THE CURE'S LIVE EQUIPMENT

1978


Robert Smith :
Woolworth "Top 20" guitar
WEM Clubman combo


1979

Robert Smith :
Woolworth "Top 20" guitar
HH combo

-then-

Fender Jazzmaster guitar (with "Top 20" pickup added)
Ovation Breadwinner guitar (with Siouxsie & the Banshees)
Roland JC 160 combo
Harmonica ("Subway Song")

Michael Dempsey :
Guild bass


1980

Robert Smith :
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (with "Top 20" pickup added)
Roland JC 160 combo
MXR Flanger
Storm Compressor
Electro Harmonix echo unit (Memory Man deluxe ?)
Harmonica ("Subway Song")

Simon Gallup :
Fender Precision bass
Roland SP 100 combo
Colon distorsion pedal
Electro Harmonix Flanger

Lol Tolhurst :
Yamaha bass drum
Ludwig 6 1/2 inches super sensitive snare
4 Remo Rototoms 8, 10, 12, 14 inches
Paiste 13 inches hi-hat
Zildjian 10 & 12 inches cymbals
18 inches crash ride
Synare syndrums

Matthieu Hartley :
Korg Mini 700S
Roland RS-09



1981

Robert Smith :
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (with "Top 20" pickup added)
Roland JC 160 combo
Fender Bass VI Olympic White
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Electro Harmonix echo unit
MXR Flanger
Storm Compressor
Storm Distortion
Korg Maxi 800 DV synth
Roland RS-09 synth
Harmonica ("Splintered In Her Head")

Simon Gallup :

Fender Precision bass
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cab
Colon distortion
Electro Harmonix Flanger
Korg Mini 700S synth
Eko Bass Pedal synth K3 (played with foot on "Faith")

Lol Tolhurst :
Yamaha bass drum
Ludwig 6 1/2 inches super sensitive snare
4 Remo Rototoms 8, 10, 12, 14 inches
Paiste 13 inches hi-hat
Zildjian 10 & 12 inches cymbals
18 inches crash ride
Synare syndrums
Simmons Digital Clap Trap


1982

Robert Smith :
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (black, previously white, "Top 20" pickup)
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Fender Bass VI Olympic White
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cab
Vox Mark VI Teardrop guitar
Electro Harmonix Memory Man Deluxe
Boss distortion
Flanger
Korg Maxi 800 DV synth (also played by Simon & Lol on different songs)
Roland RS-09 synth
Another synth (Korg ?)
Harmonica ("Splintered In Her Head")

Simon Gallup :
Rickenbacker 4003 bass
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cabinet
Eko Bass Pedal synth K3 (played with foot on "Cold")


Lol Tolhurst :
Pearl drums
Synare syndrums
Simmons Digital Clap Trap
Korg Maxi 800 DV synth



1983

Robert Smith :
Vox Mark VI Teardrop guitar
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Fender Bass VI Olympic White
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cab
+ effects

Lol Tolhurst :
Roland Juno 60 synth
Roland RS-09 synth

Phil Thornall
ey :
Fender Precision bass
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cabinet

Andy Anderson :
Pearl drums
Simmons sd57 electronic pad


1984

Robert Smith :
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (black, "Top 20" pickup)
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Vox Mark VI Teardrop guitar (on "Shake Dog Shake")
Gibson Chet Atkins CE acoustic guitar
"Fish Guitar" (customized Fender Jazzmaster - only with the Banshees)
Boss GE-7 Equalizer pedal
Boss Chorus CE-3 pedal
Boss Overdrive OD-1 pedal
Boss Flanger BF-2 pedal
Boss Delay DM-3 pedal
Boss 4-Channel Mixer BX-40
Flute
Violin
Harmonica

Porl Thompson :

Epiphone EA-250 guitar
Fender Stratocaster guitar
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Fender Bass VI Olympic White
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cab
Roland JX-3P synth
Saxophone (alto)
E-bow (on "Wailing Wall")

Phil Thornalley :
Musicman StingRay bass
Rickenbacker Fretless bass (for "Lovecats")
Peavey TNT 130 combo

Lol Tolhurst :
Roland Juno 60 synth

Andy Anderson :
Pearl drum kit Professional DX Series :
4 tom toms 10" 12" 13" 16"
22" Pearl bass drum
Pearl snare
Rodgers timbali
Zildjian 20cm splash
13" Paiste hi-hats
Paiste thin crash
Zildjian 51cm thin crash
"Ray-man" china
14" Paiste hi-hats


1985

Robert Smith :
Fender Telecaster (Japan) guitar
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (black, "Top 20" pickup)
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Ibanez acoustic guitar (?)
Boss GE-7 Equalizer pedal
Boss CE-3 Chorus pedal
Boss OD-1 Overdrive pedal
Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal
Boss DM-3 Delay pedal
Boss PSM-5 Power supply

