Mike Keneally - Photo by Marc Mennigmann
Mike Keneally – Photo by Marc Mennigmann

I’m very grateful for my musical instruments and equipment. But I don’t fetishize gear the way some players do; I have a very utilitarian relationship with the stuff. In the recording studio, I get a sound in my head, try different things until I achieve it, and then pretty instantly forget what I’ve just done. When people ask me what I did to get a specific sound on a specific song, I usually can’t remember. For live work, I keep things as streamlined and simple as possible – once a live rig gets too complex, it stops being fun for me to use.

When people ask me to do gear-oriented interviews (or Antal asks me to provide gear info for this website), my brain glazes over. It’s like asking me to fill out insurance applications or something like that. I just can’t stand it.

Someday this gear page may provide what a page like this is expected to: photos and descriptions of my gear.

Until then, I provide the links below. I’m very grateful to have relationships with a lot of great manufacturers who take care of my needs, and I have become friends with many of the people who work at these places. These fine companies make it more possible for me to do the things I do – many thanks to all of them:

Rivera Amps

Fender Guitars

Charvel Guitars

Jackson Guitars

Taylor Guitars

EMG Pickups

Dean Markley Strings

Dunlop Picks

KORG Keyboards

DigiTech effects

Source Audio effects

Pigtronix effects

Mike Keneally