Geek Peek – Dave Gourlay from The Affect Heuristic

NAME: Dave Gourlay


 I’ve been using this guitar since 2015. It was gifted to me by my best mate Judy Foster. I’d gone to the bog and when I came back, she’d ordered it for me. I’ve barely put it down since (the guitar, not the bog).

It’s the only guitar I use in all of my bands, The Affect Heuristic and No Contest.


The stock pickups were Seymour Duncans, a ‘59 in the neck and a JB in the Bridge. Jeff Beck is a good guitarist but his pickup is poo so I went and got myself a Bare Knuckle Nailbomb and stuck that in the bridge. It breaks hearts and melts faces wherever I go.

Strings and other hardware

I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms because I like my thick strings thick and my thin strings thin, it’s a good balance. I’m using the John Petrucci signature Dunlop picks. They look like cough sweets but they help with the shred. Just call me Shreddy Mercury!

I also decided to get one of those strap locks that are sort of drilled into your guitar. This meant cutting into it a little (as you can see in the photo) but I like to play knowing the guitar isn’t going to just drop to the floor as some of my other guitars have in the past.

Pedals and amp

I run the MH through a Mooer Baby Tuner, a clone of the Fulltone OCD which I use only to boost the remaining Seymour Duncan neck pickup which will be replaced by a Bare Knuckle Painkiller as soon as I can muster the coin for it. That then runs into my Mooer Noise Killer, Mooer Re-Echo and finally reaches The Victory Kraken which produces monstrous amounts of glorious, gain ridden tone (that base focus button it has is the Flux Capacitor of the amp world).

The combination of my guitar and that amp are the perfect team. Like The Legion of Doom or Deadpool and Cable.  

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In the store