Let’s take a look at the guitar rig of Wouter Smit, one of Lifechanger’s guitarist. What guitars and equipment did he use to record Lifechanger’s album?
Wouter admires different well-known guitarists. One of them is Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme. Nuno had different signature guitars made under the Washburn brand. Wouter has used Nuno’s N2 signature brand for the recording of the song “Now you know”. Wouter: “The N2 has an Alder wooden body and a Bill Lawrence bridge pickup that gives it a very characteristic full sound, very good for funky rock and crisp solo sounds, so it came as a natural to use this guitar for this song, as it is the most funky song on the album”. For other shred style solo’s the Ibanez Gio GRG07LTD “Extreme Gear: Dressed in Blood” was used, featuring a black finish with simulated blood splatters. It has a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and dot position markers. “It has a very thin and fast neck, and I changed the stock Ibanez pickup to a GFS Power rails pickup to get a fatter sound with more sustain.”
For other parts he used the LTD MH-53 electric guitar from ESP that has a maple neck, basswood body and a maple fretboard.
Wouter can be seen playing this guitar in the video for “Information Overload” on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWE3RwJH3us Wouter: “This guitar is very forgiving, even less precise solo work sound well on it, and it also has less tension on the string, so you can bend more easily. The sound is warm, and it was a great choice for more challenging solo work, like the solo’s for “Information Overload”.
For the guitar sound very different types of amps and effects were used, like the Joemeek VC2 tube preamp/compressor which has a very rich tube sound, but also the BOSS ME-25, which is a very versatile guitar effect.