See how a handful of Gibsons and AC30 stacks add up to a Texas-sized tone.
Ever wonder what Skynyrd would've sounded like if they were from the Lone Star state instead of the swamp? Well, that's just a taste of what childhood friends in Whiskey Myers have been serving on ice for the last decade.
The Texas-bred band has released five records since 2008. (They're currently working on their sixth.) Through those handful of albums, the country-leaning rockers refined their from-the-gut songwriting and heartfelt performances eventually earning them a No. 1 record on both Billboard's U.S. Country and Indie charts with 2019's Whiskey Myers.
During the recording process of the forthcoming album, Whiskey Myers' cofounding guitarist John Jeffers virtually welcomed PG's Perry Bean into his Texas-based tone bunker.
In this episode, the self-taught guitarist shows off his main Gibsons (including some rare finds and classic reissues), breaks down his Vox pillars, and details the smattering of stomps he kicks on for a wide-range of tones covering the rock and the roll.
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1994 Gibson Les Paul Standard
Pro players typically graduate from their first love. In John Jeffers' case, one of his main axes—the above 1994 Gibson Les Paul Standard—was the electric that started it all. It was a gift from bandmate Cody Tate's uncle. Before it became his sweet baby, the stock pickups were swapped out for a Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB (neck) and DiMarzio Super Distortion (bridge). All of double-J's guitars take Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (.011–.048).
2011 Gibson Les Paul Custom Blonde Beauty
A key backup would be this 2011 Gibson Les Paul Custom Blonde Beauty that Jeffers says is rare because only a few hundred were made. This was a gift from one of the band's longtime fans that used to help fill up their gas tank to ensure they could make it to the next gig.
No your eyes aren't deceiving you, this Gibson ES-339 looks like a 335, but is actually comparable in size to a Les Paul. Other differences from its big brother is the implementation of the Memphis Tone Circuit that reverts back to simplified '50s-style wiring where the tone control is connected to the volume control rather than the pickup. It results in a less-obvious tone-control sweep.
2004 Gibson Les Paul Junior
Now he'll play slide on anything you hand him, but Jeffers does prefer to get greasy with this 2004 Gibson Les Paul Junior because it rides well in modal-G tuning for songs like "Home" and "On the River."
1992 Gibson 1967 Reissue SG Custom
Here's something Jeffers' had been lusting over for a long time—a 1992 Gibson 1967 Reissue SG Custom. He's always wanted an original '61 Les Paul (the first year of the SG shape), but this wonderful reissue will suffice until that day comes.
Handwired Vox AC30HWHD Heads & Matching Cabinets
All those Gibsons bark and growl through a pair of handwired Vox AC30HWHD heads and matching 2x12 cabs (all loaded with Celestion Alnico Blue speakers). In a typical live setup, Jeffers will run the left stack as a rhythm tone (mic'd with a Sennheiser MK4) and right stack is for lead tone.
John Jeffers' Pedalboard
Jeffers is a man of many tones requiring only a few pedals. Currently in his arsenal is a Hermida Audio Reverb, Skreddy Pedals Echo, Menatone Red Snapper Overdrive, Union Tube & Transistor More, Analog Man Sun Face Fuzz NKT 275, and a Dunlop SW-95 Slash Signature Cry Baby wah. Managing his AC30s are a pair of Lehle Mono Volume pedals, keeping the guitars in check is a Vox VXT-1 Strobe Tuner, and powering all the pedals is a Cioks DC7.
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Fender honors the indie-legend with signature pickups and accessories.
Fender announces the J Mascis Signature Jazzmaster Pickups, an ode to one of alternative music’s most prolific shredders. Throughout Dinosaur Jr’s twelve album discography and his rich solo career, Mascis has established himself as one of guitar playing’s most tone-savvy and ferocious players.
At the heart of his genre-defining, nearly four decades-long legacy is the Fender Jazzmaster. Not only does the bold and angular design of the Jazzmaster lend itself to a player as subversive as Mascis, but there is no instrument that sounds quite like it. That is, until now.
Compared to the tones on the Fender J Mascis Signature Telecaster and the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster, Mascis notes,“The new pickups have a sweeter more vintage sound,” and as his hopes for what people might feel when they test out the new pickups, J Mascis adds, “I hope they feel like playing their guitar, ideally they could make a song that could be my new favorite record!”
Key Features Include:
- Neck Pickup: 7.27K and Bridge Pickup: 7.31K DC Resistance
- Neck Pickup: 3.6 Henries, Bridge Pickup: 3.7 Henries Inductance
- Enamel-coated magnet wire delivers warm vintage-style tones
- Alnico 2 rod magnets for warm, sweet output
- Flush-mount pole pieces produce even string response
- Installation hardware include
Exploring the J Mascis Signature Jazzmaster Pickup Set | Artist Signature Series | Fender
The pickups are being released as part of a larger collection of signature J Mascis Accessories which include J Mascis Magenta Flower Strap, J Mascis Yellow Burst Strap, J Mascis Coiled Instrument Cable and J Mascis Dinosaur Jr. Pick Tin.
For more information, please visit fender.com.
Charvel unveils its new collab with guitarist Marco Sfogli.
Charvel unveils its new collaboration with PFM and Icefish guitarist Marco Sfogli. To pay homage to a guitarist whose sonic capabilities seem to know no bounds, Charvel has sought out to create a signature instrument as limitless as the player who inspired it. A pair of active EMG SA single-coils in the middle and neck positions effortlessly evoke classic Stratocaster bell tones, while an EMG ‘89 bridge humbucker provides a powerful bite. The signature model’s bolt-on maple neck has received a unique “caramelized” heat and drying treatment that imbues the wood with a warmth and comfort that is usually unique to expensive vintage instruments.
- Alder body with quilted maple top
- Scalloped lower back bout and cut heel
- Bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 22 jumbo frets, and Luminlay side dot inlays.
- EMG SA single-coil neck and middle pickups, EMG ‘89 humbucking bridge pickup.
- Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system
- Five-way blade pickup selector, tone control, and volume control with push/pull coil splitting capabilities for the bridge pickup.
Marco Sfogli Presents His Signature Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSS FR QM
- Signature S1-style guitar designed in collaboration with Marco Sfogli
- Classic alder body with an unmistakable California sound
- Quilt maple top for added tonal depth and a premium look
- For more information, please visit charvel.com.
A highly versatile sonic tool, the pedal can deliver a broad range of tones – everything from mild, wonderfully organic overdrive to medium-gain crunch with a richly satisfying midrange kick.
The pedal is a collaboration between Shnobel Tone and guitarist, songwriter, composer, and record producer Frank Simes. Based in Hollywood, Simes‘ long list of credits includes work with A-list artists such as Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon, RodStewart, Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, and Martha Davis from The Motels. Additionally, Simes was the musical director for The Who for many years.
Its touch sensitivity makes it a perfect choice for guitarists who rely on precise right-hand technique, and it cleans up nicely when you roll back your guitar's volume knob.
Frank Simes Overdrive features include:
- Three knobs: Volume, Gain, and Tone controls
- True bypass foot switch
- Top mounted power and in/out jacks
- Hand-built with through-hole components
- Crinkle-coated diecast aluminum enclosure, dimensions 4.7 x 3.7 Inches
- Standard 9v center negative power – no battery compartment
Frank Simes Signature Overdrive
Shnobel Tone’s Frank Simes Overdrive has a suggested retail price and MAP of $249.
For more information, please visit shnobeltone.com.