Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary, happens to also be home to a five-piece metal band with an equally impressive and large sound, Omega Diatribe. Currently promoting their 10 track full-length album, IAPETUS, which dropped on October 21st of 2013, the band meld elements of groove, math, and psychedelic to form music that just begs to be heard. We caught up with lead guitarist Gergő Hájer to ask about his Agile 727 Septor Custom guitar and how if impacted the band’s latest release.
What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Hájer: My main sound weapon is an Agile 727 Septor Custom guitar. This guitar is just perfect for the sound what I want to create. I must mention the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Solo Head too (from 1993!), ‘cuz this is the other part of my heart (…and sound). 🙂
What about it makes it so important to you?
Hájer: Mahagony body filled with a Seymour Duncan Sh-8 Invader pickup. The extra long scale (27″) helps the sound to stay in tune, because I tune really low (G-drop). The painting on the guitar is just killer too… So this is the perfect guitar for heavy low tuned metal music.
How was this gear used during the recording of your latest album?
Hájer: Every track has got the Agile sound on the left as you can hear. The right side is an Ibanez K-7 filled with Lundgren M7 pickup. This guitar pair just made a “hard punch in the face” sound on the record. I’m a big fan of this extreme style guitar sound…
How do you recreate your album (guitar/vocal/bass) tones in your live set?
Hájer: We’re using analog stuff live. Mesa Boogie and Peavey amplifiers, but we recorded the album with a modelling method. It’s cheaper and easier you know… we worked with such a good modelling processors, so the final sound is just bangs our head. We focused to make the same sound as we present in live.
What are the major pros and cons?
Hájer: All pros and no cons for me. But I have to mention, this guitar is not for the small handed players. The distance between the frets is so long. The playing is uncomfortable for the small hands.
Do you have a backup for this gear, if so, what?
Hájer: Yeah, I already mentioned the Ibanez K-7 guitar. This is our back up guitar if anything goes wrong with the main gear on the stage. The show must not stop you know… hehe. 🙂
How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it?
Hájer: I bought it 5 or 6 years ago. Originally the guitar has an active pickup system, which I really not like. I have to change the pickups to a killer passive system.
Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Hájer: After I describe the sound verbally, you can check out it by your ears (or the guitar play through here)!
Check out the song “Three Mystic Apes”