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When I’ve built a guitar it’s been because I’ve acquired a neck. I came across a Fender Strat neck in Goldie & Libro’s window in the 80′s, two Genuine Replacement Fender necks a couple of years ago. Recently I contacted Philip Kubicki about a neck. He doesn’t make them any more, presently concentrating on bases (see previous articles) but he did have 8 left from the 80′s, one he would sell me. I wanted a maple neck, pretty flat with bass frets, beggars can’t be choosers. What Mr. Kubicki had was a mohgany neck with a rose wood fret board and a 15 inch radius.
So I wrote a check and sent it out in the mail and waited for my neck, this was the way we use to purchase things 20 years ago. That anticipation of recieving the neck the angst of losing the check in the mail. When the neck arrived I was happy as could be. I now was presented with some other issues. The nut has to be laid out and slotted. I also had to drill pilot holes for neck mounting and the tuners. The tuners I purchased on eBay from Guitar Fetish mater of fact most of the hardware is from them.

The body was given a lot of thought. I looked at bodies from different suppliers but I always came back to Warmoth (, I was going with a nice mohagny body in clear coat, chambered(hollow) but then a hardtail (non tremolo, no wiggle stick) in fiesta red came up and thats what I bought. The photo is actually of a different body. So now I’m waiting on delivery of hardware and the body.

This vid goes into why certain woods are used in the neck.

best acoustic guitar

i’ve also been checking out some acoustics lately.Time has come to invest in some new hardware. I managed to find a list of awesome guitars from Guitar Internet

Useful to anyone who is out to find a new axe and isn’t sure what direction to go.
There’s a few top acoustic guitars over there i have already checked out such as the martins.

Martins are classic. You can’t go wrong with them

Sexy Abs Workout 7 Great Exercises

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These guys are a definite go-to for me because they target the love handle area so well.

Although there are many variations of this exercise, I like to lie on my back, cross my left foot over my right knee, and put my hands behind my head. Keeping my lower back pressed into the floor, I lift my shoulder blades off the floor and then curl my upper body diagonally towards my left knee.

The key is to contract your abs and obliques as hard as you can at the top of the movement. Be sure to alternate which leg you elevate so you work both sides of your body equally.



I really enjoy this exercise because it works every area of the abs. When bicycle crunches are a consistent staple in my ab routine, I see definite improvements in my ab strength. It’s a grueling exercise but worth the pain because it builds ab strength and endurance.

To do a bicycle crunch, lie on the floor with your hips bent about 90 degrees and your hands behind your head. Raise your shoulders off the floor and bring your right knee towards your left elbow and extend your left leg out 45 degrees. Continue to alternate by bringing together your opposite knees and elbows.

Keep your shoulders off the floor to maintain tension on your abs and work them much harder. Shoot for a high number of reps—work through the burn that will undoubtedly come!

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The V-up is a tremendous movement because your upper and lower abs will get an intense workout. V-ups will definitely push your abs to the limit and leave you feeling really sore the next day. In order to avoid a back injury, though, proper form is essential.

To start, lie on your back and extend your arms straight over your head as if you were diving into a pool. Use your abs to bring your upper and lower body together, forming a “V” shape with your body.

It’s not absolutely necessary to touch your toes with your hands during each rep unless you can do so without bending your arms. Exhale as you lower your upper body and legs back to the ground. Do these slowly and with precision. Fast, jerky movements won’t benefit your abs or your lower back.


These little guys are awesome for that tough lower-ab area. It’s a fairly simple move, but it’s often forgotten among fancy machines.

Lie on your back and bring your knees up so they’re bent at 90 degrees. Contract the abs and curl your hips off of the floor to bring your knees toward your shoulders. Don’t make the mistake of curling all the way up until your weight is on your neck. You don’t have to bring your thighs very far up before you’ll feel a huge contraction in your lower abs.

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This is another good lower abdominal exercise. As you do them, you’ll feel your abs burning—don’t quit! To see big changes in your abs, you need to work through a little pain.

To execute leg lifts properly, lie on the floor with both legs extended and place your hands next to your buttocks with your palms facing down.

Lift both legs off the floor gradually till they are perpendicular to the floor. Hold this position for a second and then slowly lower the legs until they are about 6-8 inches off the floor. Hover the legs in this position for a couple of seconds and then repeat the process. To make this move harder, try keeping your hands behind your head.



