Hillsongs tone

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Ed Reed, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Ed Reed

    Ed Reed Senior Member

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    I saw the Hillsongs church band in Okla. City this week end. The guy had some pretty good tones on the electric guitar. Does any one know anything about him or his gear? Some very hip worship music, IMO anyway.
     
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    I think he mostly plays PRS guitars. I saw a DVD, but I don't think they show his gear. I agree with you though, he does have his own sound. And it's good.
     
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    I haven't the foggiest either, but just wanted to say they are awesome :)
    Maybe try to email them or something?
     
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    I don't like the Hillsong guitars at all personally. Very good group overall, excellent worship and deep lyrics. As for guitar playing and tone, not so hot IMO. Of course I have never heard them live so it could be night & day. I also don't like how there are often 4 or 5 guitars up at a time!
     
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    Just cuz I am proud of these kids wanted to share this from Good Friday.
    The Stand
     
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    Hillsong or Hillsong United? These are two different bands.
     
  7. mild

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    If it was hillsong, the guitarist should have looked like this:
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    If that's the guy you want information about, then check the other hillsong united thread. I posted his rig up there, as of last years "God he Reigns" album, upon which he played lead. "Nigel Hendroff"... and yes... he's the man.
     
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    I saw United Wed. in Arlington. One of the guys had great tone (same guy from when I saw them last year in Tulsa). He was playing a strat through an AC30. It looked like he had a pretty extensive pedalboard too, but I couldn't get close enough for a look. I think that a lot of the gear they were using was rented, but I could be wrong. They mentioned renting equipment, and the gear (with the exception of the vox) didn't look like the stuff I've seen on the DVD's. Most of their players on the last few albums have played Gretschs, strats, and occasionally a LP. They are using vox and matchless amps a lot. They were amazingly tight both times I saw them (quite possibly the best rhythm section I've ever seen). I really dig their sound, and the tones on the last two albums have been pretty good IMHO.

    D

    PS Nigel is an awesome player, but he hasn't played with United in a good while. He mainly plays with the main service team as far the recording goes.
     
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    Nigel, uses a pedal or a rack into a vox AC15, or a mesa nomad.

    Getting his basic sound: wah, od, boost, chours, trem, short delay, long delay.

    I can list his whole set up if you want me to!

    Aj
     
  10. Ed Reed

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    Here's a list of the equipment I use. The Switching rig is mainly used
    for church services, studio, albums and conferences. The pedalboard rig

    I use mainly for rehearsals and touring, although they both sound
    similar.



    Guitars:
    Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 Teal Black
    Gibson Les Paul Classic
    Fender Stratocaster 1957 Reissue (USA 1982 made)
    Gretsch Duo Jet
    Taylor 914 -ce with Expression
    Larivee C-05
    Godin Multiac Nylon
    Fender Stratocaster (Jap)

    Amplifiers:
    Mesa Boogie Nomad 55w Head into Fender 2x12 Cab
    Vox AC-15
    Rivera Jake 55w Combo

    Effects: (2 Seperate Rigs) Pedal Rig and Rack Rig

    RACK RIG
    RACK part
    2x DMC GCX Switcher
    MXR Dyna Comp
    Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive
    Ibanez Tube Screamer
    Radial Tonebone Hot British Distortion
    G2D Custom Fuzz
    Voodoo Lab Pedal Power
    Line 6 Echo Pro
    TC Electronic G-Force
    Custom Patch Panel

    PEDALBOARD Part
    DMC Ground Control Pro
    Jim Dunlop Wah
    Ernie Ball Volume
    Micro Buffer 2
    Boss TU-2 Tuner

    PEDALBOARD RIG
    Ibanez Tube Screamer
    Fulltone Fulldrive 2
    Expandora Overdrive/Crunch/Distortion
    Ernie Ball Jr. Volume
    Voodoo Lab Tremolo
    Voodoo Lab Analog Chorus
    Boss DM-2 Analog Delay
    Boss DD-5 Digital Delay
    Jim Dunlop Univibe
    Line 6 Delay Modeler
    Custom Audio Electronics Power Supply



    Hope this helps. God Bless,

    Nigel Hendroff
    Musicians
    Hillsong Church
     
  12. burnydee

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    At Hillsong Conference 2006, I attended one of the muso workshops where Nigel was running the workshop. I took a pic of his small pedalboard (will upload later, hehe) but he uses Fulldrive 2, AC booster, Keeley comp, amongst others.

    His large setup in the main arena is all rack based and I didn't get a pic of that, but he told us that he was playing into 3 amps hidden under the stage - Matchless DC30, Vox AC15 and AC30. So THAT'S how you get such a huge sound Nige :)

    In contrast, Israel and New Breed's guitarist was playing on stage into a simple Pod XT Live - straight into the desk I believe.

    Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston said this classic quote, when he came on stage after I&NB finished an incredibly polished, musically intricate and beautifully arranged worship set:

    "How on earth did our music get famous?"

    T'was funny :) As much as I love Hillsong and I am amazed at what they have done in leading a global worship movement, they sounded like amateurs compared to Israel & New Breed. Different styles entirely of course, but I&NB are just stunning live. And their guitarist uses a humble Pod :)

    Side note for bassists - Hillsong no longer uses bass amps. Their bassists go straight into the mixing desk via a DI box. I'm sure they use a high quality DI :)
     
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    Nigel has been using his Gretsch Duo Jet lately on the past 2 albums.
     
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    Cool info.
    Love the stuff Hillsong is coming out with as well as Desperation Band and Tomlin (anyone hear that new rendition of Amazing Grace (My Chains are gone) )
     
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    Heard Chris do AG live a few nights ago.

    Stunning and spellbinding. Can't wait to see the movie.

    What a positive dude with a positive message. Very humble.

    Great band ... tight, enthusiastic, etc., etc. ...

    That would be a fun gig!

    Have fun,
    Dennis E.
     
  16. burnydee

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    Here it is - Nigel's rack gear from Hillsong 05 I believe, it's probably entirely different now!!
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    And as promised, this is his 2006 conference mini-board from the muso workshop ... man I'd love to have that as my "small" rig :)

    [​IMG]

    Oh even for his small rig, he plays into a pair of amps.
     
  17. Ed Reed

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    Thanks for the pics. What is the "Classic" pedal?
     
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    http://www.g2d.co.nz/products.php?Action=Details&ProductID=2

    BTW I saw Hillsongs at the Dolphin Theatre in London a while back. They had three guitarists 2 with PODS and one with a Boogie. Each single tone wasnt great, but the composite sound (3 electrics 2 acoustics 1 bass 2 keys drums and percussion) was great. Talk about teamwork.
     
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    Thanks for the Pics!
     
  20. mild

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    Hi. Hopefully this helps some people...

    Nigel's Conference '07 Rig:
    Gats:
    Gretsch Duo Jet
    Les Paul Supreme

    Amps:
    Matchless Cheftain (his DC-30 was being fixed)
    Vox AC-30

    Pedals:
    No rack! Just a board. 4 delays! Pedals of note: Hao Rumble Mod, PA Dual Drive, Maxon OD-820, Fulltone Wah...

    [​IMG]

    Cheers all, bless ya... and come to conference next year! It was incredible, challenging, life changing. I can't express what it meant to me, both as a musician, and as a worshipper.

    Peace,
    JL
     

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