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Richie Sambora Gear

Ultimate Rack
Posted by on November 16, 2008

I have spent many hours on the web trying to figure out what kind of gear Richie uses, live and in the studio. Hence, I have created this page, which gives you a summary of all the information I have found in various sources.


  • ’54 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst with PAF humbuckers and a maple top
  • “V”-style custom-built Shoephfer
  • Various Ovation acoustics, including custom built 3 neck model
  • Various Richie Sambora Signature Fender Stratocasters
  • ’51 Fender Telecaster
  • ’52 Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Custom-Shop Tremolo & Non-Tremolo doubleneck-Stratocaster
  • Ovation Doubleneck
  • Ovation Triple Neck
  • ’59 Gibson ES 335
  • Gibson SG Doubleneck
  • Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Stratocaster
  • Fender Relic Stratocaster
  • Fender “NoCaster”
  • Fender Telecaster Thinline Custom
  • Martin 000-42
  • Martin vintage OM-28
  • Martin OMC-41
  • Martin MC12-41
  • Times Square Guitars SA-1 and SA-2 (A.K.A. ESP/LTD SA-2)
  • ’50s Broadcaster
  • B Bender Tele Jay Black from Fender Custom Shop
  • Floyd Rose DSOT3
  • Floyd Rose DST3
  • Gibson Flying V ’59 Korina
  • Fender Telecaster Thinline Bajo Sexto (by Fred Stuart from Fender Custom Shop)
  • Richie Sambora’s Dave Of England (Custom made by David Brewis (Rock Stars Guitars) and Kevin Parsons)
  • Charvel Stratocaster
  • Guild F-50 12-string
  • Kramer Jersey Star
  • Kramer Jersey Star Double Neck
  • Kramer Peace Sign
  • Kramer “Who Dares Wins”
  • Fender Mary Kay Stratocaster
  • 1997 Hamer Standard Custom
  • Hamer Scepter
  • Taylor RSSM
  • Rod Schoepfer Custom Les Paul
  • Fender Black Paisley Stratocaster


  • Marshall JCM2000 DSL series
  • Marshall JCM800 2203
  • Marshall 4×12″ speaker cabinets
  • Fender SuperTwin
  • VHT Pitbull
  • KMD 2×12 combo with EV’s
  • H&H V-Mosfet Power amp
  • Gallien-Krueger 2000CPL Power amp
  • Fender Tone-Master
  • late-50’s Fender tweed 4×10 Bassman combo
  • Vox AC-30 combo
  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
  • Diezel Herbert amps
  • Divided by 13 amplification
  • Matchless amps
  • Bogner Ecstasy


  • Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
  • (Heil) Talk Box
  • Fulltone Choral Flange
  • Dunlop Crybaby
  • Vox wah
  • Dunlop Rack-Wah
  • T.C. Electronics 1210 Spatial Expander/Stereo-Chorus Flanger
  • Eventide H-3000 Harmonizer
  • MXR Dynacomp
  • Bob Bradshaw Custom built effects
  • Juice Goose PD-2
  • Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay
  • Yamaha SPX 90II
  • Rane six-channel mixer
  • Rocktron 300A compressor/limiter
  • Korg DT Pro tuner
  • Custom-Audio-Super-Tremolo (for “Keep the faith”)
  • Dynacord DLS 223 (for the Leslie-sound for”Always”)

Strings and picks:

  • GHS Strings (Sambora is listed on their site) .009 strings in the studio and gauge .010 strings live

2010 rack gear include

  • 2 RJM Effect Gizmo’s
  • Custom Suhr amp switcher
  • BAE mic pre
  • VHT Power Amp
  • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power AC and 2 Plus
  • Furman Power Rack unit
  • Lexicon PCM42 (x2)
  • Eventide Eclipse V4 Rack unit
  • Empirical Labs Distressor
  • A Designs 500HR Rack with two modules
  • Tone Freak Effects Abunai 2 pedal
  • Tone Freak Effects Naked OD
  • Tone Freak Effects Mello Tremo
  • BBE Soul Vibe pedal
  • Analog Man Octron pedal
  • Hermida Zendrive pedal
  • Boss OD-1 Overdrive pedal
  • Hartman Compressor pedal
  • Retro-sonic Vintage Vibes Chorus pedal
  • Maxon AF-9 Auto Filter
  • MXR Phase 90 Script logo pedal
  • MXR EVH Flanger pedal
  • Electro-Harmonix Micro POG
  • Axess Electronics Midi Controller board
  • Ernie Ball pedal
  • Moollon Wah pedal (Korean made pedal)
  • Boss Chromatic Tuner pedal

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