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DiMarzio John 5 Signature™ Cable

ep1700j5_0John 5 defies convention. He is a master of styles ranging from shred metal to bluegrass, and his gear has to meet or exceed the extreme demands of his performance.

Enter the new DiMarzio® John 5 Signature™ Guitar Cable, developed to satisfy John 5.

DiMarzio’s new John 5 Signature™ Cable is double-shielded to reduce hum, interference and stage noise while extending the frequency response ? something that’s pretty important to John 5. The reduced capacitance cable is encased in a black braided jacket that protects the cable from damage and features custom-designed DiMarzio/Switchcraft plugs. An extra-long, aged copper-patina barrel engraved with John 5’s logo provides exceptional strain relief as well as style.

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Wire Gauge: AWG 20 (0.519 mm2)

Diameter: 0.237 in. (6.02 mm)

Insulation: Polyethylene inner with PVC outer

Capacitance: 33.27 pF/ft (109pF/M)

Shield & Material: Copper Braid + Conductive PVC 78%

Jacket & Material: PVC + Nylon Overbraid

Resistance: 8.8 ohm/1,000 ft (29 ohm/KM)

Inductance: 0.07 µH/ft (0.2 µH/M)

Termination Method: Silver Solder 

D Activator™ Bridge DP200

dp220cc“I didn’t think my Telecaster® could sound any better until I met Mr. DiMarzio.” 

The D Activator™ Bridge has an enriched harmonic quality and the notes want to sing. Both the D Activator™ Neck and Bridge pickups were designed to eliminate the sterile edginess commonly associated with active pickups. The D Activator™ Bridge pickup is about 25% louder than the D Activator™ Neck. Since we were developing both pickups as a set from the ground up, we adjusted the volume levels on the pickups so they are balanced. That way when you switch from the neck to the bridge, you don’t hear a drop in volume – also a frequent problem with active pickups. And they don’t use batteries.

Tech Talk: An interesting fact about the most popular active bridge pickups is that they aren’t incredibly loud. Instead, they have a strong, focused attack that hits the amp very hard and makes them ?feel’ more powerful than they actually spec out to be. This is an important characteristic that we needed to capture with the D Activator™ bridge pickup. We also wanted to avoid the limiting effect that can occur with active pickups when they are played hard. Our pickup is passive with a lot of headroom, and it responds quickly and accurately to changes in pick attack. A hard pick attack doesn’t cause the signal to flatten out, and picking more softly or rolling the volume control down lets the sound clean up naturally. Like all passive pickups, D Activators™ require controls with a minimum value of 250Kohms. 500K is the standard all around value, and our 1Megohm tone control is best for long cable runs.

SQUIER® J5 TELECASTER® – Frost Gold

John 5 Squier Frost GoldJohn 5 is a self-described “Fender fanatic” with a jaw-dropping collection of his favorite instrument, the Telecaster (“the greatest guitars ever built, by far,” in his words). His Squier signature model, the J5 Telecaster, is a double-bound beauty based on his oft-modded workhorse Telecaster.

Features include 5’s distinctive black-and-chrome look, a double-bound alder body with a gloss black polyester finish, a polished stainless steel pickguard and chrome hardware. The one-piece maple neck has a “modern C” profile, a matching black Telecaster headstock and a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets. The custom-designed humbucking pickups use a special dual-volume setup with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup control in the back position (5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout). Rapidly toggling the upper-bout three-way pickup switch gives you 5’s signature “kill” effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.

Now also available in an all-gold model with Frost Gold finish, matching gold headstock, gold hardware and single-ply “gold mirror” plastic pickguard.

