Parker Moore’s Rig Rundown
Parker Moore plays guitar for Oakland’s excellent Catholic Radio. The band is currently promoting their two-part release, The Last Summer Vol 1, & 2, naturally. Moore has taken a few minutes to discuss his personal gear preferences. Because you’re a good person, upon finishing this article, you’ll beat feet post haste and check out their music @ www.catholicradiomusic.com.
For The Last Summer Vols 1 & 2 I used an all-original ’73 Hagstrom Viking V-1N on most of the tracks. It’s a semi-hollow w/ 2 humbuckers – super versatile, dirty or clean. It does a great job keeping clarity and resonance on the open string chord voicings I use quite a bit. For tight, fuzzy tones on tracks like Silver Kid and In the Sun, I played an ’86 Strat (Japanese) with original pickups. I had one of the blend pickup mods done years ago. Not sure which mod, but it sounds excellent and covers more range than before.
I always go through a (probably ’76) Music Man 112RD – an interesting solid state preamp and tube power amp hybrid with excellent clean, warm tone and tons of volume to spare. Celestion speaker replaced the original EV.
Supposedly was owned by Barry “The Fish” Melton prior to me buying it in 2008. I generally run it very low gain with deep and bright switches on for a full foundation, then use pedals for color.
Lots of Catalinbread. Most of the tunes have a little bit of overdrive from the Galileo and very slight squish from the Xotic SP Compressor. For the grittier tunes I’m using the Karma Suture for a splitty foundation. Buzz up on leads courtesy of the Manx Loaghtan – a rams head muff-style fuzz with broad EQ shaping. Slight phase on several tunes from the Blackout Effectors Sibling, and Small Stone when I wanted a traditional deep phase.
The Memory Man with Hazari is my long-time favorite soup of choice for any number of traditional and bizarro delay effects – it will paint any tripped out landscape you can imagine. The DD-3 mainly for slapback. And the Dispatch Master for warm verb and simple echo on many tunes. We ran keys through it (chained with an Echorec) on a few tunes for some manual time-warped goodness.