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Rig Rundown: Blackberry Smoke

The Southern rockers take no prisoners with their twin-guitar attack.

A J. Hamilton “Elizabeth” gives Starr some semi-hollow tones and features a pair of humbuckers with matching wooden pickup rings. Finally, a Gibson Custom Shop Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul rounds out the arsenal. Recently, Starr had the chance to play J.D. Simo’s ’60 Les Paul and, according to Starr, the Southern Rock LP held up comparably.

Premier Guitar hung with Charlie Starr and Paul Jackson of Blackberry Smoke just a few hours before they blew the roof off of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The boys shared their recipe for Southern rock tone that’s as thick as grits and gravy. Special thanks to the band’s tech, David “Doc” Oswalt, for details.