Porl Thompson :
Fender Telecaster (Japan) (vintage white) guitar
Epiphone EA-250 guitar
Fender Bass VI Olympic White (on "Primary", "The Hanging Garden"...)
Boss effects pedals
Roland JX-3P synth
Saxophone (alto)

Simon Gallup :
Musicman StingRay bass
Boss effects pedals
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + speaker cab

Lol Tolhurst :
Yamaha DX7
Boss effects pedals

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1986 / March-April 1987

Robert Smith :
Fender Telecaster (Japan) guitar
"Fish Guitar" (customized Fender Jazzmaster) (april-may '86)
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (black, "Top 20" pickup)
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Fender Bass VI Olympic White
Peavey Mark III Series 400 Musician head + Peavey 2x15 speaker cab
Ibanez acoustic guitar
Boss GE-7 Equalizer pedal
Boss CE-3 Chorus pedal
Boss OD-1 Overdrive pedal
Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal
Boss DM-3 Delay pedal
Boss PSM-5 Power supply

Porl Thompson :
Fender Telecaster (Japan) (vintage white) guitar
Epiphone EA-250 guitar
Fender Bass VI Olympic White (on "Primary", "The Hanging Garden"...)
Boss effects pedals
Roland JX-3P synth
Saxophone (alto)

Simon Gallup :
Musicman StingRay bass
Boss effects pedals
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + speaker cab

Lol Tolhurst :
Yamaha DX7
Boss effects pedals

Boris Williams :
Simmons drum kit
Yahama bass drum
5 toms toms (4 Yamaha + 1 Pearl)
Yamaha snare
Ludwig snare
Pearl snare
...

1987

Robert Smith :
Gibson SG custom guitar
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Fender Electric XII guitar
Fender Bass VI
Boss pedals
Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal

Porl Thompson :
Gibson ES-345 guitar
Fender Telecaster Sonic Blue guitar

Simon Gallup :
Musicman StingRay bass
Rickenbacker 4003 Blackstar bass
Boss effects pedals
Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass head + 2 Peavey BW 1820 cabs

Lol Tolhurst :
Yamaha DX7 synth
Oberheim DPX-1 sample players
Roland digital piano module
Roland Super Jupiter module
Roland DP-5 multi-effects unit

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1989

Robert Smith :
National Val Pro 88 guitar
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Dubreuille R.Smith Signature model (US tour only)
Fender Bass VI (black, previously white)
Boss pedals


Porl Thompson :
Gibson ES-175 Bigsby modified
Gibson ES-345 guitar
Coral sitar

Simon Gallup :
Washburn semi-acoustic custom bass
Musicman StingRay bass

Roger O'Donnell :

Roland JX-8P synth
Korg M1 synth
Fast Forward Designs MIDI Step pedals
Oberheim sample player

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1990

Robert Smith :
National Val Pro 88 guitar
Fender Jazzmaster guitar (black, "Top 20" pickup) (not used since 1986)
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Fender Bass VI (black)
Boss pedals

Porl Thompson :
Gibson ES-175 Bigsby modified
Gibson ES-345 guitar


Simon Gallup :
Gibson EB-2 bass


Perry Bamonte :
Roland JX-8P synth
Roland D-70 synth

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1991


Robert Smith :
National Val Pro 88 guitar
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Fender Bass VI
Boss pedals
Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal

Porl Thompson :
Gibson ES-175 guitar
Gibson Les Paul Top Gold guitar
Martin D28 acoustic guitar

Simon Gallup :
Gibson EB-2 bass

Kramer Acoustic bass

Perry Bamonte :
Roland JX-8P synth
Roland D-70 synth

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1992

Robert Smith :
Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (2 models : red & black)
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Fender Bass VI
Boss effects pedals
Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal

Porl Thompson :
Gibson 345 guitar
Gibson ES-175 guitar
Gibson Les Paul Top Gold guitar
Fender Stratocaster Sunburst guitar
Mesa Boogie Studio 22 amps

Simon Gallup :
Dick Knight Custom bass (2 models : black & white)
Ampeg SVT amp

Perry Bamonte :
Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Gibson ES-335 guitar
Rickenbacker 330 guitar
Fender Bass VI
Roland JX-8P synth
Roland D-70 synth

Boris Williams :
Unknown


1996

Robert Smith :
Gretsch Tennessee Rose
Ovation Custom Legend 12-string acoustic guitar
Guild F412 12-string acoustic guitar
Takamine EN-28C acoustic guitar ("The 13th")
Yairi Classical guitar
Fender bass VI
Boss OD-2 Overdrive pedal
Boss DS-2 Distortion pedal
Boss PH-2 Super Phaser pedal
Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble pedal
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver pedal
Boss LS-2 Line Selector pedal
Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal
Marshall Bluesbreaker combo
Vox AC 30 amp
Ampeg SVT 112 combo
E-MU systems emulator 2

Simon Gallup :
Gibson Thunderbird IV bass
Dick Knight Custom bass
Ovation Custom 12-string acoustic guitar ("This Is A Lie")
Ampeg SVT 200T + Ampeg 1x15 SVT cabinet
Boss effects pedals

Perry Bamonte :
Aria TA-80 guitar
Gibson Les Paul guitar
Fender Bass VI
E-MU systems E4K synth
Crate Blue Voodoo combo
Marshall Bluesbreaker combo
Peavey Chorus 2x12 combo

Roger O'Donnell :
Roland-XP-50 synth
Kurzweil PC88 synth
E-MU systems E4K synth
Yamaha ProMix 01 mixer
Midi step pedals
Motu midi timepiece II
Zoom effects
Digital sound modules (E-MU Proteus, UltraProteus...)

