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Nucleust guitarist Max Palizban loves his gear. Over several years, Max has developed his signature sound through his experience with many different pieces of equipment, guitars, amps, pedals, and much more. In this article, Max dives right into the guts of his live rig, including a brief history of his Nucleust rigs, and what he has been using currently! Check it out below!
"I have always been fascinated with music gear and how much difference it could make to your sound by just switching to a new pickup or even using a different wood for the body of your guitar. I have used many different guitars and amps since I have been playing in bands, however for the sake of this short article, I have mentioned only my favourites ones.
My First ever live rig was an Ibanez RG570, a Marshall combo Amp 100 watts, a Tube screamer and a Noise gate, plus I was using Boss GT-8 effect processor as a collaboration with the Amp’s Two Channels. After this, I moved to a way better rig and have managed to push my sound to a new level. I used to have an ESP Eclipse 6 string which I was using with many different pedals, mostly Boss pedals at that time, such as Phaser, Flanger, Chorus and etc, in front of a Marshall Mode Four playing through a Marshall Mode Four 4x12 cab. Interestingly, I stopped liking Marshall amps’ tone after this period and instead tried to find a more modern and aggressive amp, therefore I moved to Peavey 6505 as my main Amp and minimised the use of pedals in front of my amp, just to get a simple but punchy and extreme tone. A bit after that, I started playing with 7 string guitars and ESP Horizon NT7 Black was my first 7 string axe. I used 5 different pickups on this guitar which were EMG, Bare knuckle Aftermath and Juggernauts, Di Marzio Liquid Fire and Crunch lab and finally Lundgren M7. My current choice of pickup is Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Solar. I have always been a massive John Petrucci fan and have been in love with the Mesa Boogie Mark V amp since forever. I finally managed to buy myself a Mesa Mark V around 3 years ago. Absolutely the best amp in the world!!! Meanwhile, I added the Rocktron Patchmate loop 8 floor as my midi controller which enabled me to control and switch between my pedals and amp channels by pushing only one switch. In the same time, I moved from ESP to Schecter KM7 as I really needed to use an extended scale guitar due to down tunning setup. I can surely confess that Schecter KM7 is an absolute amazing guitar, especially considering the price and the quality.
For the past two years, I have been using Kemper and have profiled my own Mark V tones into it. Kemper is an amazing device and have brought both convenience and quality to our live shows. I am using a Kemper Powerrack which is loaded with 600-Watt power amp, however I was not overly impressed with the power amp, therefore I have powered my Kemper with a Matrix gt1600fx power amp which has given me heaps of power and great tonality.
My current live rig is Kemper, Matrix GT1600fx Power Amp, Mesa boogie profiles, Shure GTXD16 wireless system, ESP Eii NT7B Blue Purple Gradiation Australia Limited and Solar A1.7 Artist LTD Black Open Pore. Having Evertune on my new Solar guitar has been an amazing experience and I highly recommend this amazing locking bridge to especially Metal guitarists who use Drop tunning.
My choice of Pick: Dunlop 0.88mm Tortex Jazz III XL and my favourite set of Strings: Ernie Ball E 2625 Electric Guitar Strings 10 to 74 8-String. I skip the 64 gauge and instead use the 74 one for my 7 string."