The criss-cross is a fun movement, top protein powder, but it’s definitely tough. As you do these little ab burners, keep your lower back on the floor.

Lie on your back and place your hands under your glutes with your palms on the floor. Keeping your legs straight, hold your feet a few inches off the floor. Cross your feet over and under for as long as you can, and then try to beat your time each set.


This move is a great finisher for any ab workout. Flutter kicks are best used when the abs are already fatigued so you can polish them off in fine fashion.

Lie on your back and place your hands under your glutes with your palms down. Next, raise both legs approximately 20 inches off the floor. Contract your abs and then kick your legs as if you’re swimming in water. Kick for your life! When you can’t kick any more, you’re ready to go home.


5 facts about masturbation

Even if you have years of hands on (pun intended) experience with masturbation, there may be a few things you don’t know. When performed correctly, masturbation can be an effective means of stamina training, allowing you to better understand your body cues leading to orgasm. Additionally, it can help desensitize those with premature ejaculation challenges, to sexual stimulation. Read on to learn five interesting facts you probably didn’t know, about one of the world’s most popular solo past times.

  1. Not Totally Safe Sex – Although no one ever caught an STD from enjoying a little ‘alone time,’ there are risks associated with masturbation. Skin irritation is one of the most common problems, especially when masturbation is frequent or rough. Irritation can also occur if you use soap as a lubricant, or a lubricant that’s scented. Issues can also arise from bending the penis during masturbation. This can even result in a ‘broken penis,’ a serious condition where a penis chamber actually ruptures.
  1. There is No Normal – There isn’t a ‘normal’ amount of masturbation. If your masturbation habits don’t negatively affect other areas of your life, then chances are you’re not masturbating too much. However, if your masturbation is negatively your sex life with your partner or detracting from your professional or personal life in any way, then you may want to seek the advice of a mental health professional, to help regain balance in your life.

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  1. Stress Relief – Orgasm from masturbation can be a great stress relief method. As with an orgasm had by regular intercourse, endorphins are released. These feel good hormones make your body feel relaxed, relieving stress and tension.
  1. Not a Sign of an Unhealthy Relationship – Despite belief to the contrary, a man masturbation is not a reflection on the health of his relationship. The reality is — most men masturbate. They not only masturbate when they’re single, they masturbate when they’re in a good relationship or a bad relationship. Sometimes, masturbation has absolutely nothing to do with the relationship at all.
  1. More Health Benefits in Sex than Masturbation – Although masturbation does relieve stress, it doesn’t have the same health benefits of actual intercourse. An orgasm from intercourse helps reduce blood pressure and offers other benefits for the heart and the prostate. An orgasm from masturbation, however, does not.


Les Paul – Legend

A nice new les paul with a floyd, I knew they had plans when they did that crazy neil schon signature.

The Les Paul Axcess Standard from Gibson Custom carries all the elegant styling, fluid body lines and rocking attitude of a classic Les Paul Standard from the golden era of the late 1950s. Upon closer examination, however, you’ll find many substantial modifications made in the name of maximum playability and versatility.

As Gibson Custom Operations Manager Michael McGuire puts it, “Everything about this Les Paul has been designed to make it a player’s ‘player’s guitar.’ From the easy access to its upper range to the comfortable belly scarf to the Floyd Rose vibrato, this instrument was made to give you optimum performance.”

Distinctive Floyd Rose Vibrato
The most noticeable addition is the Floyd Rose tailpiece, a unit optimized for anything from subtle vibrato wobbles to dramatic, rumbling divebombs. Adding a Floyd Rose to a Les Paul in the past was always a major undertaking, and one that could seriously damage the stability of the instrument if not done right. On the Les Paul Axcess the vibrato is installed right at Gibson Custom as part of the manufacturing process, which means this potent piece of high-performance hardware interacts seamlessly with the design of the guitar. Partnered with an R4 locking nut, it also guarantees outstanding tuning stability and return-to-pitch accuracy.

Contoured Neck for Upper Fret Access
Take the instrument in hand and run your fingers up the neck and you’ll encounter the clever structural alteration that gives this new model its name: While the Axcess sports what looks from the front to be a traditional Les Paul neck joint, the neck heel and portions of the back and neck joint at the upper cutaway have been contoured to provide a “heelless” feel, and an unimpeded reach right up to the 22nd fret. No more stretching against the traditional neck heel to achieve the upper-fret access that your lead style demands — the Axcess gives you that legendary Les Paul playability all the way up the neck, welcoming you to take it right over the top.

