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Al Di Meola's Guitar Gear

Al Di Meola's guitar gear

Here's an overview of the guitars and guitar synthesizers that Al Di Meola likes to play.

Guitars

Conde Hermanos Guitars

The Conde family from Madrid (Spain) is a famous guitar building family. Al Di Meola uses this nylon-string guitar on his most recent recordings like World Sinfonia and Winter Nights. The guitar has a tremendous beauty and sustain. Al Di Meola had a cutaway put into the guitar. The guitar's about 20 years old now. To amplify it Al uses a Schoepps C-530 condenser microphone and a RMC piezo pickup.

Other guitarists that use Conde Hermanos guitars: Paco De Lucia.

Conde Hermanos Guitars

Ovation Guitars

Al Di Meola has an Ovation signature model. Most of the album Cielo e Terra is recorded with the Ovation. In the studio he records the Ovation 60% microphone and 40% direct signal.

The Ovation is equipped with a MIDI pickup to use with a Roland guitar synthesizer.

Al uses D'Addario EJ16 strings on this guitar.

Ovation Guitars

Godin Guitars

Al Di Meola also has 2 Godin guitars: a Godin Multiac Jazz and a Godin Multiac Nylon. Both guitars are MIDI equipped.

Yanuziello Guitars

Other Guitars

  • PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Private Stock McCarty
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Martin D-18 from 1948
  • Guild acoustic guitar

Guitar Amps

Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo

A 50W, 2x12 tube amplifier. Very loud, British sounding guitar amplifier based on EL34 tubes.

Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo

Electronic Guitar Equipment

Al Di Meola uses 3 Roland guitar synths with his MIDI equiped Ovation:


Roland VG88

This processing/modeling system models some of the most popular guitars and amps in history.

Roland VG88

Roland VG8

Al uses the VG8 to control the GR30.

Roland VG8

Roland GR30

Roland GR30



The outputs of these 3 synths are connected to an Alesis multi-fx 12 channel board.

Other Guitar Effects

  • Lexicon 200 Digital Reverberator
  • TC Electronics Chorus
  • Roland GR1
  • Bag End speakers

 


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