Werner is a true weekend warrior. Corporate job during the week and performing and recording guitarist on weekends. With more than 20 years of gigs behind his belt in both cover and original bands, and numerous recordings that he either owned or blew spectacularly, he has a few pearls of wisdom to share.

The Inside Job has been together for 9 years, bringing their alternative rock to audiences in the Boland and Western Cape. This is a long time for any band to stay together, especially one playing predominantly original music. Consisting of Lionel on lead guitar  and vocals, Shaun on Bass and Melony on drums, they have established a loyal fan base over the years and even shared the stage with Karen Zoid, The Black Cat Bones, Jack Parow, aKING, Valiant Swart, Straatligkinders, Mark Haze and Shortstraw. I caught up with The Inside Job at Zanddrift just outside of Paarl prior to taking the stage in front of their local fans.

The inside job gear check

The Gear – Guitars

To craft his tones Lionel uses a stock Epiphone Toni Iommi G-400 signature model. You do not get more black than this. See detailed specs of the guitar here.

The inside job gear check

Shaun plucks a stock Cort Action Bass V. See detailed specs of the guitar here.

The inside job gear check

The Gear – Amps

Lionel uses a Fender FM100H head through a FM412 cabinet. Both are stock. He runs his pedals front of amp through the clean channel for the biggest part of their set. He switches to the overdrive channel for sonic mayhem when needed.

The inside job gear check

Shaun uses a Crate BX-100 bass amp. It pushes 100 Watts through a 15 inch bass driver.

The inside job gear check

The gear – Pedals

Lionel’s signal path starts with an Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer set to the TS9 mode. He uses it as a combination drive/boost pedal. Next in line is Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet set to the FM mode with Mosfet activated. Last in line is a Boss DD-3 set set to the 800ms setting. The delay is used on specific songs only. All three pedals are powered with a Dunlop DC-Brick. Lionel likes it old school – no pedal board in site.

The inside job gear check

Shaun has a more elaborate board to carve his bass tone, but sticks mostly to the trusty BOSS moniker. A Boss BVB60 pedal board hosts his bag of tricks. From the Bass the signal hits a Zoom 506 II multi-effects pedal. Next in line is a Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive pedal followed by a BOSS ME-50B multi-effects pedal.

The inside job gear check

To learn more about the band and their music visit their MuzoPlanet listing.