Richie's Gear

Guitar Department

Formentera Guitars - "LLUNA" (2018)

I built this one from scratch during my 3 week holidaze on the beautiful island of Formentera, and she's been my #1 go-to guitar ever since.

Check out the Ridge @ Formentera Guitars page!

The Blue Ridge 1887

I built this one from a Fender Squier alder body (E-Series, ca. 85). Neck is a Göldo vintage maple (12" radius), Wilkinson VS100, and 2 humbuckers: In neck position Duncan's Lil' 59 (coil split via push/pull pot), and in bridge position the EVH signature pickup (yezzzz, the ltd edition with Ed's original sig).

For the assembly and the paint job I did, have a look at the "making of" below...

The making of...

Yamaha Pacifica USA 2

My companion since 1999. Together we went through (approx) 666 battles...

Gibson Les Paul Jimmy Page Signature

Wall of sound, mighty voice, holy grail of resonance...

Put it this way: Tone, tone, tone...

Pedalboard Department

Notes:

Tour Board 2020/21/22: 

1 - Boss ES5 Switching Unit
 2 - Plutoneium Chi-Wah-Wah
 3 - Love Pedal Pickle Vibe
 4 - MXR Phase 95
 5 - Nobels ODR-Mini

 6 - Line6 Helix HX Stomp

 7 - Boss FS-5U

 8 - Seymour Duncan Power Stage 170

 9 - Boss FV-500H

10 - Line6 Relay G70

Not displayed/under the hood:

Yankee PS-M12 power supply

Radial Engineering IC-1 Ice Cube Line Isolator


(Guitar nerd mode - ON):

The heart of it: Line6 HX Stomp (6). It takes care of the Amps, Drives, Delays, Reverbs, as well as the Cab (the PA only sees the Impulse Response IRs). It is switched by the Boss ES-5 via MIDI, and this one also gets the pre-drive pedals (3, 4, 5) in the path. Additional control is provided by a switch (7) for more or less Delay and a pedal (9), of which I hardly take my foot off. This is my Solo-accelerator: Heel position is a "normal" rhythm setting, at the toe position I have more volume (+4 to 6db, ask the FOH guy), longer and louder reverb, more gain, more mids, and the delay goes from 5/8 to 4/4. All this is triggered by a move of my left foot, ha!

This is all fed into the PA with Cab-IRs, as well as without IRs into a power amp (8) and into a 4x12 Marshall (see below) or a 1x12 for smaller stages. No mics here, it's all for my own pleasure :o)

And since there was some space left on the board, I put a wireless on it (10). This prevents me from forgetting it at home.

Under the hood, you'd find a Yankee PS-M12 power supply and a Radial Engineering IC-1 Ice Cube Line Isolator.

(Guitar nerd mode - OFF):

 

And that's about it. This rig's small enough to fit into any car, simple enough to be set up in 10 minutes, and flexible enough to meet the requirements of all of my projects and needs.

Amp Department

Marshall YJM100 & Marshall 4x12" loaded with 70s Celestial G12-65

This is rock city, folks. A Marshall YJM100, basically a Plexi 100 watts without master volume (Modell 1959), but with modern gadgets:  FX-loop, reverb, a (well... quiet crappy) DOD overdrive  and, tadaaaah: Powerscaling, reducing the volume to bedroom level. This Marsh sounds so much warmer than most of the sewing machines I ran into the last 30+ years...

I run this fat boy together with my TC electronics G-System, so with this 1-channel amp I have about the same variety of sounds at hand as with a multi-channel amp setup. Also on this board I employ an MXR Phase 90 script, a Digitech Mosaic, a Source Audio Programmable EQ and a Fultone OCD (for an extra dose of thunder). But as with every guitar player, this is subject to change... ;o)


Comming up - Richie live

(Confirmed at this point of time):

10.12. JUKS Hamburg Schenefeld (Paniker) 

23.12. HH Chattahoochee (Johnny B. Bad)

31.12. tba (Mona & die falschen 50er)

What's up, Ridge?

Meeting (and rehearsing with) Udo Lindenberg

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Dreams come true. Sometimes. Happened to me in May. No kidding', seriously!

Earlier this year I got a call from Andy, a guy who turned out to be a member of the „inner circle“ of Udo Lindenberg’s tour production team. In essence: „The artist wants to meet you, Richie! And bring your guitar...“.

Wait... WHAT?!? Fou...

So, this happened on May 1st:

I drove to Timmendorfer Strand, where UL and the Panikorchester were rehearsing for the tour ’22, and met all these icons I knew from concerts and articles and the telly. I met the man himself and we rehearsed his music all day long. Mark well: Not a tribute band, I was part of the real deal!

I met a totally friendly, overwhelmingly nice guy, professionally well informed about this Richie Jones he was making music with. A man who’s absolutely reflected and aware about his attribute being a national treasure, totally committed to make everybody in the room feel comfortable and easy, including himself.

Maybe the purpose of having me at a rehearsal was to check out some plan B on guitar players against the background of the pandemic.

Since the tour took place without any virus incident, you might ask: „Okay, now what’s next?!?“ Frankly, I dunno, but I keep dreaming of being part of Germany’s greatest Rock’n Roll circus. But whatever may come, hey, I’m already on the bright side of life. I played with Udo Lindenberg, he liked what he saw/heard, and nobody will ever take that away from me.

Surely, a dream came true…

Hamburg, May 2022

Update log - The latest enhancements:

17.08.2022

Pics page: Some substitutions done.

 

01.08.2022

Some pics here and there added.

 

14.05.2022

What's up, Ridge?

"Meeting Udo Lindenberg" - Short Story.

 

11.01.2022

The Gear page needed an update wich was long overdue. Particularly the floor board was pretty outdated...