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Want to learn the secret sauce behind Exit 85's rockin' sound?

It requires a lot of trial and error to get the right sound on a consistent basis. Below is a list of equipment and accessories the band has used over the years. We've personally vetted and recommend all of these, as they've lots of travel, multiple cities and venues, and even rain, drink spills and the occasional tipsy fan.

Alto Professional 2-Way Powered Loudspeakers

TS215 15" Mains
TS312S 15" Subwoofers
TS212 12" Mains or Monitors

Rob Stewart's Gear

Rhythm & Lead Guitar

Rob has over 20 years of experience playing and performing in cover bands. He was born and raised in Northern New York, and lived in Buffalo and New Jersey, before settling in Charlotte/Fort Mill area. He's a versatile musician, having played drums in several bands before transitioning to guitar. His playing style is rooted in blues, but he loves all genres of music especially hard rock and metal. In New York he was a member of the bands “And Sometimes Y” and “Mr Bicklehaupt”, and has played out extensively in Charlotte area with the band “Barefoot Pilgrim” headlining Derby Days, Young Affiliates, Alive After 5 at the Mint Museum, as well as playing blues at the famous Double Door Inn. He's now excited to be playing with a great group of musicians to bring a solid set of 80's and 90's rock to the Fort Mill and Charlotte areas.

Guitar Accessories and Amps

D'Addario Pure Nickel Strings

Blackstar 1x12 MKII Combo Amplifier

Line 6 Helix LT Guitar Processor

Line 6 PowerCab 112 Plus

Line 6 Wireless Guitar System

Pedals and Effects

Pedaltrain Pedal Board

MXR M117R Flanger Pedal

MXR EVH90 Phase 90 Pedal

Xotic Effects Wah XW-1 Pedal

Walrus Audio Phoenix Power Supply

MXR M237 Brick Power Supply

Jack Sutherland's Gear

Fender Jazz, Warwick Thumb & Streamer Basses

Jack bought a Fender Jazz bass and Technics turntable in 1993, and immediately became entrenched with creating new sounds. A couple of years later after studying Jazz at CPCC , he was headlining his first band, Hillside Groove, a funk/hip-hop hybrid, performing in local clubs throughout the Charlotte-Metro area. Since then he has gained over 20 years of experience playing bass for The Dismoire Cover Trio, Pistola (an Incubus cover band), as well as performing at events and filling in at recording studios.

DR PURE BLUES 40-120 5st Bass Strings

DR PURE BLUES 40-100 4st Bass Strings

Fender Rumble 800W 2x10" Combo

Hartke HD210 500W 2x10" Bass Cabinet

Hartke HD115 500W 1x15" Bass Cabinet

Looking for the perfect beginner bass guitar or amp?

Jack rotates between Fender and Warwick basses. But over the years the Jazz or P-Bass has always been his perfect do-it-all bass guitar. And Fender's Rumble series of amps provides the best mix of modern electronics, power and portability. Combined with a P-Bass, Rumble Amp, strap and cable, this P-Bass kit on Amazon is THE PERFECT all-in-one bass package, for beginners, or former players looking to gear-up again.

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