Rig Rundown: SAMULI FEDERLEY

Samuli Federley

My name is Samuli Federley, and I’m a 36 years old guitarist from Espoo, Finland. I’ve been playing guitar for 26 years and I also sing, play drums and piano.
I work as a guitar, piano and drum teacher, touring and recording session musician.

I’ve played over on 10 albums and I’ve also made a solo album called Quest For Remedy. I’ve been touring in Europe and China promoting my music and my 2nd solo album is being made at the moment. I’ll be contributing content to Guitar Sphere, and for the first post I wanted to present you my rig. Let’s start…

Gear

I’ve always been faithful to my guitars. I’ve sold 3 guitars in my life and I miss them all. I’ve decided that I will keep my current guitars forever.

6-string guitars

LTD M-50

LTD M-50

I own only one 6 string guitar. It’s a LTD M-50 which I got for free. It’s not a very high quality guitar but I really like its playing feel and sound. It has a really unique tone and I’ve even used it on albums but I would never do gigs with it. I also use it when I’m teaching. I used to keep my lessons with my 7 string guitars but they were too confusing for the students. I’m actually at the moment searching for a new better 6 string axe. I really dig the tone that Fender has so it’s gonna be something like that.

7-string guitars

Ibanez Custom Shop 7 with piezo

Ibanez Custom Shop 7 with piezo

This beautiful Ibanez is my first 7 string guitar and I got it something like 10 years ago. It is actually a very rare model. It’s called Ibanez Custom Shop piezo 7 string and there are only 20 pieces been made. I’ve seen Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit using the exact same guitar. I really love this instrument and it has a wonderful playing feel and a smooth tone. I use this when recording solos for albums. Also the piezo system is fantastic. I even use it for “acoustic” gigs because it often sounds better than a real miced acoustic guitar.

Jackson DR7 Dinky Reverse 7

Jackson DR7 Dinky Reverse 7

I prefer to have a “spare” guitar for each instrument so this Jackson DR7 Dinky Reverse 7 is for that purpose. But it’s not just a spare guitar. It is very different in every way from my Ibanez. It sounds more heavy and raw and the playing feel reminds me of a Les Paul with a wide and flat fretboard. This is my choice for when tracking rhythms. I also like that I have guitars with and without a tremolo system. That also gives the instrument its own character in sound.

8-string guitars

Ok, this green monster is my first 8 string guitar. I got it in 2007 and it has it all: Kahler tremolo system, Lungren M8 pickups, 30 frets, leds in inlays, 5 way switch, neck through. It is made by a Finnish company called Amfisound whom with I’ve done many clinics in Europe. So this is built for me with my specs and the model is called Kaira, it’s basically a soloist model. Very easy to play, a light touch and sound wise it reminds me of my Jackson, heavy and raw.

Amfisound Kaira

Amfisound Kaira

My blue 8 string is also made by Amfisound and this is my signature guitar and it has my logo on the 12th fret. I wanted this to be different from the green monster. No tremolo, no leds and nothing special except that it’s the best guitar I’ve played. I wanted it to be stripped down compared to my other axes. It has also M8‘s and it just feels and sounds so good. I’ve even played funk gigs with it. It has a quite thin neck and it’s not too heavy so it is really nice to play.

Amfisound 8 custom

Amfisound 8 custom

Acoustics

I also love to play my acoustic guitars and I’ve used them both on many albums. I like especially finger style playing with my steel string Seagull. I’ve had something like 15 years and I’m gonna keep it forever. It’s not their most expensive model but it serves me perfectly.

My nylon string is hand made in Spain by Chorus so it has some flamenco built in. I don’t play it that much but when ever I need to record something with it it’s there.

Seagull & Chorus

Amps

I’ve also been very faithful to my amps. Before these I had a fantastic Music Man combo but I sold it for some reason which I regret. Before that I had a small 10 watt Samick combo and I also used to have an Engl Fireball which I loved but it wasn’t versatile enough for me.

So, from at top left there’s Palmer Speaker Simulator which I use for home recording and on gigs too. It’s an awesome piece of gear and enables me not to use cabinets on gigs anymore. That minimizes the stage volume and tightens the mixing. I can connect any amp to this and record songs in my home studio.

Amps

Below the Palmer I have a DV Mark Multiamp. It’s my latest investment I totally love it. I’ve done gigs and studio sessions with it. It is capable for anything but requires some tweaking. Still I’m using the default settings because they sound so good. Only thing I change is the mic positioning.

Under the DV is my Blackstar S1 6L6. It’s my main amp and I use it mainly on albums and live. It has 100 watts and 4 channels. It is really versatile and suits for any style. Since I also play in cover bands the amp has to deliver sounds for blues, disco, rock, metal and for pretty much anything.

Top right is my practice amp, the Micro Cube by Roland. It’s a fantastic practice amp which I use at home and with teaching. I’ve also done one gig with it.

Then last but not least there’s my Peavey 30 watt Classic. I’ve had it always and I just love it. Right now the tubes need to changed but after that it’ll be back in use. Even though it has only a clean and a crunch channel it is really versatile amp. Very cool sound and I shall never sell it.

Home Studio

I have an iMac which can run my softwares for making music and for film editing. I use Logic 9 and Superior Drummer by Toontrack. The interface is Fast Track Duo by M-Audio.

Setup