In Premier Guitar’s followup article on guitar techs, the focus turns to gear and some of the tricks and tips that these seasoned professionals use to keep their employers (and their gear) happy and functional. All of the guitar techs I’ve met over the last couple of years have been total gear nerds and have been more than happy to talk with us about how they do their job and some of the crazy things they experience on a daily basis. These guys have seen it all, so have a look and see if there isn’t a new trick here that you might find helpful. Enjoy!
Here at The Gigging Musician, we’re constantly combing through all the music sites out there and reading all the email blasts that come through on a daily basis, and lately there have been a ton of interesting contests with some great prizes. Consider it an early Christmas present to yourself, but if you’re the type that likes to enter contests we’ve compiled them all here so you can easily enter whichever ones look most interesting you you. So have at it, and make sure to let us know if you win something and we’ll be sure to post it here for everyone to see!
Fender to Give Away a Custom Fender Coldplay Telecaster
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Win a Full Rig From Wild West Guitars
Enter to Win an Ampeg GVT5-110 All Tube Guitar Combo
Win an Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death flying-V Guitar
Play the Guitar Picks Match Game from The Grand Old Opry and Win an Autographed Guitar
Enter to Win a Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire OD, Powertrain 1250 Power Supply, and More
Win a Jane’s Addiction Signed PRS 24
Win a George Harrison signature Gretsch Duo Jet
Enter to Win ‘The Rolling Stones-Inspired Prize Pack’ from HD Tracks
(Includes Custom Fender Telecaster with Let It Bleed Artwork, Custom Gretsch Drum Set with Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out Artwork, and more)
Win an Ernie Ball Axis Guitar and Goodsell Unibox Amp package
Win an Egnater Tweaker 40 Head and Matching 1×12 Cabinets
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To round out the week of Jeff Beck adoration (by me), I thought I’d share this interview with his longtime guitar tech Steve Prior. As is usually the case, the best gear info always seems to come from the tech! One of the interesting tidbits here is the huge neck profile on the first run of Jeff Beck signature Strats. It turns out that Beck didn’t like that large neck profile either and had Fender make him a bunch of necks from which he picked his favorite.
And if anyone was able to get a better shot of Beck’s pedalboard than I did last week, I’d love if you could share it with all of us here. I took a bunch of pics from the front of the stage, but even from there it was impossible to tell what all was on there.
Last week’s show was equally amazing, though quite different. It seems that Beck is now the acknowledged master who is completely comfortable with where he’s at and what he’s accomplished. His band was phenomenal, and he went out of his way to acknowledge and spotlight them throughout the show. As tight as any band I’ve ever seen, this is probably his best band since the original Jeff Beck Group lineup, and that’s really saying something!
I won’t bore you with all the details as there are some great reviews out there of his recent shows. But I did want to share a short clip I got at the show. People Get Ready has long been my favorite song, and holds very special meaning to me. I was able to get the first half of the song before security tapped me on the shoulder and told me there was no video allowed! So while I apologize for the abrupt end of the clip, here’s a great version of People Get Ready!
In honor of the fact that Jeff Beck just made it through the Northwest for a handful of shows, and I was fortunate enough to see the Seattle show, here once again is my favorite Jeff Beck interview. In this clip he runs through a portion of his guitar collection, and as cool as the guitars are, it’s his playing that’s mesmerizing. When he picks up his ES-175 or 1954 Tele, he begins to channel Scotty Moore or James Burton. And when he shows you the old Gretsch he immediately sounds like Cliff Gallup. Easily my favorite guitarist ever, Beck continues to amaze and inspire, and I hope you enjoy this clip!
From the big boys who couldn’t live without them, to the rest of us who can only imagine how cool it would be to have one, I doubt if there’s a guitar player alive who at some point hasn’t thought about either having or being a guitar tech. And now Premier Guitar is giving us a glimpse of life behind the scenes with Gear Nannies: The Life of a Guitar Tech.
Ray and I have been fortunate enough to do a lot of opening gigs over the past couple of years, and the first guy I look for when I get to a show is the guitar tech for the headliner. As a group, these guys have proven to be the nicest, most helpful people you could ever have the good fortune to meet. From Jon who techs for Eddie Perez in Dwight Yoakam’s band, to Frank who techs for all the guitarist in Kenny Rogers band, to Rob from Gloriana, to the guys with Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Lynyrd Skynyrd, they have all gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable working with their acts, and have shared some great insights into how they do their job on a daily basis.
I’ve been loaned those silver, reflective blankets to cover my guitars on a roasting hot stage (a must-have if you’re doing outdoor shows I quickly learned!), sat at the side of the stage with the tech for some truly awesome performances, built up quite a guitar pick collection, and even gotten to play some beautiful guitars. As a guitar player, don’t ever pass up the opportunity to talk with these guys. They are total gear nerds like the rest of us, and love to talk about their craft. A special thanks to Premier Guitar for this article, enjoy!