Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Chris Shiflett, guitarist for the Foo Fighters.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
I’ve got a Vox AC30 with two Vox 4x12s.
How did you come across this particular item?
I reached out to my artist rep at Vox and asked him about it and they helped put it together for us. As a matter of fact, the first one that he sent me just to try, he said to me, “OK I have one here that I can loan you for a rehearsal, but don’t fuck it up because it’s actually Paul McCartney’s.” So I made sure that I never set my drink on it and made sure it didn’t get scuffed.
What is it that you like about it so much?
I’ve had AC30 combos for years and I’ve used them on and off, but it always sounded weird to me going from a 4x12 to a combo. It doesn’t sound right. So now A/B-ing between them and having them come through the same configuration of speakers has been great.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I’ve got my Friedman Brown Eye going through two 4x12s and then I’ve got my Vox AC30 going through two 4x12s and I A/B between them. On our new record I used an AC15 more than anything else. That was why I wanted to get the Vox up there on stage, because for the new stuff I wanted to have that Vox sound up there. The Vox distortion is more classic than the Friedman.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
Our new album Concrete and Gold comes out on September 15 and we’re touring Australia in January 2017 with Weezer. Weezer!
Concrete and Gold is out now via Roswell Records/Sony Music Australia and can be ordered here. Foo Fighters will touring Australia in January and February 2018 via Frontier Touring.