This article series is about the tools of popular guitarists and bassists. What are their favorite guitars or basses and how is it related to them? This time with Kai Stringer, who played lead guitar in the germam metal band MENTALIST.

Hi, my name is Kai Stringer (, born February 16, 1980 / Germany. I am the guitarist of the power metal band MENTALIST ( I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 12 years old.

Let’s go to my most significant musical influences with Bands like: Symphony X, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Toto, Winger, Giant, Beatles, etc …
Guitarists: Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Romeo, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Gary Moore, etc …

Here I introduce you to the most important part of my equipment:


– Fender Richie Blackmore Limited Edition Strat from 1997, Made in Japan

– Jeff Beck humbucker / Seymour Duncan (bridge)
– Graphite nut
– Sperzel Locking Tuners

– Fender 70’s Strat

– Pickups: Häussel Schtäck 5B (Bridge) – Fender Standard Single coil (Middle) – Häussel Schtäck 5N (Neck)
– Bone nut
– Scalloped fretboard
– Dunlop strap locks

Amps + cabinet:

– Marshall JCM 800 Lead Series with FX Loop
– Marshall DSL 100H
– Marshall 1960 AV 4×12 Cabinet


Connected in front of the amp:

– Power supply: 1Spot CS 12 / Truetone

– Polytune 3 / TC Electronic
– NS-2 Noise Suppressor / Boss, looped in the following pedals:

– Rodenberg GAS 808 (for the riff sounds)
– OC-2 Octave Pedal / Boss (Analog, Made in Japan)
– MXR phase 90
– Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive / Fender (for the lead sounds)

In the FX loop:

– Power supply: PWT08 / Palmer

– Boss Chorus CE-2 (Analog, Made in Japan 1985)
– MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
– Holy Grail Max Reverb / Electro-Harmonix

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