For product details go to: fender.com/squier-j5-tele-rosewood-fingerboard-frost-gold/

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Model Name: Squier® J5 Tele®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Frost Gold
Model Number: 0301005579
Series: Artist Models
Color: Frost Gold

Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Binding: Bound Top and Back
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck Shape: Modern “C”
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Headstock: Matching Painted Headcap
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
Bridge Pickup: Custom Humbucking with Ceramic Magnet
Neck Pickup: Custom Humbucking with Alnico 5 Magnets
Controls: Volume (Neck Pickup), Volume (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge: 6-Saddle Tele® with Humbucking Pickup Cutout
Hardware Finish: Chrome/Stainless Steel
Tuning Machines: Standard Die-Cast
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tips: Black
Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Matching Black Painted Headstock, Bound Top and Back, Silver Squier Decal, Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout, Chrome Switch Tip, No Tone Control, Neck and Bridge Volume Controls are in Opposite Orientation, White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays, Narrow Dot Spacing, Synthetic Bone Nut

Squier J5 Telecaster® Guitar

j5-squier-gearJohn 5 is a self-described “Fender® fanatic” with a jaw-dropping collection of his favorite instrument, the Telecaster® (“the greatest guitars ever built, by far,” in his words). His Squier signature model, the J5 Telecaster, is a double-bound beauty based on his oft-modded workhorse Telecaster, which was pieced together at the Fender Custom Shop.

Features include John 5’s distinctive black-and- chrome look—a double-bound alder body with a gloss black polyester finish, a polished stainless steel pickguard and chrome hardware. The one-piece maple neck has a modern C shape, a matching black Telecaster headstock and a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets.

The custom-designed humbucking pickups use a special dual-volume setup with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup control in the back position (5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout). Rapid toggling the upper-bout three-way pickup switch gives you 5’s signature “kill” effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.

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Body: Alder
Finish: Polyester Finish
Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Gloss Polyester Finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood 12” Radius (305mm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Die-Cast Tuners
Bridge: Tele® 6-Saddle Bridge for Humbucking Pickup
Pickguard: Polished Stainless Steel Pickguard
Neck Pickup: Custom Humbucking Pickup; AlNiCo II Magnet
Bridge Pickup: Custom Humbucking Pickup; Ceramic Magnet
3-Position Toggle:
– Position 1. Bridge Pickup
– Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
– Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Volume (Bridge Pickup), Volume (Neck Pickup)
Strings: Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel
Other: “C” Shape Maple Neck, Matching Black Painted Headstock, Bound Top and Back, Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout, Chrome Switch Tip, Front Volume Control for Bridge Pickup, Rear Volume Control for Neck Pickup, Polished Stainless Steel Pickguard, White Dot Position Inlays, Silver Squier Logo, Synthetic Bone Nut

Dean Markley’s Nickel Steel Signature Series strings

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John 5 has recently signed with Dean Markley Strings.
He will be using the Dean Markley’s Nickel Steel Signature Series strings.
From Dean Markley’s website:The cornerstone of Dean Markley Strings. If you lined up every set of NickelSteel Electric™ strings ever sold end to end, you would have a really, really long line of guitar string sets. Dean Markley NickelSteel Electric™… on top of the best-seller’s list year after year.

 

SEVEN KINGS™ GUITAR PICKS

j5-seven-king-pick-gearEveryone check out Seven Kings, the exclusive provider of guitar picks for John 5.
You can have personalized guitar picks, too! Also, check out their cool straps and other guitar accessories.
  • Gauge .96mm
  • Celluloid Material
  • Shape 351
  • Double Side Full Color Graphics by Seven Kings

To find out more click to visit Seven Kings

 

J5 Triple Tele® Deluxe

triple-humbuckerFrom Fender.com:

A new-millennial update of a timeless classic. Inspired by one of our favorite uber-shredders, John 5, the new J5 Triple Tele® Deluxe puts a fiendishly ferocious spin on the always-popular ’70s-era Tele Deluxe design.

A study in black and chrome, the J5 put three screaming hot high-output Enforcer™ humbucking pickups in a sleek black double-bound body adorned with a vintage tremolo bridge and a flash chrome pickguard guaranteed to blind ’em all the way in the back row. Yikes …

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Model Name J5 Triple Tele® Deluxe
Model Number 013-0050-(306)
Series Artist Series
Colors (306) Black, (Polyester Finish)
Body Alder
Neck Maple, ‘60s “C” Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood, 12” Radius (305mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups 3 Chrome Covered Enforcer™ “Wide Range” Humbucking Pickups (Neck, Middle and Bridge)
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching:
– 3-Position Toggle
– Position 1. Bridge Pickup
– Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
– Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender®/Schaller® Vintage “F” Style Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 1-Ply Chrome
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Unique Features:
– 3 Chrome Covered Enforcer™ Humbuckers
– Matching Black Painted Large ‘70s Style Stratocaster® Headstock
– Bound Top and Back
– Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout
– Chromed Brass Pickguard,
– Black Switch and Tremolo Arm Tips,
– Dot Position Inlays
Strings Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-0250-003
Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag
Case Deluxe Gig Bag
Introduced 1/2007

J5 Telecaster®

fender-tele-mexicoThe Fender Custom Shop’s J5:HB Telecaster guitar, co-designed by shred-meister John 5 himself, is a modern-day classic.

