Well known Hollywood Hills record producer Oliver Leiber has been using several of Greg Fryer’s handmade Brian May effect pedals as well as a custom Greg Fryer handmade AC30 amplifier for several years now and has updated us about his equipment and also about what Red Special guitars Oliver has been using for his recording work.
” Hey Greg, I’ve been enjoying recording with your amp and pedals for years now! I can’t tell you how much great use I get from them!!! I’d like to buy a Deacy Amp soon so please let me know when they’re out.
OK the gear that I use: in the studio my “go to” treble booster is my early issue maroon BM treble booster that you handmade for me in 2001. Its not the Plus Deluxe or Touring which I also use but your original handmade one. If I am looking for a “bit more” for a specific kind of lead tone, I will switch out to the Treble Booster Plus sometimes which definitely pushes the amp more and makes the sound more saturated which works nicely for single line stuff….
I have the Touring booster on one of my pedal boards which I bring in and out using a loop switcher….its also a great sounding pedal!
If I find myself in a recording situation where I don’t have a great AC30 handy and I’m staring at a Fender Twin or something super clean sounding with nothing but clean headroom, I’ll bust out the Fryer Mayhem pedal which gets me pretty close to where I like to be in that world!
As for the Fryer AC30 that you built for me, I really love both channels!! When I’m going for the Brian May thing its all about your Normal channel throttled with the treble booster in front….stick a Shure 57 and a Beyerdynamic M160 on one speaker and I’m off!!!
As far as BM guitars, well I am using BOTH a Guyton and a Kz Pro Red Special. They are both excellent guitars with incredible attention to detail and finish. At that level of quality building I would say it comes down to “different” rather than “better” in comparing the two. By virtue of the fact that they are different pieces of wood with different pickups, each has a setting or two where it seems to really shine and “speak” the best. Admittedly it is a great luxury to have both to choose from at any given time, and I would be truly happy just owning either one! Nuf said about the guitars….