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orkosteven's picture
Gourock, Scotland
Mar 2004
10 years ago

hey,
i was just wondering if anybody knows the kind of gear Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro uses, from seeing them live many times, i know that he uses a fender strat(model?), some kind of creme coloured peavey amp for cleans and i think a marshall plexi with distortion pedals for his dirty sounds, just want to know what pedals he uses if anybody knows?, think they might be Boss.
i know quite alot of people might not know who the hell Biffy Clyro are!, thats cos they are only really known in britian, and not even that well.

any answers would be great!!, i'm sure at least one of you geeks will know!, if you've never heard of Biffy you should check them out too!! they are amazing

thanks;)

monkeyspunky's picture
London, UK
Dec 2002
4 years ago

you're spot on about the amps

the guitar is a strat modded to have only one pickup, i believe the extra clean tone comes from an internal phase setup

as for effects -

boss ds1
boss hyper metal
boss metal zone
boss tuner

used to use a boss acoustic simulator

i think he'll begin to incorporate some different stuff into his rig with the new album, just got a funny feeling

he's the only person i know who can make those boss pedals sound cool

Wampler Clean Buffer
EHX HOG (True Bypass Loop)
Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeller
Lovetone Meatball
MXR Distortion + (1977 - True Bypass Mod)
PROCO RAT 2 (Keeley)
Radial Tonebone Hot British
Lovetone Big Cheese
Zvex Mastotron
Zvex Super Duper 2 in 1
Hilton Volume Pedal (to Boss TU2)
True Bypass Strip
Boss CE2 (1978 MIJ)
MXR Carbon Copy
Boss DD3
EHX 2880
Line 6 DL4
Boss DD-20
Eventide Timefactor
Boss RV3

www.theshadowproject.co.uk

orkosteven's picture
Gourock, Scotland
Mar 2004
10 years ago

Originally posted by monkeyspunky
you're spot on about the amps

the guitar is a strat modded to have only one pickup, i believe the extra clean tone comes from an internal phase setup

as for effects -

boss ds1
boss hyper metal
boss metal zone
boss tuner

used to use a boss acoustic simulator

i think he'll begin to incorporate some different stuff into his rig with the new album, just got a funny feeling

he's the only person i know who can make those boss pedals sound cool

thanks alot!, i went to see them at a virgin megastore gig once and i got a good look at one of his strats, he had it with a bridge and a middle pickup, no neck pickup, and no toggle switch, so he must have had i set permenently set between the two.

i love his guitar sound, both clean and distorted, and that really cool half crunchy clean sound he gets too.

i totally agree with you, he is the only guy that can make them pedals sound good!

i take it he uses some kind of A/B box too?

my band supported them once, they took about an hour and a half to soundcheck!!!, well worth it tho!, they always sound good live!
thanks alot for the reply monkeyspunk you hit the nail firmly on the head!!!!
cheers big ears!

monkeyspunky's picture
London, UK
Dec 2002
4 years ago

no problem dude

i saw them at virgin megastore oxford street a while back when they were promoting questions and answers

i've seen them about 6 times now

always good

my friends band supported them also a while back

now members of my band ;)

they're nice guys too :)

I guess there must be an a/b box in there somewhere unless he runs both amps in stereo

Wampler Clean Buffer
EHX HOG (True Bypass Loop)
Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeller
Lovetone Meatball
MXR Distortion + (1977 - True Bypass Mod)
PROCO RAT 2 (Keeley)
Radial Tonebone Hot British
Lovetone Big Cheese
Zvex Mastotron
Zvex Super Duper 2 in 1
Hilton Volume Pedal (to Boss TU2)
True Bypass Strip
Boss CE2 (1978 MIJ)
MXR Carbon Copy
Boss DD3
EHX 2880
Line 6 DL4
Boss DD-20
Eventide Timefactor
Boss RV3

www.theshadowproject.co.uk

orkosteven's picture
Gourock, Scotland
Mar 2004
10 years ago

yeah they are nice guys!,

i've seen them about ten times or somethin, every gig has been great!, :)

thanks again for the info!, :D

monkeyspunky's picture
London, UK
Dec 2002
4 years ago

;)

Wampler Clean Buffer
EHX HOG (True Bypass Loop)
Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeller
Lovetone Meatball
MXR Distortion + (1977 - True Bypass Mod)
PROCO RAT 2 (Keeley)
Radial Tonebone Hot British
Lovetone Big Cheese
Zvex Mastotron
Zvex Super Duper 2 in 1
Hilton Volume Pedal (to Boss TU2)
True Bypass Strip
Boss CE2 (1978 MIJ)
MXR Carbon Copy
Boss DD3
EHX 2880
Line 6 DL4
Boss DD-20
Eventide Timefactor
Boss RV3

www.theshadowproject.co.uk

auz's picture
London, ENGLAND
Mar 2004
12 years ago

awsome band. my band played with them at the first kerrang fest in camber sands.
i didnt get to talk to the singer/guitarist much as he was pretty quiet off stage but the drummer ben and i had the maddest night getting drunk and playin silly buggers! we kept people awake all night while stumbling from room to room, which the guys in ill nino didn't find very funny (cant imagine why).
anyway, awsome blokes even better musicians, PLEASE CHECK EM OUT!

www.biffyclyro.com

Ryan_77uk's picture
Dec 2002
6 years ago

Biffy are great! The current best British live band I think. Saw them supporting Hundred Reasons last week and the blew HR off the stage, there was no way they could follow Biffys set.

I can't believe he uses those distortion pedals, they really do normally sound lame!

Ryan

scottishpunk's picture
Glasgow
Dec 2002
3 years ago

last time i saw biffy clyro at T in the Park he was using that strat and some wee red thing with humbuckers in it, but i couldnt tell you what that was (too much buckfast).
I saw them at the barrowlands supporting weezer a few years back, i thought they were all right but theyre too samey if you ask me, 57 is a cool song but its the best thing theyve written and that was a while ago. And they were utter shite supporting the deftones at the braehead arena (bad venue but deftones still owned), total lack of presence, mercury tilt switch where the first band on and completely blew them away and they arent even signed as far as i know.
seem like nice down to earth blokes though and i love the fact they got told by the label their old name (screwfish) was too stupid so they changed it to something equally dumb.

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no_happy's picture
London and York, UK
Jan 2004
3 years ago

there definetlky very cool

im seeing them for my fourth time next month

i think the small cream amp is a peavery classic 30.... and if i remember last time he had two marhsall heads... (one might have been a back up) and i seem to remember a fender combo about

JDogg's picture
Greater London, UK
Oct 2003
10 years ago

Biffy are great! The current best British live band I think. Saw them supporting Hundred Reasons last week and the blew HR off the stage, there was no way they could follow Biffys set.

I saw them last night!

They were actually very dissapointing. Supporting hundred reasons. They played 5/6 songs and were on for 25 minutes. They just didn't seem to care, was quite dissapointing.

They've been so good the other 4/5 times i've seen them.

Hundred Reasons were fantastic though. They're two of my faivourite bands but Hundred Reasons made up for a pretty bad short Biffy set. It's wierd it was the other way around where you saw them.

Simon used 2 fender strats last night, with the little cream amp for cleans but I dcouldn't see much else.

I think he uses all Bos pedals though from a picture I saw of his pedal board.

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the light bends on my face, there'd be tears if I cried
And I'll try not to think what the happy things were
I just think of the stuff that just made me **** scared

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