Comfortable Ribcage Contour
To further enhance playing comfort, this smoothly carved neck joint is combined with a “belly scarf” (aka ribcage contour) that allows the body of the guitar to hug closely to your own body in the playing position without digging in.

Refreshingly Light Body Style
The Les Paul Axcess’s slightly thinner body, made from weight-relieved mahogany (with carved maple top), gives you an instrument that is refreshingly light and a pure joy to play, either strapped on or in a seated position.

Optimum Tone Setup
The Les Paul Axcess Standard is also geared toward optimum tone, as you’d expect from any Gibson Custom creation. Exposed-coil BurstBucker 1 and BurstBucker 2 pickups in the neck and bridge positions — the most accurate reproduction vintage-PAF-style humbuckers Gibson has ever offered — yield everything from warm, fluid vocal tones to fat, sweet growl, while an added push/pull switch on the treble Tone knob provides coil splitting for accurate single-coil tones. These unique tonal combinations excel at delivering everything from singing classic rock lead tones to contemporary crunch to extremes of twang and jangle. Even the pure-nickel wound .10-.46 Gibson Vintage Strings it ships with contribute toward its rich, textured voice.

Gibson’s Perfect Setup™
The Les Paul Axcess is built to the highest standards attainable in today’s market, which includes a final set-up and fret dressing by the revolutionary, computer-controlled PLEK System, which provides Gibson’s Perfect Setup™.

Hardshell Case and Certificate of Authenticity
Each instrument also comes with a Gibson Custom hardshell case and certificate of authenticity. Top that off with optimum playability, maximum access and unparalleled tone and the Les Paul Axcess Standard is probably all the guitar that most players will ever need.

Additional Specifications and Appointments
• One-piece mahogany neck with fast, rounded profile
• 24 3/4″ scale length with 1 11/16″ nut width
• 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
• Kluson tuners
• Single-ply cream binding on body top
• Pearloid trapezoid fingerboard inlays
• Carved maple top with nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Iced Tea Burst or Gun Metal Gray

A closer look at the Les Paul Axcess Standard from Gibson Custom!

Eric Johnson 2009

Well if you’ve never heard of Eric Johnson, he’s one of the best. (I really need to spend more time at this). Eric Johnson is a guitarist from Texas that came to my attention in the mid ninties. Johnson was one of the players I read about in the magazines and was an acclaimed technician i.e. he new his music, chord scales, equipment etc. His early releases are amazing a very jazzy and dynamic feel. In hind sight he was one of the Texas guitar players mined by recording A&R people. He’s still a great player still putting out amazing music.

Revitalize your speakers

Tone Tips: The Good Doctor’s Dry Speaker Tip
Dave Hunter | 02.25.2009
This time out of the box, Gibson Tone Tips is going to live up to its name very precisely by giving you a simple and direct tip that can instantly improve your tone, in certain circumstances. And in doing so, I’m going to lean on the expertise of one Mike Zaite, the man behind respected boutique amp company Dr Z. While talking with Zaite some time ago he passed this great little fixer-upper tip along to me, and it’s too good not to share.

In short, this is one fantastic way to perk up the sound of your amp by “reconditioning” its speakers — or you could say “reacclimatizing” them — without doing a thing to them other than giving them a short vacation from the dampness, moisture, and humidity of your current environment. Let’s let Mike continue in his own words:

“Speaker cones are weighted and measured in grams. It doesn’t take a whole lot of weight difference to really throw a cone off from sounding the way it should sound. Now, when you store an amp, the worst thing you can do is put it in a damp basement or in a situation where it’s going to be able to wick up moisture. It’s amazing how a speaker can do that, and now all of a sudden you have a dull, dud-sounding speaker, because it doesn’t take much water to throw it off. It’s amazing how just a few drops of water can really change the response and characteristic of a speaker.

“So what I do when I store speakers is [I] get the little silica bags that come with electronics components, throw one of those in the box, close it up, put that speaker away for a little while to let that silica soak up all the moisture of that cone. And you’ll be amazed how wonderful that speaker sounds after the moisture’s been taken out. It’s nice and dry and reedy sounding, and now you’ve got a cone that responds the way it was supposed to, with this earthy tone to it that’s just unbelievable. People use hot guns, they do this, they do that, and boy, you just never really get them right. But just put a couple of those little silica bags in and just leave it be, and it’s such a natural way of wicking the water out and drying the cone out nicely, without overheating the surround.”

