Richard Z. Kruspe's equipment

Richard Z. Kruspe's equipment

Guitars (studio & live)

ESP RZK-I

Richard owns since 2005 an ESP signature guitar. The first version is available in "Titanium" finish and then in the 2009 Musikmesse in Frankfurt are presented two new colors, "Olympic White" and "Satin Black". It is used in drop C during the Reise, Reise tour, then in standard thuning, drop C or drop D sur le LIFAD tour.

ESP RZK I Titanium ESP RZK I Olympic White ESP RZK I Satin Black

Since 2010, the RZK-I has a new "Burnt" finish.

ESP RZK I Burnt
Specifications
Construction TypeSolid body
Neck constructionSet in neck
Strings6
Frets24 Xtra-Jumbo
Scale Length25,5" / 64,8cm
BodyAlder
TopMaple
Fret boardRosewood
Fretboard InlaysCross inlays
PickupH-H, 2x Humbucker
Pickup BridgeEMG 81
Pick up selecter3-way toggle
Controls1x volume
NutFloyd Rose Locking, R2
BridgeFloyd Rose Style
HardwareGotoh Deluxe in Chrome

ESP RZK-II

The RZK-II marks the revival of the Richard signatures. Only the "Burnt" finish is marketed, but Richard has a "Titanium" finish that can be seen in the Pussy video.

ESP RZK II Burnt

Specifications are the same as those of RZK-I but the scale has a length of 24,76" instead of 25,5".

Gibson J200

Richard uses this acoustic guitar only in studio.

Gibson J200

Live equipment

Richard uses a Shure Super 55 Deluxe microphone mounted on a telescopic leg which getting up or down with a pedal.

Shure Super 55 Deluxe

Richard's sound engineer, Lutz Buch, describes on this video the gear used by Richard during the LIFAD tour.

Studio equipment

Equipment typeBrand
Amp headsMesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers Pre 500
Pre-ampTriaxis
Power ampMesa Boogie 295 Simulclass Stereo Power Amp
Effects processorEventide Eclipse
MicrophonesTelefunken U47 ; Neumann M149
Microphone pre-amp1081 Neve
Re-ampMW1
SpeakersMesa Boogie Rectifier
CablesSommercable
StringsSIT strings ; Dean Markley

Richard created in 2010 with Native Instruments an amp simulation software, which creates a sound close to his. Richard uses Rammfire to record his demos.

Old Equipment

You can click on the links to see the guitars without leaving the page.

Guitars

Richard during the Reise, Reise tour

Microphones

Keyboards

On Bück dich, Richard used a Roland PC-200MKII.

Roland PC-200MKII

During the Made In Germany tour, he uses an Alesis QX49 keyboard to launch the samples of the Bück dich introduction.