The Austin singer-songwriter generates a retro-hip vibe with ’60s-style guitars, small-but-mighty amps, and a pair of pedalboards.

Shakey Graves spends a good deal of his show playing solo, armed only with this Gibson ES-175D straight into an amp. He picked up this archtop at Gibson’s Austin HQ a few years back and it’s been a big part of his sound ever since. This guitar stays strung up with beefy D'Addario EJ22 (.013–.056) strings. When he’s not using his fingers, Shakey uses Clayton Customs 0.72 mm picks.

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