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Nels Cline

Equipment Analysis

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Nels Cline primarily uses the 1959 Fender Jazzmaster for all of his Wilco studio recordings as well as using it extensively for live performances. He first purchased a Fender Jaguar to get closer to the Sonic Youth noise sound primarily be utilizing the strings behind the bridge plus some distortion and later fell in love with the tone of the Fender Jazzmaster due to the extra string length via the longer neck scale.

1959 Fender Jazzmaster

Jazzmaster soap bar pickups Alder Body Maple Neck (25.5) Rosewood Fretboard (7.5) 3-way pickup selector. Vintage Frets Slapboard Construction Floating Tremolo bridge Independant volume/tone toggles

Roy 1962 Fender Jazzmaster

Used to belong to Roy Rogers Painted red to match outfit 3-way pickup selector. Vintage Frets Floating Tremolo bridge White paint on neck to designate fret markings Alder body Independant volume/tone toggles

1966 Fender Jaguar

Alder Body Single Coil Jaguar pickups Maple Neck (24) Rosewood Freatboard (7.5) Vintage frets. Alder body 3-way pickup selector. Independant volume/tone toggles

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The Kristen McNenemy Jaguar was purchased for $300 and did not work initially and featured a ton of hippie paint. It has a very loose tremolo system and is featured on the song Hummingbird Kristen McNenemy was put over the hippy paint because Shes so fabulous. The Silver 1969 Fender Jaguar was purchased off Ebay and customly modified by Nels and proved to be a great guitar after much work. Initially, someone had appoxied the electronics of the guitar which required much work to fix People did weird things in the 60s and 70s.

Kristen McNenemy Jazzmaster

Alder Body Single Coil Jaguar pickups Maple Neck (24) Rosewood Fretboard (7.5) Vintage Frets 3-way pickup selector. Independant volume/tone toggles

1969 Fender Jaguar

Repainted to silver color Mirror pickguard Charlie Christian pickup (neck) Seymour Duncan custom pickup (bridge) Vintage Frets 3-way pickup selector.

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When playing acoustically, Nels Cline generally picks up the Yairi for which his parents paid $200 in 1974. Other alternative acoustic guitars include a Taylor 12-string he purchased in 1976, a Baby Taylor which was given to him in 1997 or a 1952 Martin 00-17 he bought four or five years ago.

Yairi DY-53
Mahogany back Solid Spruce top Folk Body Style Mahogany neck DC Rosewood bridge Mahogany neck (25.5) Rosewood fretboard 1-11/16 nut width



GHS Boomer 12s

Dunlop Ultex 1.14mm

Shure SM-57 Dynamic Microphones

Dynamic microphone Used for all studio recordings Positioned a couple inches from the axis Impedance of 150 ohms Undirectional (cardioid) Rotationally symmetrical 40 to 15,000 hertz frequency response

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Klon Centaur Boss CS3 Compressor ProCo Rat Distortion Fulltone 69 Fuzz Fulltone Deja Vibe

Gain 7/10 Treble 6/10 Output 1/10

Level 7/10 Tone 6.5/10 Attack 4/10 Sustain 4.5/10

Distortion 6/10 Filter 3.5/10 Volume 7/10 Mid 5/10 Low 7.5/10

Volume 6/10 Bias 10/10 Contour 10/10 Fuzz 10/10

Volume 10/10 Intensity 6/10

Zvex Fuzz Factory

Boss Vibrato Pedal

Electro-Harmonix Pulsar

Crowther Audio Hot Cake

Boss DD-2 Digital Delay

Volume 6/10 Gate 0/10 Comp 0/10 Drive 7/10 Stab 3/10

Rate 7/10 Depth 2/10 Rise 4/10

Depth 4/10 Shape 4/10 Rate 4/10

Level 6/10 Presence 4/10 Drive 6/10

Level 4/10 Feedback 4/10 Detune 5/10 800ms

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal

Digitech Whammy

Cry Baby Wah

Electro-Harmonix POG

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Nels Cline originally played on vintage Marshall JTM-45 amplifiers, but eventually partnered with Schroeder to design an amplifier specified to his demands. Schroeder DB7Volume 4/10 Treble 1/10 Middle 3.5/10 Bass 3.5/10 Presence 3.5/10

Marshall JTM-45 2x KT66 power tubes 4x ECC83 driver Gz34 Enclosed tone stack and feedback loop Four inputs Two Channels (High, Low) Active tone controls

Schroeder DB7 2 6L6s delivering 40 watts clean headroom Custom wound Mercury Magnetics transformers 1x 6SC7 2x 12AX7s 5U4 rectifier Red tolex standard

Nels Cline Tech Talk. 2010. Nels Cline - Effects De Moi! 2010. What They Play. 2010. Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline. 2010.

Paul Joseph Stewart