The Texas rockers have used the same tone formula for decades, but when it comes to gear and making a statement, they’re kings of style.

Another new addition to Gibbons’ traveling rig is this John Bolin-made Melody Maker, dubbed the “Mojo Maker.” The axe is chambered and modeled after the first guitar Gibbons got as a Christmas gift at age 13. The pickup is a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails.

ZZ Top’s guitar and bass tech, Elwood Francis, explains the ins and outs of the newest guitars and basses that Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have out on the road for 2015.