Muse a three-piece band with Matthew Bellamy on guitar (Plus vocals and writing), Chris Wolstenholme on Bass and Dominic Howard on Drums. With hints of Radiohead-esque dramatics and enough angst to blow away the likes of Nirvana, Muse have always thought and acted differently to your average rock band. After starting out playing together at high school in Teignmouth, Devon the foundations of their success were laid when they quit school to become full time musicians and renamed themselves Muse.
For those of you who missed the band on their recent European Arena Tour their stage show is phenomenal. With numerous large screens and a futuristic designed set, the Devon lads provide a wonderful backdrop to showcase tracks from Absolution, The Origin of Symmetry and Showbiz.
No wonder then that guitarist Matt Bellamy couldn't wait to get his hands on the HD147. We really do listen to what guitarists want - extreme high gain, lots of headroom and crystal clean sounds that stay clean even when cranked up to the max. The HD147 has this, and more, in abundance.
We managed to catch up with the band at their December show at the NEC and here's what Matt had to say about the gear he's been using recently:
"I used to layer the guitars quite a lot, but this time around I wanted to get just one guitar part to stand out and be just perfect.
Now I've completely changed my sound, because I found this new Diezel amp which is modelled inside the HD147 which I use when a full rig isn't required. So for Radio sessions and smaller venues the HD147 works perfectly.
What I also use is a Line 6 Echo Pro, which is actually a studio unit. Because it's also MIDI-controllable, I can have it on a rack next to the amp, leaving the signal between the guitar and amp completely clean. It goes straight from me into the amp, with the Echo Pro running parallel. So when I hit my MIDI foot-controller the amp brings it into the loop."
Matt and bassist Chris also use the PODxt Pro and Bass PODxt Pro in their rack units alongside the Echo Pro, Filter Pro and Mod Pro. Not all of these effects are used exclusively for guitar sounds either, running vocals through the units to create some far out sounds. So if you're wondering how you can emulate the Muse sound check out the HD147 and Just Plug in Baby!