As musicians or even just music obsessionists, gear is a whole other ballgame. Sure, the end result is what we hear and look forward to, but the journey and tools used to get there is just as intriguing. From guitars and amps, to pedals, strings, and picks, we are always curious about what gear musicians are using to get their unique sound. The quest is never ending, but we all enjoy the tumble down the rabbit hole.
With all that being said, Premier Guitar has a great series called “Rig Rundown” where a member of their staff visits a gig or practice of a musician and talks about their rig (gear). It gives us great insight to how our favorite artists are getting their sound. At least for that particular year, because most guitarist’s gear is ever-changing with their concepts.
Here, we are looking at the most recent adaptation of blues guitarist Jonny Lang’s equipment. Jonny Lang was considered to be a child prodigy because at 15 years old he already had his first blues album that went platinum. He currently has five albums that “charted on top 50 of the Billboard 200 charts.” Needless to say, if you haven’t heard his music, check it out.
In the video, Johnny goes through all of his gorgeous guitars including his 59’ reissue Les Paul that he has owned for 17 years. Originally known for his extensive Telecaster playing, Lang states that he has been gravitating towards the Les Paul, “especially in the studio.”
He also goes through his pedals rather extensively, outlining all of them and explaining how he gets his unique sound from them. He even samples some of them with his Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier and his signature humbucker single f-hole telecaster. Ok, that is enough nerding out.
Hope you enjoy this week’s video
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