In this engaging masterclass, Jack Ruch delves into the essential gear he utilizes for live performances, providing viewers with a comprehensive overview of his preferred setup. The session kicks off with a brief interaction ensuring all technical aspects are in place before Jack transitions into the heart of the topic. He meticulously introduces his live rig, which encompasses a variety of guitars, amplifiers, and a meticulously assembled pedalboard. Jack’s main instruments include his go-to Telecaster and a 335 guitar, which have been his companions in numerous gigs. He also showcases two amplifiers that form the core of his sound - a vintage 1966 Pro Reverb and a custom-made amp by Headstrong Amps, revealing his affinity for mid-sixties Fender style amps due to their clean headroom and versatility.
As the masterclass progresses, Jack offers a deep dive into his pedalboard setup, emphasizing the significance of having a clean amp foundation to build upon with pedals for different gain stages and effects. He meticulously explains the signal path through his pedalboard, which includes a tuner, an overdrive, a couple of boosts, a delay, and a tremolo pedal, elucidating the functionality and personal settings for each. Jack’s approach to gear setup is rooted in the philosophy of maintaining a dynamic and versatile tone that can adapt to various live situations, highlighting the importance of volume control and the ability to stand out during solos without overpowering the band during rhythm sections.
The masterclass also touches upon Jack's use of strings, picks, and additional pedals not on his primary board, including a germanium fuzz pedal, demonstrating its unique sound characteristics and how it integrates into his overall sound. He wraps up the session by answering viewer questions, shedding light on his experience with other gear such as the Keeley Noble Screamer and providing insights into his preferences and recommendations. This masterclass is not only a showcase of Jack Ruch’s gear but also encapsulates his deep understanding and thoughtful approach to crafting his live sound, making it an enlightening experience for guitar enthusiasts and musicians looking to refine their live setup.