Its unusual three-on-a-side headstock tops a shaved maple neck (for behind-the-nut bends) with a rosewood fingerboard bolted onto a double-bound premium ash body.

The J5:HB is equipped with a Fender USA Enforcer™ humbucking pickup at the bridge and a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele™pickup at the neck.

Other features include a hardtail bridge and two-volume wiring with three-way switching, allowing separate volume control for each pickup.

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Series Custom Artist Series
Model Name J5 Telecaster®
Model Number 015-5000-(806)
Colors (806) Black, (Polyurethane Finish)
Body Premium Ash
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood, 12″ Radius (305mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups
– 3 Chrome Covered Enforcer™ “Wide Range”
– Humbucking Pickups (Neck, Middle and Bridge)
Controls Volume (Neck Pickup), Volume (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching
– 3-Position Toggle:
– Position 1. Bridge Pickup
– Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
– Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge American Tele 6-Saddle Humbucker Bridge
Machine Heads Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 1-Ply Chrome
Scale Length 25.5″ (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875″ (43 mm)
Unique Features
– Matching Black Painted Headstock
– Chrome Applique Decal
– Toggle Switch Mounted on Upper Bout
– Chrome Switch Tip
– 3-Over/3-Under Modified Tele XII Headstock Shape
– Narrow Dot Spacing
Strings Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel
Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
Accessories Deluxe Black Hardshell Case (Red Interior)
Case Deluxe Black Hardshell Case
Introduced 7/2003

Fender Custom Shop J5 Bigsby Signature Telecaster (Black)

j5-bigsby-customFrom Fender.com

A modern-day classic.

Its unusual three-on-a-side headstock tops a shaved maple neck (for behind-the-nut bends) with a rosewood fingerboard bolted onto a double-bound premium ash body.

The J5: Bigsby is equipped with a Seymour Duncan® Hot Rails™ humbucking pickup at the bridge and a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele™pickup at the neck, plus a Bigsby-licensed vibrato system.

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Model Name J5 Bigsby® Telecaster®
Model Number 015-5500-(806)
Series Custom Artist Series
Colors 806) Black, (Polyurethane Finish)
Body Premium Ash
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood, 12″ Radius (305mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups
– 1 Custom Shop “Twisted” Tele®
– Single-Coil (Neck),
– 1 Seymour® Duncan Hot Rails™
– Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching:
– 3-Position Blade:
– Position 1. Bridge Pickup
– Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
– Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge 6-Saddle Adjustable Bridge with Fender Bigsby® Vibrato Tailpiece
Machine Heads Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome Pickguard 1-Ply Chrome
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Unique Features
– Matching Black Painted Headstock,
– Chrome Applique Decal,
– Chrome Switch Tip,
– 3-Over/3-Under Modified Tele XII Headstock Shape,
– Narrow Dot Spacing
Strings Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
AccessoriesDeluxe Black Hardshell Case
Case Deluxe Black Hardshell Case
Introduced 7/2003

J5 Signature Acoustic

fender-acousticThe instantly recognizable John 5 is of course an in-demand metallurgist/shredder of the first order.

Actually, though, he’s a truly fine guitarist in just about any genre—especially country chicken pickin’—and he’s just as blazing on acoustic as he is on electric.

Hence, our J5 Signature Acoustic was designed in conjunction with J5 himself to provide fantastic tone, light-speed playability and terrific stage appearance.

Features include a gloss Black body with chrome pickguard, solid spruce top, mahogany neck, back and sides, chrome die-cast tuners, a Florentine (sharp) cutaway, John 5 Telecaster® headstock and Fishman® Classic IV T electronics with built-in tuner.

