Dutch symphonic metallers, Epica, went over their 2016 North American touring rigs with Gear Gods at their recent show in Los Angeles. This is an awesome full-band rundown (drums, keyboards, you name it), so if you’ve been looking for a gear fix or just really dig Epica, you’ll appreciate this one.


Some of the highlights include guitarist Isaac Delahaye’s 7-string Gibson Les Paul. His has got the iconic tobacco burst finish, but you know, with an extra string. It’s a unicorn, for sure. Maybe I just don’t get out much, but I’ve actually never even seen one before. Regarding the aforementioned keyboard rundown, Coen Janssen’s set-up is pretty wild. He has an ergonomic, U-shaped MIDI controller that you strap to yourself like a baby holder, and a track-mounted keyboard stand for ultimate shred mobility. And bassist Rob van der Loo is rocking a trio of classy-as-fuck Dingwalls that have actually given me bass GAS for the first time like, ever. Viewer be warned in case you didn’t already know: Dingwalls are just A+ in the looks department, man.

As always, you can stay up-to-date with everything Epica on their official website. Their North American tour is winding down, but there’re still several opportunities to catch them if they’re coming through your area.

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Gear Gods intern Maxwell studied English at Cal Poly Pomona and has since realized life ain’t all about semicolons and syntax. He’s studying audio now, and will probably judge your music taste before your grammar.

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