Mike Gantzer is a guitarist in the band Aqueous, bringing roaring leads and rhythmic chord progressions to the fore front. Mike works effortlessly with his fellow guitarist David Loss to create guitar harmonies so pleasant they’ll make you smile from ear to ear.

Guitar-

2017 Gibson SG Standard “Selina”26733308_859055097599618_1917529712_o

Amp-

Fender Twin Reverb Reissue26853854_859055110932950_1354375338_o
Mike normally runs a vintage Mesa/Boogie Son of Boogie combo amp, but he’s been having some trouble with it after using the amp for all of AQ’s fall tour. He backlined a Twin for their opening slot during the Umphrey’s McGee NYE run, and decided to bring one out in Buffalo as well.

Pedalboard-

Signal Chain-

Eventide H9 > Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner > Vox Wah > Digitech Whammy 5 > Rothwell Love Squeeze Comp > Maxon AF9 > Fastwey Super Charger > Maxon VOP9 > Moog MF Boost > Maxon SC-550 Stereo Chorus > Line 6 MM4 (Modded)* > MXR Phase 95 > Boss DD-7 Digital Delay > TCE Hall of Fame mini

* 1: Tremolo 2: Ring Mod 3: Phaser 4: Univibe

Mike and I have talked previously about his feelings on the Maxon VOP-9 compared to an Ibanez TS-9, and this is what he had to say about the two, “[I like it] SO much more than the Tube Screamer; they’re actually pretty tonally different even though they look similar. [The VOP-9] is beefier, clearer, and warmer, but not muddy at all, which TS-9’s can be sometimes. It has a bit more gain too.”