Got Gear

Sheryl's Crush has lots of gear.
Here's my list:



Acoustics ...

  • Gibson J-160E (the main acoustic - think John Lennon and George Harrison circa A Hard Days Night)
  • Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Country and Western
  • Gibson Hank Williams Jr. Signature Southern Jumbo
  • Gibson J-200 (the Granddaddy)
  • Yamaha silent guitar (great travel guitar)

Electrics ...

  • Danelectro DC59 Jimmy Page (a collectable though a re-issue)
  • Danelectro Danoblaster (has on board effects in Strat®-like shape - cool)
  • Epiphone Emperor Swingster (has so much tone range … unbelievable)
  • Fender Highwayman Tele® (off-white finish - 1st in my "go-to" instruments and has greasebucket tone)
  • Fender Modern Player Telecaster® Plus HSS (a second "go to" as it's a 5 switch with 3 pick ups)
  • Fender Squire Venus (bought from a former student and a charm to play)
  • Fender Pawn Shop Offset Special (The Fender Strat-Master? Jazz-ocaster?)
  • Fender Road Worn Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar
  • Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele® series guitar Thinline in awesome cherry red
  • Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele® series guitar Thinline in awesome brown
  • Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele® series guitar in awesome vintage blonde
  • Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele® series guitar Thinline in awesome maple
  • Fender Squier Classic Vibe Tele® series guitar in awesome sunburst
  • Fender Squier Cabronita Tele® with Bigsby®
  • Fender American Special Strat® (with greasebucket tone)
  • Fender Baritone Tele® (B to B) but rocks in regular tune with lighter strings on it!
  • Fender Acoustasonic Tele® (use acoustic strings to make this work as acoustic/electric sound)
  • Fender Strat® MIM bannana Yellow with 6 position rotary switch (35 sounds in all)
  • Fender Strat® MIA - American Special (nice white)
  • Fender Squier Mustang in vintage Fender style (faded red - make sure you tighten the saddle screws well to avoid buzz! I had to use larger screws but now OK)
  • Fender Mustang in surf blue with P90s specials
  • Hofner (violin-shaped in cherry red)
  • Gretsch G5236T Pro Jet (a nice "go-to" instrument for recording)
  • Gibson SG ("1988 special" with jack at bottom)
  • Gibson/Baldwin Education SG (cheap but cool and collectable)
  • Indie 12 string (next best thing to a Riki - some may say ahead dollar to dollar)
  • Ibanez hollow body AF75TDG IV Ivory
  • Series "A" hollow body (in neat cherry red and my Dad's guitar given to me) 
  • Rickenbacker 450 (circa 1978 and modified with Gibson P100 as neck pick up)
  • Rickenbacker 325 Capri John Lennon signature issue (small and awesome and another "go-to" instrument)
Basses ...
  • Hofner B-Bass H1 Series (Paul McCartney violin bass)
  • Fender Squier VI (6 string octave down E to E)

Plus ...

  • DigiTech VL 2 / VL 4 harmonizers
  • TC Helicon Harmony G
  • TC Helicon Harmony Singer
  • BOSS VE-20 Vocal Processor
  • BOSS VE-2 Harmonizer

Recording ...

  • Macbook Pro
  • GarageBand
  • MOTU Ultralite audio interface
  • MOTU keyboard.

Gigging ...

  • >>>>This is my acoustic rig:

    MXR P90, Boss CE-2 chorus, MXR Auto Q, Boss TR-2 Tremelo, Boss RC-2 Loop Station, Jangle Box, Boss TU-2 tuners and LS-2 Line selectors, Dan Electro DanEcho, Boss DD-3 Echo, Fishman and TubePre preamps, VOX amplugs (metal/lead/Joe Satriani) distortion, Washburn F5D distortion, Electro-Harmonix Hum Debuggers, MXR Smart Gates noise reduction units, MXR EQ and Shadow stompinbass EFX pedals all routed for my "the band thing in a box" (this is a page found on The Whiners band site) and includes routing of harmonizers to the mixer for live sound mix of voice and guitars. I'm retooling this as some bad cables showed up and it needs a fix

    This rig is in pretty rough shape at the moment and I may never bring it back to what it was. Need really invented the thing but I can record way more
    versatile than this was and I don't do the same kind of live show so I'm in a bit of a rock and a hard place as to what I might do with it.