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Model Name J5
Model Number 095-8801-006
Series Artist Signature Series
Colors (006) Black
Body Style Super Folk Cutaway Acoustic / Electric
Finish Gloss, (Polyurethane)
Top Solid Spruce
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Bracing X Bracing
Back and Sides Laminated Premium Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fingerboard Rosewood
No. of Frets 20
Bridge Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
Machine HeadsBlack, (Die-Cast)
Electronics Fender/Fishman® Classic 4T™
Pickup System with Active On-Board Pre-Amp which Features:
– Integrated Electronic Tuner with On/Off Switch
– Volume
ElectronicsBass
– Mid
– Treble
Body (Mid-Sweep)
Low Battery Indicator Light
Scale Length 25.3″ (643mm)
Body Depth 3.3″ (Front), 3.58″ (Rear)
Width at Nut 1.69″ (43mm)
Width at Heel 2.24″ (57mm)
Unique Features
– Chrome Pickguard
– White Dot Position Inlay
– 3-Over/3-Under Modified Tele XII Headstock Shape
– Matching Painted Headstock
Strings Fender 60L Phosphor Bronze, p/n 0730060003
Gauges .012 to .052
Accessories None
Introduced 1/2004

Audiotech Source Selector 1×6

AudiotechGuitar players and guitar techs are constantly plagued by ways to switch in and out multiple guitar wireless units. Or when you’re in the studio and you need to switch between multiple amp heads to expand the tone pallet. What do you do? Our Source Selector 1×6 allows one in to six out or six in to one out switching. Unlike other units, which only allow up to four channels to select from.

The Audiotech Guitar Products Source Selector 1X6™ rack mount switching unit comes with seven 1/4″ jacks for channels “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5” and “6” and a common “IN/OUT”.

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• Run up to 6 wireless units, with only one channel on at a time
• Run multiple amps onstage or in the studio
• Grounds channels that are not in use when used to switch amps
• Optical switching for smooth silent channel selection
• Keep 6 guitars on stand-by ready to go and use as an audio mute for silent guitar changes
• More channels allow you to run four channels of wireless, one channel as hard cable and one channel as mute
• LED’s indicate active channels when on a dark stage or in a dimly lit studio
• Uses highest quality components for the best signal integrity
• Housed in heavy duty cold rolled steel for years of reliable use and performance
• Dimensions: 19.0 X 6.0 X 1.7

 TC Electronics

john-5-tc-electronics“I need my gear to cover everything I do from country to metal, and TC delivers in spades.”

John 5 uses: 

Flashback Delay

Corona Chorus

Polytune

Spark Booster

Toneprints by John 5:

Clean Chorus: http://www.tcelectronic.com/corona-chorus-john-5-clean-chorus/

Warble Chorus: http://www.tcelectronic.com/corona-chorus-john-5-warble-chorus/

The Evertune Bridge

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Marshall Amps

“I want to use the best amps in the world. That’s why I’ll be Marshall forever!”

In 2010, Marshall Gear caught up with John 5 backstage at The Gruesome Twosome tour, in which he spoke about using his JCM900

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Extra Strength SL-X
– 50 Watt 2500 SL-X and 100 Watt 2100 SL-X amplifier formats.
– Extra ECC83 [12AX7] valve in the pre-amp
– Switchable master volumes
– 4 band EQ
– Pre-amp volume control and a Gain sensitivity [which goes from 0-20!]
– Effects loop
– Direct output
– Switchable high and low output
– Valve failure LEDs.
Dual Reverb Flexibility
– A wide variety of combo and head formats
– Two independent channels
– Independent Gain and Volume controls
– Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence tone controls
– Reverb level controls for each channel
– Series Effects loop
– Compensated Line Out
– High to Low power switch [100 Watts down to 50 Watts on 100 Watt models and 50 Watts down to 25 Watts on 50 Watt models]
– Valve failure LEDs.
– Unique fail-safe circuit on 100 Watt models to keep the amp running in the event of a valve failure to get you through to the end of the gig.

