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Billie Joe Armstrong Equipment

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i have proven the people wrong who said billy uses a fender bassman head during the 1039 era and uberproaudiogear site says he used a ds-2 and micro amp but thats false as well. billie used no pedals just the gain from his amp. the amp ivebeen trying to figure is finally solved...hes playing thru a 70s acoustic 360 bass amp head and those amps have built in gain "acoustic company calls it GROWL".the head he had looked like the front paneling was ripped off

What pedal has he used in old 93-94 videos ive seen a pedal by him

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i think i know what your talking about...i remember one show in japan where the last song was good riddance n hewas by himself playing blue and he stepped on a pedal but thats no more than a footswitch for his amp channel but after awhile it seems that billie doesnt control it anymore prolly his techs but i was clearing up the whole pedal sound of 1039 era cuz even when you watch them back then its his guitar blue with no pedals...just a cable into an amp but pedals are included in his rig today

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Every one read my post above for blue info,

Yes, there have been NO replicas of blue AT ALL, just other blue coloured guitars that billie has used for nimrod songs and in Brazil while blue was getting an unknown repair done

Here's some pics of his guitars

Frankestein Guitar(maybe it's guitar, which Billie smashed in 1997-9)

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Red Strat

Taken from canal+ 1997

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The First guitar is one of 2 guitars billie used for nimrod songs, the second guitar is Frankinstein


trust me, I have taken alot of time to research this, Years

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Blue was getting refretted and it's name was azul

He also got a new seymour duncan humbucker pickup

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I thought there were no pics of frankensteins out...

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Can anybody tell me what pickups he uses in his sunburst strat. From the Basket Case Bullet In A Bible video it's got a black humbucker with two single coils.

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What mics do they use on the guitar cabs

I know you asked this practically two years ago but i figured I'd answer anyway.

I read somewhere that he uses the Shure SM57 for guitar cabinets. I have his live mic the Shure SM58 and if you take the head off of that it's almost like the SM57.

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There's still not photo of Frankenstein yet, maybe the red one is, considering it has different pickups.

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You're right about the other guitars, but he definitely has multiple Blue replicas. I don't think he's used the original blue live for some time.

Billie has always used the Real one live, there are no Replicas or 'Blue Replacments'

There's still not photo of Frankenstein yet, maybe the red one is, considering it has different pickups.

THIS is frankenstein p1ldjozd7lsp.png

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He had Blue replicas at one point, around the time of nimrod. Fender built them for him.

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Billie has always used the Real one live, there are no Replicas or 'Blue Replacments'

THIS is frankenstein p1ldjozd7lsp.png

Are you sure? I don0t see a lot of different parts.

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There's still not photo of Frankenstein yet, maybe the red one is, considering it has different pickups.

Actually, this is the pink one lol :lol: But Hammie's right - this must be Frankenstein. He also had two very similiar-looking (one of these was confused with Frankenstein) sonic blue Fernandes models built by Bill Schneider, with custom-made Fender-like neck.

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Actually, this is the pink one lol :lol: But Hammie's right - this must be Frankenstein. He also had two very similiar-looking (one of these was confused with Frankenstein) sonic blue Fernandes models built by Bill Schneider, with custom-made Fender-like neck.

I thought he never used Frankenstein in public?

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I thought he never used Frankenstein in public?

I dunno. But the pink one is Custom Shop Strat.

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Billie has always used the Real one live, there are no Replicas or 'Blue Replacments'

THIS is frankenstein

I want this guitar !!!!!!!

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so i'm bringing back an old thread here, but a post in another thread got me curious and a search led me here. i didn't find what i was looking for, but i wanna talk about Billie's Frankenstein guitar... sorry if i'm beating a dead horse.

a lot of people think it's a strat, but all we know is that he said it was put together from parts bought at a fender shop... he didn't say it was a strat though. i always thought his frankenstein guitar was the black tele he used in the nice guys finish last video. was there ever confirmation that it was a strat? am i missing something? i've never seen another tele in that style with the same color scheme, it definitely seemed like a custom guitar to me.

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1 hour ago, Kyle Serlington said:

so i'm bringing back an old thread here, but a post in another thread got me curious and a search led me here. i didn't find what i was looking for, but i wanna talk about Billie's Frankenstein guitar... sorry if i'm beating a dead horse.

a lot of people think it's a strat, but all we know is that he said it was put together from parts bought at a fender shop... he didn't say it was a strat though. i always thought his frankenstein guitar was the black tele he used in the nice guys finish last video. was there ever confirmation that it was a strat? am i missing something? i've never seen another tele in that style with the same color scheme, it definitely seemed like a custom guitar to me.

Or it might have been this guitar.

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i still think it might be the black one i was talking about. That article said that the red tele and blue strat were from the fender custom shop, which isn't actually a store, it's just what fender calls their ordering for custom instruments made by their professional builders. it's been stated that frankenstein was put together from different parts purchased at a fender store, more of a DIY thing

that's a cool article though, thanks for posting it!

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1 hour ago, Kyle Serlington said:

i still think it might be the black one i was talking about. That article said that the red tele and blue strat were from the fender custom shop, which isn't actually a store, it's just what fender calls their ordering for custom instruments made by their professional builders. it's been stated that frankenstein was put together from different parts purchased at a fender store, more of a DIY thing

that's a cool article though, thanks for posting it!

Around 1999, he also had a Tele almost identical to the ones he sometimes gives away onstage and that are, in Hans Buscher's words, "disposable", but in an inverted color scheme.

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i actually have a tele similar to that but it's been sitting around disassembled for about 10 years now. i think this summer i'm gunna make a project out of it and repaint it, i may try to make it a telecaster version of blue

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Can anyone tell me what cabinet Billie is using? Billie owns two of them - one of these has "Green Day" spraypainted on, but no brand logos or any distinctions at all.

http://imgur.com/a/qqPX5

 

 

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it looks like more of a bass rig to me, in one of the pics of looks like there's 2 circles visible in the screen, so it looks like a 215 cab and it looks like a galien kreuger head on it, and i know mike used to use one of those amps, but i'm pretty sure mike played through a 610 cab back then, and in every pic it's on billie's side of the stage... weird.

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10 hours ago, Kyle Serlington said:

it looks like more of a bass rig to me, in one of the pics of looks like there's 2 circles visible in the screen, so it looks like a 215 cab and it looks like a galien kreuger head on it, and i know mike used to use one of those amps, but i'm pretty sure mike played through a 610 cab back then, and in every pic it's on billie's side of the stage... weird.

Mike, before switching to Ampeg, used to use a GK400B, GK800RB and Billie's Yamaha G100II plus Acoustic 104 cabinet, which is a 6X10 cabinet. And, yes, sometimes that Acoustic cab would wind up on Billie's side of stage and Billie's GK250RL on Mike's side respectively.

The speakers on Billie's cab do seem a little small for 15", although I could be wrong. I tried looking up 2X15 cabs, but no result. Also, the cab has a briefcase-like handle on its longer side, which could signify that the cab was meant to be placed horizontally, not vertically (but GK250RL is a really tiny amp so you could do that either way).

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