Founder and frontwoman of Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace stands out as an innovator and creative voice in modern punk rock. As you might expect from a punk rocker, her stage setup is simpler than you’ll find for a Herman Li or a Zach Myers, but it’s not as simple – never as simple for a stage musician – as one guitar, one amp.
Grace’s 2011 rig consisted of:
Unlike many guitarists we’ve featured in this series so far, Laura’s pedal boards are simply enough not to need a separate tech operator. Her guitars feed into an MXR Phase 90 phaser, then a Keeley Knob Compressor. For boost she sticks with Keeley, using the Keeley Katana Clean Boost.
It’s a simpler sound to achieve than many we’ve looked at, but it’s still distinctive and powerful – and that has a lot to do with Against Me!’s enduring popularity.