Recently, Paul Reed Smith invited Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Ricky Skaggs, and Cody Kilby to his home studio for a candid conversation.

Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Reed Smith, and Cody Kilby

Stevensville, MD (February 11, 2013) -- Last fall, Paul Reed Smith sat down with Carlos Santana, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes to have a candid conversation about tone, finding your voice, and being a musician. Recently, Smith invited Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Ricky Skaggs, and Cody Kilby to his home studio to continue the conversation with PRS’s leading acoustic endorsers.

This group of folk musicians brings compelling stories and a new perspective to the conversation. Join them as they discuss their musical roots and how their individuality and tone developed.

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Can a bona fide funk guru help design a better Klone?

Wide range of gain. Very useful EQ.

Doesn’t do the Klon clean boost as well as original.

$349

Jackson Audio The Optimist
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Jackson Audio’s pedal collaboration with modern funk hero Cory Wong could have taken a few different paths. Considering Wong’s style, a compressor would have been an obvious choice. Instead, the Optimist is a dual overdrive that builds on a Klon-inspired baseline, adds a second overdrive, and has a clever EQ to create a super-flexible overdrive. Named after Wong’s second album, The Optimist suits Wong’s exuberant and fun-loving personality. But it also describes the way you might approach a gig with this pedal in hand. Together, the two separate overdrives and active EQ give you enough tones to cover almost any gig this side of Slayer cover band.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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