  • >>>>This is my electric live rig:

    MXR dyna-comp, Mooer Acoustikar, Boss Feedbacker/Booster, Green Mile Distortion, Fulltone OCD, Mooer Trelicopter Tremelo, Mooer Ninety Orange Phaser, MXR Analog Chorus, Peterson Stomp Classic StrobeTuner (splits off here as "dry"/"wet"), WET to: Swamp Thang Tremelo, Mooer Reecho, Cry Baby Q-Zone

    WET and DRY all sent to Beringer 1202 FX mixer for "on-the-fly" live mix of guitar sounds (use reverb at EFX), and all to MXR smart noise gate. Rig includes SHURE wireless in-ear monitor and wireless guitar (into the dyna-comp) ... + a Boss Loop Station RS-3 is also on rack and sent to mixer for Sound EFX loops.

    Changed ...
    The rig has evolved after a few years. No more mixer now: Jangle Box from Line 6 RELAY G6) wireless signal to BOSS T3 tuner to to boos TR-2 tremolo to SUPER feedbacker
    & distortion DF-2 to BOSS Feedbacker/booster to BOSS Adaptive Distortion
    to Valve Stack Simulator to
    Mooer distortion Blues Mood to BMXR auto Q to MXR Phase 90 to MXR Uni-Vibe to Mooer Ana Echo to BOSS Loop Station RC-3 to MXR Noise Gate to Fender Micro DI - I split the XLR from this and can put it to the Shure in-ear wireless interface so I can get my guitar signal to my ears and always hear myself (at least) when the band is playing loud. I can also put in the full board mix here (when I can get it).

  • Oh, I do miss the dyna comp a bit and some of the other pedals I use but I can add them back if I have a specific need for a gig. As well, I started using the DigiTech Trio Band Creator pedal coming out of my rig into it . So, now, I'm a band with this baby as it generates bass and drum parts based on my chords! There is a new Trio plus with more options including a looper that will replace this one soon. In the new photo you also see the BOSS FS-6 control pedals for remote track switching on the looper and for the harmony pedal seen to the extreme right. I also see I had the older Mooer Trelecopter pedal just off the board in the shot.

    OLD arrangement (does not reflect all noted above):

    New board arrangement as outlined in text description

    OLDer still arrangement:
  • I still use the Peterson Tuner with a second feed off of the Line 6 wireless to the BOSS VE-2 Harmonizer - takes the feed out of it to the Strobe tuner. Need the clean feed to keep the harmony clean and the signal loops out clean tot he Peterson. Yeah, complicated but not really and I can power the whole thing with Pedaltrain power blocks. Get over an hour (or two). The Pedal train promise of over 7 hours is complete BS but the block works great for a quick in and out on stage. You are good to go wire free basically and it all lays out quickly. That's my story for now!

photo of the rig in order as described in text
And ...

  • Fishman Natural 1 or Natural 2 under saddle pickups for all the acoustics
  • Fender Princeton amp (vintage 1968)
  • Fender Champ amp (reissue)
  • Fender Bassman amp (reissue)
  • Pignose 7-100 amp (tweed)
  • HealthKit "build your own tube amp" from the late 1940's (my Dad built it)
  • Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro mixer for the road and into the Motu for recording
  • SM 58 mics (didn't like the Beta versions of these so I am a tried and true user of the original SM 58s)
  • Apex 471 Condenser Mic
  • Audio-Technica AT3035 Condenser Mic
  • Apex 215 Ribbon Mics (used for my sister band's album: Whiners and Losers)
  • I use Earnie Ball Not Even Slinky strings 12 - 56 or 12 -52 on my electrics with D'adarrio Chrome Domes 12 - 56 for some of the guitars - holds tune better with these
  • I use RotoSound 13 - 56 (and now, more often, Fender 11 - 42/46 as came with the guitars), Elixir Polyweb 12 - 56, Cleartone EMPs 13 - 56, John Pearse 13 - 56 Phos. Bronze and Martin Silk n' Steel 15 - 47 acoustic strings.
  • Actaully, I'm generally using lighter strings now than the 56ers.
  • I am warming up to lighter gauge strings on the new gear Fender purchases over 2013/2014 @ 46 etc.