Marshall JVM

marshall-jvm-imageIt’s just perfect and of course thats no surprise to anyone, I mean it’s a Marshall – JVM

Marshall JVM410H 100W 4-Channel Guitar Amp Head — The Marshall JVM410H head is possibly Marshall’s most versatile amplifier to date. You get all the great tones that can be found on the TSL & DSL ranges, but the JVM410H gives you an extra channel to play with, making 4 in total, and with 3 modes per channel – you’ll be sculpting tones you’d never thought possible before!   More details:  In addition the JVM410H features independent volume/gain & reverb controls for each channel and dual programmable master volumes; perfect for a complicated live/studio set up. With fewer channeled amps, what sounds right on 1 channel may sound totally out of place on another, and these independent controls allow you to be more exacting with your sounds. Add to this a “silent” recording mode and 128 programmable Midi system, and its easy to see why the JVM410H is a popular choice for professionals and amateurs alike.

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Type: Head Output
(RMS): 100 Watt Pre-Amp
Valves: 4 x ECC83
Power Amp Valves: 1 x ECC83, 4 x EL34
Footswitch (Supplied): PEDL-00044
Dimensions (mm): 750x310x215
Weight (kg): 22Kg

Boss Pedals

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Coffin Case

John 5 has been using Coffin Cases since the mid nineties.  Check out Coffin Case’s website: http://www.coffincase.com/

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Peterson Strobe Tuners Stomp Classic

Peterson Strobe Tuners StompFrom Peterson Tuners:

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…many exclusive Peterson features into the Stomp Classic such as Peterson’s pioneering true bypass circuitry, a host of new Sweetened Tunings™ that include support for 7-string guitars, electric violin and mandolin-family instruments, along with our renowned built-in, fully adjustable, active DI.Unparalleled note detection and a high definition real-time strobe display resolution of 0.1 cent combined with a host of presets allowing for each instrument’s individual idiosyncrasies (including string deflection, interval spacing, harmonic nature and range), place the Stomp Classic in the top of its class among rival pedal tuners.An extremely bright, high contrast LCD display makes the Stomp Classic an excellent choice for use outdoors or where ever lighting conditions are less than desirable. Integrated pedal-board mounting lugs keep the Stomp Classic in place on the road and while in use.The Stomp Classic is built like a tank and capable of taking the most grueling punishment while protecting your cables with the included cable guard. We have designed this to be the most roadworthy tuner you can place on your pedal-board.The Stomp Classic’s look pays homage to the most iconic tuner of the 1970s, the ST-11 Strobotuner – still used then and now on the stages of some of the most exalted of rock gods!

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Size: 5.25in x 3.25in x 2.25in
Weight: 1lb. including battery
Power: 9VDC 80mA (Nominal)
Detection Accuracy: 0.1 cent (1/10th cent)
Display Resolution: 0.1 cent (1/10th cent)
Calibration: A=390Hz to A=490Hz
Temperaments: 23 preset Sweeteners
Programmability: Via USB Port
Input: ¼? jack
Outputs: ¼? jack (unbalanced)
XLR (balanced)
Tuning Range: 8Hz to 8000Hz

G1J John 5 Signature Pedal

zoom-pedalGuitarist John 5 has compiled one of the most impressive resumes in rock. In addition to his own solo work, his commanding riffs combined with his composition skills have most recently earned him a coveted spot playing with rock icon Rob Zombie.

Because of his extended list of accomplishments, Zoom has created the G1J pedal featuring John 5’s favorite and most innovative guitar sounds. It offers 40 patches emulating John 5’s choice sounds and 40 open to the user’s creativity. With the dry, edgy tube amp sound of “American Witch,” the warped, apocalyptic sound of “Dooms Day” or even the clean country sound of “Country Shred,” aspiring guitarists can add a touch of John 5 to their own, unique riffs.

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– 40 amazing presets by John 5 himself
– Zoom ZFX-3 24-bit/96KHz digital multi-effects processor
– 40kHz frequency response
– Built-in drum machine and harmonized pitch shifter
– 54 effects types / 8 modules
– 80 patches (40 signature sounds and 40 user defined)
– Operates on 4 AA batteries or included AC power adapter
– Includes a custom poster, patch list, specially designed pick and a greeting card from the artist