Cal Kehoe – Pink Talking Fish

Cal’s main guitars include a 2019 Paul Reed Smith Special, a 1991 Fender Strat Ultra, and a 2021 Fender Jazzmaster Acoustasonic. The PRS and Jazzmaster have stock pickups, but the ’91 Strat has Seymour Duncans installed. Cal likes the D’Addario NYXL 10.5 balanced tension strings for electric and the Martin Retro Acoustic 11’s for his Jazzmaster Acoustasonic. His pick of choice is the Dunlop Jazz III Max Grip Carbon Fiber 1.38mm and also the Dunlop Gator 2.0mm.

Cal’s massive pedal chain includes, and in this order: a Dunlop Dimebag Daryl wah-wah, Origin Effects Cali76 Stacked Edition compressor, Comet KODA overdrive, Electro Harmonix Big Muff (opamp version), JHS Bonsai (tubescreamer style overdrive), Beetronix Fatbee overdrive, Jackson Audio Golden Boy transparent overdrive, Jackson Audio Cori Wong Optimist overdrive, Digitech Ricochet pitch shifter, Digitech Drop paired with Xotic EP Boost for level matching, Line 6 HX FX for modulation and delay effects, Chass Bliss Audio Mood looper/delay, Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall analog delay, and finally a Wampler Faux Spring reverb.

Cal’s amp is actually a modeling amp (digital, virtual amplifier) called the Walrus Audio ACS1 that feeds directly to the mixing board. It is loaded with a ’65 Deluxe Reverb Amp model using a Celestion speaker cabinet impulse response.