Know Your Tone: Eric Stewart of Makari

“Know Your Tone” is a feature that spotlights the intricacies and processes musicians go through, to develop their unique sounds. 

Name/Instrument: I’m Eric and I play guitar in Makari.

What is your current amp set-up?  I’m currently using a hand wired Vox ac30 with a Black Market Custom 212 cab with Vintage 30’s.

Describe the thought process and journey it took to find your unique sound?  I’m definitely a gear head.  I started off with an Egnater tourmaster, it wasn’t quite what I was looking for (plus it was insanely heavy haha).  I switched to an Orange Rockerverb 50 Mk11 and used that amp for years and toured with it a lot.  It’s such a solid, great sounding amp.  Our other guitarist Matt runs one currently.  I just recently got my Vox though, I was ready to try something new and I absolutely love it.  It fits great with the current sound we’re going for.  You can see it looking all pretty sitting on top of my BMC cab in our new music video!

Tell us about your current pedal board set-up:  I just recently downsized my pedal board.  It starts off with my Polytune then goes to my Fulltone OCD, Mission Engineering volume pedal, Electro Harmonix LPB-1 clean signal boost,  MXR Carbon copy delay, Line 6 DL4 delay and my new favorite Strymon big sky.  There was a lot of the Big sky used on our upcoming EP!

Do you prefer a lot of pedal or a few? Lately I like for things to be clean and simple.  It’s less to worry about in a live scenario with some little patch cable going out haha.

What is your thought process behind your pedal board and what does it do for your sound?  I love to create sound scapes.  I play a lot of rhythm and I do a lot of intricate tapping parts that need to break through the mix. The Strymon big sky definitely compliments it a lot.  I’ll use a soft shimmer on rhythm parts and then put a huge sounding reverb on a tapping part.

Is there anything that you have gotten rid of that you regret parting with?  I had an american 62’ re-issue jazz master that was pretty sweet.  I sometimes wish I still had it but it led to me getting a Gibson custom shop es-339 that I wont ever get rid of.  (We’ll see how long that last)

Who/what inspired your current sound? Growing up I loved bands like Closure in Moscow, Circa Survive.  I was always fascinated with the sounds both guitarist from circa were able to create.  I still jam them time to time but lately I’ve been listening to bands like Foals and I’m pretty excited on the new Two Door Cinema Club record that is coming out!

If you could change one thing about your current set-up, what would it be? I really want replace my DL4 with a strymon timeline delay.

What is your favorite piece of gear that you own?  I would have to say my Gibson es-339 or my 50th Anniversary strat.

What is your favorite piece of gear that you dont own YET? Hmm, I’d have to say the stymon timeline!

Check out their new music video for the song “Melt” 

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