Jason Cooper :
Yamaha Maple custom drum kit :
10", 12", 15", 16" Yamaha power toms
14x8 Ludwig colloseum snare
14x8 Tama snare
14x14 Noble Cooley
14" DW Brass Shell
22" bass drum
Dauz pads
DW pedals
Zildjian cymbals
E-MU systems emulator 4
Pearl rack
Roland Octopad SD11
Akai ME35T midi trigger
Akai S3200 sampler


2000

Robert Smith :
Gretsch Silver Falcon guitar
Gibson Firebird reverse VII guitar
Gretsch Tennessee Rose guitar
Mosrite Combo guitar
Fender Electric XII guitar
Guild F412 12-string acoustic guitar
Fender Bass VI
Boss Flanger pedal
Boss CH-1 Chorus pedal
Boss PH-2 Phaser pedal
Boss Distortion
Boss Delay
Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal
Line 6 Flextone II HD head + Line 6 212S-CB cab
Ampeg VL503
Peavey Ultra 120 head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Flute

Simon Gallup :
Gibson Thunderbird IV bass
Dick Knight Custom bass
Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass
Fender Jazz bass
Boss effects pedals: distortion, delay, flanger, chorus, noise suppressor
Ampeg SVT 200T amp
Ampeg speaker cabinet 4x10
Ampeg speaker cabinet 1x15

Perry Bamonte :
Aria TA-80 guitar
Aria-M-650-T guitar
Aria 6-string bass P. Bamonte Signature
Gibson Les Paul guitar
Rickenbacker 360 guitar
Guild F4-CE acoustic guitar
Boss effects pedals
Line 6 Delay Modeller DL4
Line 6 Flextone II HD head + Line 6 212S-CB cab
Peavey Ultra 120 head + Peavey 4x12 speaker cab
Mesa Boogie V-Twin Preamp
E-bow

Roger O'Donnell :
Roland-XP-50 synth
Kurzweil PC88 synth
Fast Forward Designs MIDI Step pedals
Tons of digital sound modules (E-MU Proteus 2000, Proteus 1/XR, Ultra Proteus, Emulator E4, Orbit V2)

Jason Cooper :
DW drums :
10", 12", 16" toms toms
22" bass drum
13"x7" snare drum
14"x14" noble and colley (2nd snare)
Zildjian 13", 14" hi-hats
Zildjian 6" splash
Zildjian 17" crash
Zildjian 18" crash
Zildjian 18" china
DW hardware
Roland Octapad SPD-11 electronic pad
Dauz electronic pad
Akai S-1000 sampler


2002 (festivals)

Robert Smith :
Gretsch Silver Falcon guitar
Mosrite Joe Maphis Signature
Schecter Tempest Custom
Fender Bass VI


2004

Robert Smith :
Schecter Ultra (white)
Schecter UltraCure
Guild F412 12-string acoustic guitar
Vox AC-30 amp
Orange amp
Selmer Zodiac Twin 30 amp

Simon Gallup :
Gibson Thunderbird IV bass
Boss MT-2 Distortion pedal
Boss DD-3 Delay pedal
Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal
Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble pedal
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
AMPEG SVT 200-T heads + 8x10 AMPEG Classic cabs

Perry Bamonte :
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Aria TA-80 guitar

Jason Cooper :
Unknown


2005

Robert Smith :
Schecter UltraCure guitar
Schecter UltraCure Baritone
Acoustic guitar
Orange AD30 head + 4x12 speaker cabinet
Ampeg VL-503 amp

Porl Thompson :
Schecter Corsair (Sunburst) guitar
Gibson 345 guitar
Danelectro DC59 guitar
Acoustic guitar
Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-issue amps
Fender Twin amp

Simon Gallup :
Gibson Thunderbird IV bass
Eccleshall 335 bass (Yahoo internet session)

Jason Cooper :
Unknown


2008

Robert Smith :
Schecter UltraCure guitar
Schecter UltraCure Baritone
Schecter RS-1000 acoustic guitar

Porl Thompson :
Schecter Corsair P. Thompson Signature guitar
Schecter Tempest Custom guitar
Schecter PT Fastback guitar (US tour)
Pete Cornish Guitar Effects/Amps Board
Pete Cornish Pan/Stutter/Volume Pedalboard

Simon Gallup :
Gibson Thunderbird IV bass

Jason Cooper :
Unknown




(thanks Lina for the help on guitars)


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