PG’s Chris Kies visits Nashville’s Marathon Music Works before the sold-out show to speak with Paul Wiley’s tech Shannon Gabriel along with bassist Juan Alderete and longtime Manson tech Mark Lubetski who cover the gear the fuels the music and survives the chaos.
For guitarist Paul Wiley, No. 1 status fluctuates depending on several things including setlist changes and equipment breakdowns due to hectic stage shows, but a go-to is this Schecter Custom II. Although tech Shannon Gabriel is unsure of the actual pickups, he does know that they are based on Gibson Burstbuckers. All of Wiley’s machines use Ernie Ball Slinkys gauged .010–.046.
Juan Alderete, bassist for the Mars Volta, Big Sir, Halo Orbit, and a cohost/cofounder of Pedals and Effects on YouTube, now can add Marilyn Manson low-end leader to his resume. A bona fide gear hound and pedal junkie, Juan lets the gig dictate his equipment choices. His main ride for this run is this Warwick Idolmaker 4-string that was modded to have a Nordstrand NP4 P-style pickup. The large switch is to kill his signal for sudden starts and stops, while the smaller toggle illuminates his fretboard so he can have a roadmap when playing on the dark stage. All his basses use Ernie Ball .045–.105 strings and he hammers away with Dunlop 2.0 mm or .73 mm Tortex picks.