Ash Grunwald’s on stage must haves

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Ash Grunwald will be in town this week for a gig at the Wickham Park Hotel on Thursday (Oct 1) night. We caught up with the Australian blues musician about his new album, ‘Now’, and what bits of gear can’t leave home without. 

Ash worked with producer Nick Didia on this new album. Nick has some credits to his name too. He’s worked with Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine just to name a few. While the result still sounds like the Ash Grunwald we’ve come to love, something on the album has risen to the next level. We can’t put our finger on it but you can hear it in the organ stabs, in the guitar solos and the effects used on the drums and vocals. Check out the opening track from the album, River below.

One of the things we love so much about Ash’s live performances is watching him use all the gear he has on stage with him. From his guitars to the microphones and guitars he uses. So while we had him on the phone we thought we’d ask him to name his favourite bits of gear.

National Style O Resonator Guitar

The Guitar Ash has been photographed with more times than he can remember.

1968 Vintage Gibson Acoustic

The new purchase in the Grunwald house. There’s a good chance you’ll see this on stage during Ash’s current tour.

Guitar Amp Splitter & Boss OC-3 Super Octave

If Ash had to quickly run out of the house to play a gig the two things he would grab are his splitter and an octave pedal and improvise once he got to the venue.

A Distortion Pedal

Ash is not picky when it comes to distortion pedal but he does love the Dunlop Swollen Pickle.

Farmer Foot Drum

It’s 100% organically derived kick snare and high hat in one box. It’s my favoruite bit of gear at the moment.

Ash Grunwald plays the Wickham Park Hotel on Thursday October 1. Tickets are currently on sale at the venue.

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