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Keep It Simple: Buddy Guy’s Rig

16 July 2011 Leave a comment

Buddy Guy Guitar RigOK. I’m as geeky as the next guitar nerd and, like you all, I love looking at videos of guitarists’ rigs. I love seeing their seventy stage guitars and their two full height racks full of esoteric effects with flashing LEDs and their wall of stacks and that special plectrum they use that’s made from a shark’s tooth. I love that crap.

Still though, I can’t help feeling that this look at Buddy Guy’s rig is a breath of fresh air. Deep down, I’m a traditionalist and, no matter how much fun it is to examine a million bucks worth of shiny gear, I can’t help getting a bit misty-eyed and nostalgic for a simpler time.

Tone’s a personal thing and a crapload of effects and equipment has its place. It’s nice to sometimes plug a guitar into an amp though (ok, maybe with a spotty Wah).

Check out this video from Premier Guitar. Great stuff.

Incidentally, that polka-dot Strat nearly gave my brother concussion. During one of Buddy’s jaunts into the audience, the headstock missed his head by less than an inch as Buddy spun around. Disappointed it didn’t make contact as it would have made for a better story.

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