecaster Deluxe, and Jazzmasters.

New shoes. New amp. New album. There is no rest for the wicked ones.

A photo posted by Noel Gallagher (@themightyi) on

Noel Gallagher Guitar Vault

Noel Gallagher Guitar Collection Noel Gallagher Guitar Collection

Noel Gallagher is a true guitar aficionado, and he went through a lot of different gear since Oasis.  Here's a look at some of the most important gear that's shaped his sound over the years- including all the Noel-related gear you can buy today!

Noel Gallagher Electric Guitars

Noel gallagher playing an Epiphone Riviera MIJ Noel Gallagher in 1995, playing an Epiphone Riviera MIJ (Made In Japan)

Throughout his career, Noel has used semi-acoustic guitars. During the Britpop explosion, Oasis helped to popularize this type of guitars, because Noel's favourite guitar then was an Epiphone Riviera. Noel also used Epiphone Sheraton guitars - such as the iconic Union Jack model he first played at Oasis' historic Maine Road gig. For 'Don't Believe The Truth' Noel used a Gibson Trini Lopez, before settling with the ES-345 and ES-355 he still uses today.


Epiphone Sheraton Pro semi-acoustic The Epiphone Sheraton Pro semi-acoustic is perfect for that Noel Gallagher tone on early Oasis records such as 'Definitely Maybe'.

Noel fans on a budget will be happy with an Epiphone ES-335 Dot.

Epiphone semi-acoustic

The other guitar model that Noel has used a lot over the years was the Gibson Les Paul. But, like many up-and-coming musicians who want to get some good affordable gear, his main guitar in the early years before the release of "Supersonic" was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard model, in cherry Sunburst. It might be the same one you see on the UK version of the "Supersonic" video.

Noel Gallagher GibSon Les Paul Noel Gallagher playing a Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul guitars

One of his most prized guitars, though, must be the white Rickenbacker 330 which Paul Weller gave him. It was the guitar Weller used with The Jam in their final years, such as performing last single 'Beat Surrender' on TOTP. It's not known if he used the guitar on record, but he played it during the 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' tour. He also used another Rickenbacker 330 (in Mapleglo) on a couple of numbers.

Noel gallgher playing Paul Weller P Rickenbacker 330 Noel Gallagher playing Paul Weller's P Rickenbacker 330

The guitar, incidentally, was on display in Liverpool recently as part of the About The Young Idea exhibition about The Jam:

Noel Gallagher's Rickenbacker on display at The Jam exhibition Noel Gallagher's Rickenbacker on display at The Jam exhibition

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Noel Gallagher Acoustic Guitars

Noel Gallagher acoustic guitar Noel Gallagher and his Gibson J200 acoustic guitar

For many years, his acousticguitar of choice was an Epiphone EJ-200, such as the one used in 'Wonderwall', until he eventually upgraded to a Gibson J-200. Noel also used a few Takamine guitars during the Britpop years.

Today, his main choice is a Martin D-28 - one of the best acoustics there is, as used by Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and John Lennon. Noel said: "I bought it brand-new in a shop, just straight off the peg. It's f***ing incredible. It's got a new Baggs pickup system in it, which is pretty amazing."

Martin guitars

Noel Gallagher Guitar Amps

Oasis live 1994 Oasis live, 1994

Noel's favourite guitar amp seems to be the Fender Blues Junior, which he's used from the final years in Oasis up until very recently with the High Flying Birds, alongside a Hiwatt Custom 100 head. But for a long time - during most of Oasis' career, anyway - he used Marshall amps: this is pretty much the ultimate formula for Noel's 'Definitely Maybe' sound - Epiphone semi-acoustic into a cranked up Marshall.


Marshall Code 25 The new Marshall Code 25 is an affordable practice & recording amp that perfectly emulates the sound of classic Marshall amps, includind the JCM-series stacks like the ones Noel used during early Oasis. This is a great choice for any Oasis fans playing at home!

Early on, Noel used a small Marshall and a small Vox amp (an AC10, maybe?) which were replaced by what looked like a Marshall Valvestate 8040 or 8080 and a WEM Dominator, as seen on Oasis' TV debut in 1994:

But as soon as Oasis got huge, he started to use a Marshall JCM900 stack. Contrary to what some guitarists think, Noel didn't use a Marshall Bluesbreaker - it was rhythm guitarist Bonehead who did!

Noel Gallagher amps Noel Gallagher amps including the Fender Blues Junior, on one of Oasis' last tours

Other amps Noel has used live seem to be a Vox AC50 and Fender Bassman head.

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Noel Gallagher FX pedals

Noel Gallagher is like so many of us, it seems - a true guitar fx addict! He's always experimenting with new guitar effects, and his pedalboard seems to change almost on an yearly basis. At the start of his career with Oasis, he had a pretty simple setup (mostly Roland Space Echo and / or Boss delay, Tube Screamer, Wah) but his setup soon expanded, as those three previous pedalboards show:

Old Noel Gallagher pedalboard, Old Noel Gallagher pedalboard,


Noel Gallagher 2011pedalboard Noel Gallagher 2011 pedalboard


Noel Gallagher 2015 pedalboard Noel Gallagher 2015 pedalboard

Here's a list of all fx pedals that Noel Gallagher is known to have used, prior to his newest 2016 acquisitions.

Noel also used a Mellotron keyboard on tracks from '(What's The Story) Morning Glory'. The subtle orchestral strings you hear on 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and cello sounds you hear in  'Wonderwall' were created by this vintage instrument - which was also used by The Beatles for the flute sounds in 'Strawberry Fields Forever', for instance.

To get those Mellotron sounds, hook up your keyboard or guitar to an Electro-Harmonix Mel9 pedal!

MEL9 Tape Replay Machine The Mellotron is BACK! MEL9 Tape Replay Machine

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One Comment on “How to Sound Like Noel Gallagher: Gear Guide & Tips”

  • simon murphy
    15th October 2016

    The pics of noels past pedalboards....the one in the middle, taken from mike hills website, is actually Tim Smiths board...

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