The retro rocker opens up about retrofitting reissues, returning to the JTM45s, and finding the piece of gear that changed his life.

As the Silvertide machine started to pick up steam, Nick landed this beauty—brand new in 2002—a Gibson Custom Shop 1957 Les Paul Custom Reissue that he calls “Bella.” Its silver hardware has caused some Gibson geeks to falsely claim that it’s an original 1968 model, but he removed the standard (period-correct) reissue hardware after making the purchase. Bella has a set of unpotted Tyson Tone Precious & Grace PAFs and has been in Perri’s stable for nearly two decades because of its focused midrange, which pairs well with his bright Marshall JMP reissues. By his recollection, this guitar was probably used on a third of his new album, Sun Via, and a great recorded example of it can be heard in “Let You Know.”

Special thanks to Derek Brad for additional video footage.

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