One of Nashville’s most prolific guitarists takes us to the legendary Blackbird Studio and shows us the rig he uses in sessions for the likes of Taylor Swift, Buddy Guy, Kenny Chesney, and more.

At this point, a looper on the right side of the board directs the signal to a drawer in the amp rack that contains a Way Huge Fat Sandwich, Analog Man King of Tone, and EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper. The drawer is setup so Greenberg can easily change pedals to fit the session. The drawer also holds an Analog Man Sun Lion, XTS Winford, a trio of stomps from J. Rockett Audio (Animal, Tim Pierce Overdrive, and Blue Note), Electro-Harmonix POG2, Strymon El Capistan and BigSky.


This rare English Tonemaster was made circa 1957.

The Valco-produced English Tonemaster is a rare, lap-steel-inspired gem from the 1950s—when genres and guitar design were fluid.

The 1950s were a peculiar time for the electric guitar. Innovators, designers, and tinkerers were pushing the boundaries of the instrument, while musicians were experimenting with various playing techniques and sounds. There was an evolution of sorts (or de-evolution, depending on your slant) from solidbody “sit-down” guitars, like pedal and lap steels, to “stand-up” or “upright” solidbody electrics. If you look at an early Fender catalog—let’s say from 1953—you’ll see the Telecaster (and Esquire), the Precision Bass, and then a whole bunch of steel guitars. There was a shift underway, and many manufacturers began to blur the lines of what a guitar should look, sound, and play like.

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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