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Rig Rundown: Widespread Panic

A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.

Widespread Panic

Besides his PRS guitars, Herring brought this parts S-style guitar built by guitar tech Joel Byron on Widespread’s sojurn to Nashville. It’s “sort of a ’50s style,” says Herring. The guitar’s got a light ash body (from MJT), which he says tends to resonate better, a USA Custom Guitars neck, Don Mare pickups, and a Callaham bridge chosen to give the strings a more modern spacing. As with all his guitars with whammy bars, he uses four springs under the bridge. The axe’s middle setting activates the neck and middle pickup.

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