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always looking for that angle. I like to switch
amps onstage for different things.
Did you ever think it might be easier to
simplify your live rig, and if so, how would
you do that?
It’s pretty involved onstage just because it
can be. I can get away with it. Sure, I could
do a show with one amp and two pedals, but
it wouldn’t be too good for the people in the
Talk to us about your stompboxes.
I use Keeley pedals and Keeley-modded pedals,
as well as a few other things, like the Fulltone
Echodrive and a modded 808 Tube Screamer.
I don’t use compression on my Tele, but I do
use a lot of delay. Robert Keeley is just great at
tweaking pedals and building new ones based
on older designs. He’ll hear something, take it
into his shop and change the character completely. It goes back to what we said about not
sounding like anybody else, about having a different guitar than your friend. It’s the same way
with pedals. You always want to sound different.
Robert takes things to sonic places where no
one has gone before. He’s very passionate about
his work, and I like passionate people.
I hear a lot of jazzy chord changes and riffs
going on in your music. Is that true?
Definitely. I like jazz guitar, and I think coun-
The catch phrase at Premier Guitar is “The
try really isn’t that far removed from jazz in
some ways. I always felt you weren’t a real
guitar player unless you could handle some
jazz modulations and changes. I joined the
jazz band in school and learned standards
like “How High The Moon” and “Just The
Way You Look Tonight.” Tunes that people
like Frank Sinatra sang. I love that music. I
was able to play in a more jazzy style on my
Christmas album and get away with it.
relentless pursuit of tone.” How would you
define great tone, and do you agree it’s a
very subjective thing?
It is very subjective. But to me, when someone
says, “I love that,” then that’s great tone. I’m
very picky about little stuff. If I’m playing a clean
sound with my Tele, I can tell if a cable has been
changed. You really can hear those things. I’d say
that great tone is when raw emotion is allowed
to pass unencumbered from your hands to the
speakers so people can relate to it. I love tone
when it’s allowed to bloom.
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