Pete Loeffler

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Pete Loeffler
Pete Loeffler with guitar at 2007 MyCokeFest in Atlanta2.JPG
Pete Loeffler performing live in 2007 at MyCokeFest in Atlanta, Georgia
Background information
Birth name Peter Doherty Loeffler
Born (1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 39)
Grayslake, Illinois, US
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Epic Records
Associated acts Chevelle

Pete Loeffler (born October 19, 1976 in Grayslake, Illinois) is a musician, known for his work with the Chicago-area rock band Chevelle, for which he is the lead vocalist and sole guitar player.

Lyrical style and collaborations[edit]

Pete tends to write abstract lyrics, but often directs them toward specific and sometimes humorous ideas. The track titled "Get Some" from their 3rd album This Type of Thinking was written as an ode to the greed sparked by the contest American Idol—this was announced by the band onstage at the show of May 25, 2007 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, New York. Pete has said that "Forfeit", on the Wonder What's Next album, was written about overaggressive people in concert mosh pits.

"We gravitate toward making fun of big bruisers. That song 'Forfeit' is all about when there's a mosh pit, you always have that big tough guy out there who's trying to kill people. That song is making fun of those people. It's like, 'Yeah, I want you to jump around. Have a good time. . . . Vent. Go to a show and get lost for an hour or two in the music and enjoy. But don't go out and kick people's butts.'"[1]

Pete collaborated on a track titled "Forever In Our Hearts", with Brian McKnight, Mýa, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval, Jacoby Shaddix, FeFe Dobson, Ben Jelen and Ben Moody. The track was recorded in response to the 2004 tsunami and is exclusively available on iTunes.

Pete has also written about sleep illnesses, conspiracy theories, aliens, zombies, and gargoyles which is presented in 2009's Sci-Fi Crimes, and most recently La Gargola.


From the start of his career to mid 2014, Loeffler used PRS, two of which were custom-built for him. He also uses two PRS Custom 22s, one red (which can be seen in the music video for "Send The Pain Below") and one white custom 24 (his main live guitar) and 2 Custom 24 baritones (one of which is a baritone with red "X's" on the neck as inlays, the other is gold-top). Pete also owns Fender Stratocaster Sub-Sonic Baritones (two were stolen along with the rest of the band's gear on May 9, 2007). In earlier live sets (prior to the band's EP) Pete had played a blue Ibanez RG among other guitars. Pete also reportedly used a Gibson Les Paul for some parts on the 2011 album Hats Off to the Bull. As of recently, Loeffler has switched and favored Fender guitars, taking on the road one of his Sub-sonic Stratocasters, as well as a modified Jim Root Stratocaster.[2]

Throughout Chevelle's career, Pete's tunings have ranged from Drop C# (Sci-Fi Crimes) to D Standard (Point #1), to Drop C ("Hats Off to the Bull"), to C# standard (some tracks on Wonder What's Next), to Drop B (all albums since Wonder What's Next) to Drop A# (This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In, Vena Sera). He uses an array of pedals, including Boss' BF-3 flanger, PH-3 Phase Shifter, TR-2 Tremolo and a TU-2 tuner, DD-3 Digital Delay, and an OC-3 Octave. It is known Pete has made use of the SansAmp GT-2 on tracks such as "Wonder What's Next" as well as for feedback during live performances. His live amp of choice has long been a Mesa Boogie Mark IV. His onstage rig has two Mark IV heads, with one as a backup. Aside from the Mark IVs, Pete also owns several Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers, a Mesa Boogie Lonestar, a Mesa Boogie Roadster, and an Ampeg V4 (reportedly purchased from Josh Homme of the band Queens of the Stone Age).

On This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), Pete has stated he used an Orange head to handle all the clean tones. More recently, in 2009 while recording Chevelle's 5th album, Sci-Fi Crimes, Pete is shown to also own several Bogner amplifiers (two Shivas and an Überschall), a Diezel VH4, a mid-70s Marshall JMP, an early-70s White Marshall Super Lead, and a HiWatt. In Pete's live rig, he handles channel switching with an Axess Electronics MIDI pedal. He is also well known for always playing guitar with his foot propped on his toolbox. As of 2009, Pete no longer uses a Boss Flanger, instead using a MXR Phase 90, Boss Tremolo, a Boss GE-7 Equalizer and a Sansamp GT-2, as well as a Custom Audio Electronics A/B amp switcher.


Live at Hollywood Palladium, 07-12-14


For the majority of his career, Pete has used PRS Guitars. As of 2014, he has become an endorsee of Fender Guitars, using a variety of Stratocasters. The guitars has used over the years include:

  • Fender Sub-Sonic
  • Fender Custom Shop H-H Stratocaster (Tuned to Drop C)
  • Fender Jim Root Stratocaster (tuned to Drop C)
  • PRS Custom 22 (Pete's original PRS he bought in 1995 for $900. It was stolen, but recovered, and now is retired from the road)
  • PRS Custom 24 (Pete has a one-off Custom 24 used for C# tuning, finished in a Gold Mist color. He also has a new 2012 model Custom 24, as well as 2 older Black ones)
  • PRS CE-24 (Black, Drop C)
  • PRS Custom Baritones (Owns 4 of them in White for A# tuning, Gold for Drop B [main guitar], Vintage Burst as an alternate for Drop B, and a custom made Chevelle signature model, with one pickup)
  • PRS Mike Mushok SE Baritone (Used as a backup for his A# guitar)

Amplifiers and Cabinets (Live)[edit]

  • Mesa Boogie Mark IV (has 2, one as a backup. He has used the same Mark IV since 1991)
  • Mesa Boogie Mark V (kept backstage, and in the studio)
  • 2 Mesa Boogie 4x12" cabs (with a custom red grille)
  • Shure KSM353 Roswellite Ribbon Mic, and a Shure SM57 used to mic his cabinets live

Amplifiers and Cabinets (Studio)[edit]

  • Mesa Boogie Mark IV
  • Mesa Boogie Mark V
  • Marshall JMP 100
  • Marshall Super-Lead Head
  • Marshall 1960TV Cabinet
  • Bogner Uberschall
  • Bogner Shiva
  • Mesa Boogie Road King
  • Mesa Boogie Roadster
  • Mesa Boogie Lonestar
  • Diezel VH4
  • Ampeg V4
  • Orange Rockerverb 100
  • Naylor Super-Drive 60
  • Naylor Electra-Verb 60

Effects and other Equipment[edit]

  • MXR Phase 90
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo
  • Boss GE-7 Equalizer
  • Peterson Strobe Tuner
  • SansAmp Tech 21 GT-2
  • Dunlop Zakk Wylde Wah
  • Custom Audio Electronics A/B switcher
  • Everly Strings (.013-.065 gauge)
  • In Tune GrippX .073 yellow picks
  • Audiotech Guitar Products CL-2 Selector (used on past tour)
  • Seymour Duncan JB pickups


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