All Axess recently caught up with Skeletonwitch guitarist Scott Hedrick for an exclusive rundown of his live rig. Check it out in the video below.
Just like Skeletonwitch guitarist Nate Garnette, Hedrick believes that less is more when it comes to equipment. “I’m not a huge gear guy. I tend to grip it and rip it,” he explained. “In Skeletonwitch we keep things really simple. For instance, the signal chain goes right from my guitar, into my tuner; my guitar’s a little bit hot, a little noisy, so I do also run the [Boss] NS-2 Noise Suppressor and that goes straight into the head.”
Both Hedrick and Garnette use the Marshall JCM 2000 head for live shows. “We kind of just set it and don’t touch it, which is a blessing and a curse because it makes it really easy when we’re playing live, when I’m not tap dancing on a bunch of pedals or anything, but the other side of that I guess, is that we play all of our leads dry. There’s a tiny bit of reverb…it doesn’t make a huge difference for riffs but a little but more for leads.”
Hedrick also spoke about Skeletonwitch’s amp settings. “We keep a lot of mids in our sound. A lot of modern metal guys tend to really dial out the mids or scoop the mids, but we keep them in there because it gives it a more old-school Slayer type sound.”
Hedrick’s main guitar is a custom built V from Stewart-MacDonald guitars. “It was built by a friend of mine named Elliot John Connery…he apprenticed under a guy named Dan Erlewine…Dan built [legendary blues guitarist] Albert King’s, V…My friend Elliot actually got the schematics for that and kind of did a metal take on it,” Hedrick revealed.