Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford chose Fender
Stratocasters for the tour. He’s pictured here with a Mexican-made
For the tour, Whitford went with a setup he’s used for years. “Ever since I can remember playing,
has been my frame of reference,” he said. “Being really young and
listening to Eric Clapton in Cream—and, of course, Hendrix—made me think, that’s what guitar
sounds like.’” Whitford drove the amp with a seafoam green Strat recently loaded with Duncan
Antiquities. “You sort of have that journey that you go through, looking for whatever tone that
you’re after. Then you realize that you just lost it. Everybody’s got a better mousetrap. I’ve gone
through a lot of different stages with guitars and pedals, but I think the minimalistic approach is
the best. The more naked it is, the more honest it is.” He’s even rethought wirelesses. “The last
few shows with Aerosmith I stopped using it. Mentally, it’s hard to wrap my head around my guitar
signal being some invisible thing in the air.”
Experience Hendrix has allowed Whitford to not only share the stage with his sons, but other
performers he wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to do so with. “Usually the show
closes with ‘Red House,’ and that includes Joe [Satriani], Robert [Randolph], and Billy [Cox],”
he explains. “It’s been really fun playing with Joe, he’s such a great musician. It’s not one of
those competition things with him—it’s all about the music.”
Two Fender Stratocasters belonging to the
Whitfords: an American Fat Strat with Gold Lace Sensors
and a Mexican-made Standard.
Whitford’s sons, Harrison and Graham, joined
him on the Experience Hendrix tour this year. Here Harrison
holds his seafoam green Fender ’62 Stratocaster reissue.
The Whitfords depended on the time-tested—and
Hendrix-approved—Marshall Super Lead and a Marshall
4x12. The head is a reissue 100-watt model, and the cabinet
is a 1960BX loaded with Celestion Greenbacks. It’s mic’d
with a Shure SM57.
Whitford’s pedalboard features a Dunlop
Crybaby wah, Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz, Fulltone Deja
Vibe, MXR Carbon Copy analog delay, and an original
Marshall The Guv’nor overdrive.