Tom Morello Guitar Rig

Tom Morello of Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine Guitar Rig Equipment and Setup Info

Tom Morello Guitar

Tom Morello is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club. He’s known for his interesting aproach to guitar which incorporates feedback noises, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects.   If you look inside the CD covers of his albums he usually makes it a point to note that no synthesizers were used to create the sounds he creates.  He does it all with his guitar, pretty cool! He was ranked #26 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”



Tom Morellos guitar & rig

Main Guitar:

“Arm the Homeless” is his signature guitar. Blue and white with the hammer and sickle symbol (representing communism) with the words “Arm the Homeless” written on it. The body is a Custom Performance body that was routed so that the Floyd can go up and down. It contains an EMG 81 in the bridge and an EMG 85 in the neck position, Ibanez Edge Floyd Rose Tremolo, toggle switch, and a locking nut on a 22-fret Kramer Carrera neck. It was his main guitar in Rage Against the Machine, and was used in Audioslave for Rage Against the Machine covers. Tuned to Standard E.

Soul Power: A modified Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster

Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path): A black stock 1982 Standard Fender Telecaster

James Trussart Steelcaster

AMP:50-watt Marshall JCM 800 2205 from early 80’s

Cabs:-Marshall checkerboard style cabinet (seen using with Street Sweeper)

Peavey 4×12 cabinet


– Voodoo Lab Pedal Power supply

– Dunlop Cry Baby Wah

– DigiTech Whammy

Ibanez DFL Flanger

– DOD FX40b Equalizer: Set flat, only used as a boost for solos, such as in “Bulls on Parade.”

– Boss TR-2 Tremolo: Used in Gasoline, and Like a Stone.

– Talkbox: Used in Wake Up and Guerrilla Radio.

– MXR Block Phase 90 Phaser: Replaced his Ibanez DFL after Audioslave’s started. Heard on “The Worm” and “Somedays”.

– Ring Modulator: The duck-like noise heard in Sound of a Gun solo from “Revelations.”

– Ibanez AD-9 (as seen in a 1993 video)

– Locobox Analog Delay pedal (black pedal, green knobs – made in 80’s)

Strings:– GHS Boomers Custom Lites Guages .009-0.46

Picks:– Purple Dunlop Tortex Jazz picks 1.14 gauge


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