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, AMPS AND MICROPHONES TO GET A SIMILAR SOUND.
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 favor 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.
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:
This is his full rig breakdown:
Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-300 Mini Tuner Pedal £100
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:
Boss TU-3 £62 - still one of the best tuner pedals!
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 Standardmodel, in cherry Sunburst. It might be the same one you see on the UK version of the "Supersonic" video.
Noel Gallagher and his Gibson J200 acoustic guitar[/caption] For many years, his acoustic guitar of choice was an Epiphone EJ-200, such as the one used in 'Wonderwall', until he eventually upgraded to a Gibson SJ-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."
Noel's favorite guitar amp seems to be theFender 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.
'DEFINITELY MAYBE' TONE ON A BUDGET: MARSHALL CODE 25
The new Marshall Code 25 is an affordable practice & recording amp that perfectly emulates the sound of classic Marshall amps, including the JCM-series stacks like the ones Noel used during early Oasis.
This is a great choice for any Oasis fans playing at home!
IN THE EARLY DAYS
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.
However, 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 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 a 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.
Here's a list of all fx pedals that Noel Gallagher is known to have used, prior to his newest 2016 acquisitions.
Roland RE-201 Space Echo (Now re-created as the Boss RE-20 pedal. Noel used it on top of his amps, it's likely to provide the delay on early songs such as 'Columbia')
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'.
To get that Mellotron sound on a budget, simply hook up your keyboard or guitar to an Electro-Harmonix Mel9 pedal!
There’s not a great deal of information out there regarding Noel’s preferred use of microphones, aside from countless pics on stage with a Shure SM58. Until now! Not one to go about endorsing brands too much (or mincing his words), Noel Gallagher chooses his gear carefully and has actually chosen to endorse the Aston Mics brand, utilizing them on the recording for his as yet untitled third solo album.
ASTON SPIRIT MIC
Noel chose the Aston Spirit mic for his vocals on the new "High Flying Birds" album… and here’s his quote… "I ******* LOVE these mics!" - Noel Gallagher Short and sweet, and i'm sure you can guess what the blanked out word is!
No doubt the “open” sound with sparkling harmonics are the reason why Noel chose the extremely versatile multi-pattern microphone.
Noel’s vocals are extremely unique and rarely (if ever) manipulated, so the Aston Spirit will make a great choice for the new album thanks to the fact it’s a highly accurate mic that provides natural and transparent vocals.
The Spirit is able to capture all that detail and the higher notes Noel can hit without throwing in any of the harshness that can sometimes occur with condenser mics.