Robert Harvey and Mark Fisher

The Electric Waste Band has two lead guitarists, swapping the lead on different songs and playing lead rhythm when not on lead.

Photograph by Hal Masonberg

Guitarist Robert Harvey’s rig rundown:

Robert’s main axe is a late ‘80s, stock Fender Strat Plus with the original Lace Sensor pickups. He plays without any buffer or “OBEL” type setup that many Jerry types use. Robert doesn’t go for a Jerry tone specifically, but instead he follows his gut and ears targeting the best “big, clean, and 3D” sound he can get. He plays through an original ’67 Fender Twin Reverb amp with original-style Jensen ceramic magnet speakers, staying true to the original amp’s voicing. He likes to set his amp with the treble at 5.5, the mids at 6.5, and the bass at a big fat 7.5. Robert will also stack a Carr Rambler amp on top of his Twin to help him get some even sweeter and more forgiving treble and will often relax the treble of the Twin sitting below it. That combination of two amps really has found a home in his regular gigging setup. 

Robert also prefers thinner picks with the classic Dunlop 60mm nylon or the red Tortex 50. When it comes to effects, he uses a Boss ME50 combo unit to help provide volume control, delay, octave, occasional distortion, some extra EQ using the “fat” setting, and reverb, as he said his Twin’s reverb has been dead for a while now. He also uses the Fulltone OCD distortion pedal and F2B clean boost pedal. And for the essential auto-wah sound he uses the Mu-FX TruTron 3 by Mike Biegel, the designer of Jerry’s original MuTron III.

Bob Weir and Mark Fisher, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA Photograph © Bob Minkin

Guitarist Mark Fisher’s rig rundown:
Mark has a truly unique and creative rig with his main axe being a miniature Baby Taylor acoustic guitar with a built-in pickup. He runs the Baby into a Mackie Mixer which splits the signal in 4 different directions. One output goes to a Mackie powered speaker and subwoofer for a high-fi, clean and very large acoustic tone. Another output feeds a Mesa Trans Atlantic tube amp which itself can be toggled between a clean and dirty channel. Another split feeds a classic ’65 Fender Vibrolux for that well known, traditional amp sound. And finally, the last split feeds a Mesa Mark IV which itself can toggle from clean, dirty, and very dirty. Mark will also sometimes use a modified Mexican Fender Stratocaster with all the SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan) upgrades. Mark keeps the effects very simple with basically only one pedal, a wah-wah. He uses the Mackie mixer’s built in delay effect as well. He prefers very thin picks, favoring the white Dunlop 46mm.