Garial McNair of No Doubt

Gabrial McNair has been making music for over 20 years. Having a diverse background in many styles of music from jazz to classical, and almost everything in between, he is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His musical training includes years spent studying at Citrus College and California Institute of the Arts, respectively. In the spring of 1993, from a recommendation of a fellow colleague, Gabrial decided to play with a then unknown band, No Doubt. After the completion of their second album on Interscope Records, he left Cal Arts to join the rigorous touring schedule that would bring the band to international stardom. This led to many studio and live collaborations with the likes of Toots & the Maytals, Green Day, Elvis Costello, The Offspring, among others. Gabrial has since composed theme music for MTV’s The Real World, as well as music for Lexus. He is also the guitarist and one of the founding members of his new band, Oslo. We had a chance to sit down with Gabrial and ask him a few questions about his favorite gear.

Where did you first hear about Line 6?

A friend told me about the POD some years ago when it first came out, but I was very skeptical. After playing through one, I was very surprised at what was inside that little thing.

What Line 6 gear are you using and how are you using it?

I have a Flextone 3 Combo Amp. I use the onboard effects while on tour with No Doubt, but when I play with Oslo I just use the amp models and a pedal board with the DL4 & the MM4.

How have our products changed the way you work?

It's a lot easier to get closer to the sound you had in the studio, while on the stage.

What are your favorite settings on the gear you use and why?

The Line 6 Clean guitar sound is nice, but I also like to use expression pedals to manipulate sounds as I play. It becomes a part of your instrument.