Matthew Cole (guitar/vocal) is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music. Matt played professionally in New York City during the early '90's before moving back to the Detroit area.
Matt plays a 1978 Ibanez MC200 modded to Jerry specs by Leo from Scarlet Fire Guitars. All of these modifications help the guitar achieve a Jerry Garcia tone.
Matt's backup guitar is a PRS Custom 24 electric guitar that he modified by adding an OBEL (on board effects loop), middle pup, Dimarzio Super II pups, Wald TPC1sm Buffer, coil tap switches, and a 5-way pickup selector. The middle PUP was added by Paul from Elderly Instruments in Lansing.Matt is very thankful to Mike Wald for the wiring schematic which is modeled after Jerry's "Rosebud" guitar. Matt's guitar is setup similar to how Jerry's Tiger was setup. Matt uses Vinci strings 1010LS (10-46) and a 2mm Adamas graphite pick.The preamp, amp, and speakers are essential for achieving the classic Jerry Garcia tone.
Guitar OBEL: Musicom Labs EFX MKII 8 channel switcher > Boss OC2 > Mutron III (Lingenberg mod)/Q-tron Silver Box w/R32 68K mod > BYOC OD1 Clone > MXR+ Series 2000 > BYOC Phase 100 Clone > MXR Phase 100 Block Logo w/15k Feedback resistor and 1M reverse log speed pot mods > Lexicon MPX550 > TC-Electronic Ditto Looper.
Preamps: 1973 Fender Twin Silverface modded by Matt to Jerry specs, including preamp tap and Wald Maestro mod. Matt is grateful to Mike Wald from Wald-Electronics for consultation, guidance, and electronics; SMS Classic Tube Preamp JG Version (backup preamp).
Amps: Mcintosh MC2100 recapped by Matt (main amp); Tubeworks MosValve 962 (backup amp).
Speakers: JBL K120/E120