Tom Morello’s Marshall Lead 20

This is a small 20W practice amp with a 10-inch speaker which Tom used to record the song “Tire Me”. As far as the guitar, for that occasion, he used his 1960s St. George MP-2 guitar.

This guitar/amp combo was used to record “Tire Me” on the Evil Empire album which came out 25 years ago last week. The guitar, which I’m not even sure is made out of wood (plywood?) cost 40 Canadian dollars at a Toronto pawn shop and the amp is a 20 watt solid state practice amp I had in my apartment. The song won our first Grammy.

Tom Morello – Instagram
Marshall Lead 20 seen in Tom's personal studio.
Marshall Lead 20 seen in Tom’s personal studio.


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