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Does your wife understand your
obsession with gear?
Yes, she does, fortunately. It’s not a big issue
because these are the tools of my trade and I
can afford what I want. This is how I make my
living. If you’re in the construction business you
need to buy bulldozers and tools. I’m a musician,
so I buy musical equipment. [Authors Note: try
that explanation on your wife next time you plan
to drop a few grand on a custom shop axe!]
My wife is so jealous. The other night, Vince
Gill and I went to the Belcourt Theatre in
Nashville to see Robben Ford, and we went
onstage and sat in. My wife was in the audi-
ence. Later on, she said to me, “You guys had
the most amazing conversation up there and
you never said a word.”
She and I have always had an agreement that
if either one of us spends more than $5000 on
anything, we discuss it first … you can buy a lot
of cool stuff for less than five thousand bucks!
Click here to read more about Brad’s
gear from Bill Crook, Mike “Dr. Z” Zaite
and Robert Keeley. BRAD’S LIVE GEARBOX
Guitars: 1968 Paisley Fender Telecaster;
three Bill Crook Tele or Esquire replicas in
black paisley, blue paisley and blue sparkle
paisley; ’52/’ 56 “Mutt” modded Fender
Telecaster; Gibson Chet Atkins Country
Gentleman; Music Man Albert Lee hardtail.
Amps: Dr. Z Remedy and Z-Wreck; Vox
AC30 handwired by Tony Bruno; Tony Bruno
Effects: Four delays: Way Huge Aquapuss,
Modded Boss DD- 2 and DD- 3, Maxon
AD-999; Fulltone Echodrive; Modded
Ibanez 808 Tube Screamer; Modded Boss
Blues Driver; Hermida Audio Technology
Zendrive; Keeley Compressor and Katana
pedals. Line 6 M- 13 with 12 presets for
tremolo, vibrato and other effects; Modded
Strings: Ernie Ball .010-.046.
Picks: Ernie Ball medium or heavy.
Cords: Custom made by Guitar-Cable.com
Misc.: Shure wireless; custom straps made by
Matt Ali of West Virginia.
The author would like to thank Bill Crook,
Mike “Dr. Z” Zaite, Robert Keeley and Brad’s
tech, Chad Weaver, for their help in preparing