About Face settings and setups

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Keep in mind that all effect settings and setups are based on pictures and video from a certain date and/or interviews and 3rd hand transcriptions that are subject to interpretation. David often make adjustments and may not even be consequent in how he’s using the equipment. This feature should therefore only be used as a guideline for your own setup and not as a gospel. It’s also wise to acknowledge that technique, place and time, studio trickery and who knows what plays a role in David’s tones in addition to the equipment.

Boss CS-2
– level 11:00, attack 11:00, sustain 1:30 (o’clock)

Boss HM-2
– level 2:00, colour L 2:00, colour R 12:30, distortion 12:30 (o’clock)

Boss CE-2
– rate 11:00, depth 1:00 (o’clock)
Note: Pictures of David’s live rig shows a CE-3 but he might also have used a CE-2 on the album as he did on Wall and Final Cut.

MXR digital delay
– time 440ms
Note: This seems to be the typical time for the delays, normally with 5-6 repeats and volume at 30%. I have listed below where the feedback/repeats are increased.

– Please note that very little from the recording sessions is confirmed. I have sticked to using generic terms as overdrive and distortion, rather than guessing which pedal David’s using unless confirmed info is available.

Until We Sleep
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie with tremolo effect
– solo; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus

Murder
Martin acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm; acoustic guitar with capo on 3rd fret
– rhythm 2; distortion
– solo (2 guitars); Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus
– solo/outtro jam (dropped D tuning, 2 guitars); Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie with chorus and delay

Love on the Air
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic steel string guitar
– intro solo/picking (middle pickup); clean signal with chorus and delay
– rhythm 1; distortion
– rhythm 2; acoustic guitar
– bridge riff; overdrive

Blue Light
Telecaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm/main riff (2 tracks); clean signal with delay
– rhythm; overdrive with delay
– solo; overdrive
Note: David had two Boss DD-2 set in time with each other, one in 3/4 and the other in 4/4.

Out of the Blue
Acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm; distortion
– rhythm; acoustic guitar

All Lovers are Deranged
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic steel string guitar
– rhythm/main riff; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus
– solo/fill-ins; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus
– solo (2 guitars); Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie with chorus and doubling delay effect
– rhythm/chorus-section strum; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus

You Know I’m Right
Acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– intro picking/main riff; acoustic guitar
– intro picking/main riff 2; clean signal with chorus
– solo/fill-ins; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie with chorus and delay
– rhythm/chorus-section strum; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus

Cruise
Acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– intro picking/main riff; acoustic guitar
– intro picking/main riff 2; clean signal
– rhythm; Boss HM-2/MesaBoogie and chorus
– rhythm/reggae jam; clean signal with chorus

Let’s Get Metaphysical
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– solo; distortion with chorus and delay

Near the End
Acoustic steel string guitar
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm/main melody; acoustic guitar
– rhythm; acoustic guitar
– solo 1; acoustic guitar with double delay effect
– solo 2; distortion and chorus