Premier Guitar caught up with Wayne Krantz in Nashville at City Winery on the first date of his two-month tour to discuss his pragmatic approach to gear.
Wayne Krantz goes live without a net, touring with a single guitar, an S-style loaner from John Suhr. The Suhr has a very useable whammy bar, maple neck, and Suhr ML (Michael Landau) vintage-style single-coil pickups. Krantz opts for big-top/ skinny-bottom D’Addario strings (.011, .013, .017, .026, .032, .038).
During his Nashville show Krantz plugged into a stock Fender Blues Deville 2x12 on loan from his driver. He ran out of the Fender into his personal amp, a Marshall 2553 Silver Jubilee with a matching 2x12 mini cabinet. Krantz picked up the Marshall on eBay years ago, and the two have had a warm working relationship ever since.
While not an obsessive gear nerd, Krantz does enjoy pedals. At one point he toured with a professionally built board, but the TSA ruined all that by repeatedly pulling it apart on flights. Now Krantz rocks it like a teenager in a garage band with all of his pedals living in a bag—he just pulls them out and arranges them on the floor. It makes changing pedals a snap and travel easier.
Although Krantz often experiments with different pedals, he currently plugs into a Vertex Wah, Vertex Boost, Maxon SD-9 Sonic Distortion, Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian, Boss OC-2, Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer, Boss DD-3, Electro-Harmonix Freeze, and a Neunaber Technology Wet Reverb. A G-Lab PB-1 Power Box provides the juice.
John Bohlinger is a Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist best known for leading the band on NBC's Nashville Star and serving as music director for the CMT Awards and specials on PBS and GAC. When not filming Rig Rundowns and gear reviews for PG, John plays pedal steel for Lee Brice.
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