Magazine article Guitar Player

Live Wires: Nickelback

Magazine article Guitar Player

Live Wires: Nickelback

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Touring in support of their mega-popular brand of grunge metal, Nickelback guitarists Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake use contrasting guitars to forge distinct timbres, but they maintain similar backlines to unify their wall of sound. Kroeger's main electrics are Paul Reed Smith Singlecuts loaded with PRS #7 pickups and strung with Ernie Ball .011-.048 sets, and his acoustic of choice is a Morgan fitted with a Fishman pickup and strung with Ernie Ball mediums. Peake picks stock Gibson ES-135 and ES-335 models, and a Fender Tele with EMG81 and EMG60 pickups--all of which are strung with Ernie Ball .012-.056 sets. Each player uses Dunlop .60mm Tortex picks.

Both Kroeger and Peake plug into Sennheiser wireless systems, which route their signals to their respective pedalboards and amps. Kroeger's pedalboard includes a Heil Talk Box (driven by the speaker jack on his Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier head), a direct box for his acoustic, and four Boss pedals--a TR-2 tremolo, a TU-2 tuner, an LS-2 line selector (to switch between clean and dirty amps), and an NS-2 noise gate (for his dirty signal). …

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