Mark Tremonti is the lead guitarist for the bands Creed and Alter Bridge. Raised on a steady diet of KISS, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Journey and Metallica, Tremonti has carved out a name for himself as one of rocks premier "riff'ers". In May 2000, Guitar One magazine Tremonti was voted "Best Riff Architect", ahead of some big names such as James Hetfield (Metallica) and Adam Jones (Tool).
Guitar wise, Tremonti favors guitars made by Paul Reed Smith, in particular his own PRS Mark Tremonti signature model. The Tremonti signature model is said to be a thicker-bodied version of the standard Singlecut, and features mother-of-pearl bird inlays, a 12th-fret Mark Tremonti inlay, and custom Tremonti Treble and Tremonti Bass pickups.
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Tremonti was rumored to confess that he had been shaving down the necks of his Tremonti models to make them thinner and more accessible, which led to the development of the "Tremonti II" model. Sharing a lot in common with the original Tremonti model, the Tremonti II features a thinner (wide-thin) neck and up routed floating bridge.
Tremonti's touring rig features several of his signature guitars, including 3-4 black models, 1 tribal and 1 tiger eye variant. He also uses a charcoal burst, black cherry, blue/white and platinum versions, all fitted with floating vibrato bridges. The acoustic guitar he favors for live use is a Taylor 614CE.
The core component of Tremonti's tone, particularly his rhythm tone, is the Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier. The Triple Rectifier is big part of his live rig. According to MarkTremonti.net the setting on his Triple Rectifier are:
Presence - 2; Master - 3; Gain - 7
Bass - 8; Mid - 3; Treble - 6
Presence - 3; Master - 3; Gain - 7
Bass - 7; Mid - 5; Treble - 5
Presence - 7; Master - 8; Gain - 3
Bass - 5; Mid - 7; Treble - 7
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Around the time Alter Bridge took off, Tremonti also began using a Bogner Uberschall head for some of his dirty tone.
Tremonti also uses a Bogner Shiva head run through a Mesa/Boogie 2:Ninety power amp for much of his live lead tone.
For his clean tone Tremonti relies heavily upon the Fender Twin Reverb 1965 Reissue with 2x12 speakers. Live he has two of these amps working in stereo. His settings for the Fender Twin as published on MarkTremonti.net are:
Channel: 2 (vibrato)
Volume: 3 1/2
Bass: 7 1/2
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Other amplifiers he is thought to have used in the studio include:
- Bad Cat Hot 100
- Diezel VH4 head
- Mesa/Boogie Heartbreaker
- Mesa/Boogie Road King
- Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier
- Rivera Knucklehead
- Marshall 1968 Plexi Superlead
Cabinet wise, on stage Tremonti uses four Mesa/Boogie 4x12" straight-back cabinets loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s. In the past he was also seen with custom Mesa/Boogie 2x15 speaker cabinets.
Tremonti's pedal board is relatively simple. His amplifier switching is handled by a Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro.
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He uses his own signature model wah pedal, the Mark Tremonti Power Wah by Morley as well as his signature model phaser pedal, T-REX Tremonti Phaser manufactured by T-Rex Engineering. The Tremonti Phaser replaced the MXR Phase 90 that used to sit on his board. His board is all powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2.
Earlier in his career he was known to have used a Morley Bad Horsie Wah as well as a TC Electronic G-Force rack effects unit.
He plays with Jim Dunlop Jazz III picks, although he used to use the 1mm variety.
Here's a short video clip of Tremonti running through his live rig and how it all works.
Edit: Here's a more recent video of Tremonti running through his live rig.