Pixies

Black Francis

circa early 1990s

  • Guitars: Fender Telecasters (often a white '80s Japanese w/ tremolo bar and locking nut removed)
  • Effects: TC Electronic BLD; Whirlwind A/B
  • Amps: two Marshall JCM800 Leads with Marshall 4x12s and a Vox AC30 2x12 Top Boost Combo (1991); Soldano head with Marshall 4x12s (1992); at some point, a Mesa combo
  • Other: orange Dunlop Tortex picks, GHS Boomers strings (.010)

circa early 2014

from Premier Guitar:

  • Guitars: two vintage Telecasters, 1963 Gibson SG Jr., 1950s Martin D-18, 1950s Martin D-28
  • Effects: Boss TU-2, Klon Centaur, Joe Gore Duh Remedial Fuzz, Boss FS-5L for AC30 tremolo, Lehle Dual SGoS
  • Amps: two mid-'60s Vox AC30s into Vox cabs, with Weber MiniMASS attenuators; Radial J48 DI (with acoustics; Premier Guitar claims he also runs his Martins through his AC30s)
  • Other: Shure Beta 58 (vocal mic)

Kim Deal

circa early 1990s

  • Basses: Aria Pro II Cardinal Series (Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa); 1962 Fender Precision RI (Doolittle); Music Man Stingray (Bossanova); Steinberger XM-2 (Trompe Le Monde)
  • Effects: DBX 160X compressor
  • Amps: Trace Elliot head into 4x10 Trace Elliot 1048H cab with Peavey Combo 300 1x15 (1991); at some point, SWR head into Gallien-Krueger 4x10 and "Joe's Light" 1x18
  • Other: green Dunlop picks

circa late 2000s

  • Basses: Fender Precision Bass
  • Amps: Ampeg SVT into 8x10
  • Other: green Dunlop picks

Joey Santiago

circa early 1990s

  • Guitars: Gibson Les Pauls (1958 Goldtop RI, 1960 Goldtop RI, white Custom, sunburst Special, Junior); Gibson ES-355 (red w/ Bigsby); Gibson ES-335; Fender Bass VI
  • Effects: circa late 1991: DOD FX-17, Boss OS-2, Marshall Guv'nor, Boss DM-3, Marshall channel switcher, Whirlwind A/B
  • Amps: Around 1988/89, Joey used a Peavey Bandit (and was known for often shaking the reverb tank during performances of "Vamos"), in conjunction with a Roland JC-120 or two. In 1990, he was using a Pearce GR-8 amp. Around 1991 - 1992, he was using a 2x12 Pearce 400 Stereo Combo, through a 1x12 Pearce cab in conjunction with a Marshall rig (4x12 Marshall cabs and presumably JCM800s).
  • Other: orange Dunlop picks, GHS Boomers

circa late 2000s

  • Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Goldtops, Gibson Les Paul Custom (black), '65 Gibson ES-345 (w/ Gibson vibrato), '52 Guild Aristocrat (w/ soapbars) (studio)
  • Amps: two Marshall 50W JCM800s into two 4x12 Marshall cabinets; Swart Atomic Space Tone; Fender BF Vibrolux Reverb (studio)
  • Effects: (among the many that have been identified) Boss FZ-2, Boss PN-2, Boss DM-3, Boss TU-2, MXR Micro Amp, DOD FX-17, Z.Vex Super Hard-On, Menatone Pleasure Trem 5000, EHX Memory Man, SMF Mr. Echo, Swart Atomic Boost, Waves GTR, Maxon AD-9, Whirlwind A/B Selector, Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+
  • Other: Dunlop Tortex picks

circa early 2014

from GuitarGeek and Premier Guitar:

  • Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom RI (black), 1965 Gibson ES-345 (red), Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (gold, w/ Bare Knuckle pickups)
  • Effects: Boss LS-2, GigRig G2, GigRig QuarterMaster 4 (for Moogs), Moogerfooger MF-105M, Moogerfooger MF-104M, Moogerfooger MF-108M (w/ Roland EV-5), Swart Atomic Boost, Bozz FZ-2, Fulltone OCD, Keeley 2-Knob Compressor, Maxon AD-9, Empress Tremolo, DOD FX-17 Wah/Volume, EHX Holy Grail Nano, Ernie Ball Volume, Lehle Dual SGoS, TC Polytune, Boss FS-6 for Vibrolux reverb/tremolo, Boss FS-6 for JCM800 reverb/boost
  • Amps: 1964 Fender Vibrolux 2x10; Marshall JCM800 2205 50W head with Marshall 1960B 4x12 cab
  • Other: Dunlop Tortex .60mm picks, D'Addario 10s, EBow, slide

Apparently, Santiago is endorsing PRS guitars and amps these days for some reason; none of it's in use with the Pixies.

David Lovering

circa early 1990s

  • white five-piece Pearl Pro Prestige custom kit
  • three snares: wooden Tama, two metal Bradys
  • mainly Zildjian cymbals; additionally, Sabian and Paiste cymbals
  • Pearl cage (a la Neil Peart, according to Deal)
  • also reportedly used a Sonor kit in the '80s, and a Tama Artstar kit sometime in the '90s

circa early 2014

  • '70s Jasper shell Gretsch USA custom kit: 22x16 kick, 13x10 and 16x18 toms
  • Shure Beta 91 and Beta 52 on kick, SM57 on snare top, Senn 441 on snare bottom, Senn 421 on toms, Shure SM81 on hats and ride, AKG 414s on overheads

Paz Lenchantin

circa early 2015

  • Basses: 1970 Precision
  • Amps: Ampeg SVT-CL SF into Ampeg 8x10 (miked with Senn 421 and Radial J48 DI); Mesa Boogie 15" Walkabout (smaller stages)
  • Electronics: Moog Taurus
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