Given To Wail
Follow Given To Wail on Twitter Become Given To Wail's Fan on Facebook Given To Wail's YouTube Channel
Mike McCready's Instruments & Gear
What follows is a catalog of Mike's known gear. This is by no means a comprehensive list of instruments, effects, or you-name-its. If you know of anything that isn't listed here, please let us know.


Year Make & Model Specs Additional Info Image
1952 Fender Telecaster Blond finish Image
1952 Fender Telecaster Blond finish
1953 Fender Telecaster Blond Image
1956 Gibson Les Paul Black finish Bigsbdy Tremolo Image
1956 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Image
1958 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Image
1958 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Left-handed body Image
1959 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Rosewood fingerboard/maple neck Image
1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst finish 1995 reissue Image
1959 Fender Stratocaster White finish possible You Are guitar Image
1959 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Reissue Image
1960 Gibson Les Paul Gold finish 1996 reissue Image
1962 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Reissue; Rosewood finish Image
1962 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst finish Reissue; Rosewood finish Image
1962 Fender Stratocaster Black finish Japanese reissue
1965 Gibson SG Blue finish used during Binaural sessions
1968 Gibson ES-335 Candy apple red finish Image
1968 Fender Telecaster Plain finish (?); Bigsby Tremelo used during Mad Season Image
1968 Gibson Hummingbird
196x Gretsch Chet Atkins Orange finish Bigsbdy Tremolo
1972 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty Image
197x Ibanez Flying V Image
198x Gibson Flying V Black finish possibly destroyed at Madison Square Garden in 2003 Image
1991 Gretsch Silver Jet Reissue Image
199x Gibson Dobro DM-33 Used at 2001 BSB shows Image
19xx Fender Stratocaster White finish used during You Are Image
19xx Fender Mark VI
19xx Rickenbacker 660-12TP Sunburst finish Gift from Tom Petty Image
19xx Gibson Firebird Pthalo blue finish
2001 James Trussart Telecaster

Effects & Preamps

2005 UFO Board
  1. Dunlop Crybaby (possibly 535q)
  2. Hughes & Kettner Rotosphere
  3. Ibanez TS-9
  4. Fulltone Distortion Pro
  5. Boss DM-2 Delay
  6. Line6 DL4
  7. Line6 MM4
Riot Act Rack
  1. Hand-built Signal Splitter
  2. Jester Enterprises Hydra Tube Splitter
  3. Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner
  4. Sony WRR-840a Wireless Receivers
  5. Mesa Boogie Studio Pre-Amp
  6. VHT Classic G2150
Riot Act Board
  1. Boss DM-3 Delay
  2. Custom Switch Box (channel-reverb-vibrato settings) and Overdrive
  3. Dunlop 535 Wah
  4. MXR Phase 90
  5. ?
  6. Hughes & Kettner Rotosphere
  7. Greedtone
  8. Boss OC-2 Octave
  9. Line 6 DL-4
Not pictured: TS-9
Binaural Era Pedals
  • Fender Blender
  • Dunlop Crybaby 535Q Wah
  • Ibaneez TS-9 Tubescreamer
  • Boss Analog Delay DM-3

The Fender Blender can be heard on Nothing As It Seems

Yield Board
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
  • Ibanez Volume/Pan (stereo)
  • MXR Phase 90
  • Boss Analog Delay DM-3
  • Dunlop Crybaby 535 Wah
  • ?
  • Dunlop Univibe (not pictured)
  • MXR Dyna Comp (not pictured)
  • Dunlop Rotovibe (not pictured)

This is a picture of Mike's board circa 1998. The pedals can be found below. If you have any more information or corrections, please submit them to the site.

No Code Pedals
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
  • Boss Analog Delay DM-3
  • Boss ??
  • ??
  • Dunlop Crybaby 535 Wah

These pedals were found in the photos that are part of the No Code album. This is not a complete list of all pedals used during the recording of No Code.

Vitalogy Era Pedals
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
  • Univibe (original model)
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah
  • Boss Analog Delay DM-3
  • Ernie Ball Stereo Volume Pan Pedal
Vs Era Pedals
  • MXR Phase 100
  • e-Bow (used on the studio recording of Rearviewmirror)

This is a list of confirmed pedals and effects from the VS days. It is very incomplete as the information is hard to come by. Obviously the Wah and Rotovibe have always been a part of the McCready setup but this is a list for a) confirmed pedals and b) lesser known ones.

Ten Era Pedals
  • T.C. Electronics Multieffects Unit
  • Sansamp Distortion
  • Pan Pedal (used between his Marshall and a Fender Bassman with four 10s); quoting Stone: "The pedal allows [us] to alternate between the clean Twin and the dirty Marshall sound, or run them both in stereo. ... It allows you to achieve an endless array of sounds. I can have it all-the-way Twin, all-the-way Marshall, or halfway between, with both amps running at half juice, which gives you that Rolling Stones tone."
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah
  • Dunlop Rotovibe (red)
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
Mike's First Setup
  • Mateo Les Paul copy
  • Fender Champ Amp (10w)

This information dates back to when Mike first started taking lessons.

Top image courtesy Anna Knowlden. GTW takes no responsibility for content of YouTube videos.