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.

Gibbons uses almost the same amp setup as Hill, with Marshall JMP-1s and Valvestate Pro 80/80s into a DI. His Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine signal runs straight to a miked iso box to the front of house. Another signal is sent straight to a DI for recording every night.

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.

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