The good Doctor adds that this isn’t just a good way to store speakers you aren’t using, but is also a great fix for a dull sounding amp, especially one that you know has been stored in potentially moist conditions, or one you have just acquired. Carefully remove the speakers, and box them up with some silica bags for a week or so as per his instructions, and chances are the newly dried out speakers will bring the whole amp to life. Try it out on your own amp(s), and see what kind of difference it makes.

Beware Of Counterfeits

I posted an article about counterfeit guitars a while back and how Chinese factories will make whatever guitar you’d like. This is from Gibson 2 years ago, it’s still pertinent especially now when a lot of used guitars are popping up on ebay. – X Oh yeah I’ve asked Fender for a comment or a statement on policy and have yet to receive anything.

Gibson Leads Industry Fight Against Counterfeit Gibsons

Ellen Mallernee 06.06.2007
Last year, 15-year-old Jonathan Jakubowski of Cary, North Carolina emptied out his savings account to purchase a Les Paul he found advertised in the local newspaper.

Of his decision to buy a Gibson, Jakubowski explains, “Eric Clapton is my main influence, and he played Les Pauls for a long time.”

Intending to purchase the advertised Les Paul Standard, Jonathan and his father visited the seller at his house, where they were persuaded instead to purchase a Wine Red Les Paul Custom, which the man said he’d bought off a traveling musician. Jonathan paid the man $1,000 for the guitar, but once he got it home, he could tell that something wasn’t right.

“I’d only played Les Pauls in the guitar shops, but something tipped me off, and I ended up going on the Internet to see what some typical signs are for a fake guitar,” Jakubowski says. “The first thing that struck me was that there were three screws in the truss rod cover instead of two.”

The staff at a local guitar shop confirmed Jakubowski’s suspicions—the guitar was a counterfeit. The high school sophomore alerted police, and following an investigation, the North Carolina man who’d acquired the guitar from a Chinese website and resold it to Jakubowski was arrested on two felony counts of criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.

This is but one of several reports that have prompted Gibson to lead an aggressive industry fight against the growing problem of counterfeit instruments being shipped from and sold by outlets and individuals in China.

“Protecting our consumers’ investments and the Gibson name is paramount,” says Ric Olsen, Director of Security and Loss Prevention at Gibson. “The ultimate goal here is that we want people to be happy Gibson customers. We’re trying to protect their investments by thwarting the counterfeit problem.”

The majority of the Gibson counterfeits appear to originate on e-commerce sites based out of major cities in China such as Beijing and Shanghai, though Olsen says, “That’s not to say we don’t have domestic problems, too. People will try to make up their own version of a Les Paul and start selling it, but the major battle is this China crisis.”

Other sources for counterfeit instruments are auction websites like eBay, which currently have hundreds of instruments resembling not just Gibson guitars, but also other brands. Some even feature trademarked headstocks and logos, but upon close inspection the guitars don’t feel or sound like a true Gibson, the serial numbers aren’t registered with Gibson, and most are not of good standard of quality overall.

Pricing can also be one of the easiest giveaways for a phony guitar. If a guitar is up for an online auction at a fraction of what it would typically cost, consumers are taking a great chance by purchasing it. Consumers should also be wary of sales that offer exorbitant shipping prices that exceed the price of the guitar.

Still, Olsen cautions that it can be difficult for a non-professional to distinguish between fake and real.

“There were victims who really had no idea what they were getting was fake,” Olsen says. “Until you actually plug the piece in or take the truss rod cover off and notice that there’s Teflon in there rather than the metal nut, it can be hard to tell to many consumers.”

With so many variables to take into account—the weight and finish of a guitar, the tone and playability, electronics and hardware, among other things, Gibson urges consumers to leave the detective work to its Customer Service department.

Though some guitars are especially deceptive, Gibson’s Customer Service Manager Jason Davidson says, “Usually we can spot a fake right away. They’re absolute garbage. They play terribly, they feel terrible. They are only made to look like a Gibson, and they do a poor job of that.”

To curtail the growing problem, Gibson advises all consumers to purchase Gibson instruments only from Gibson’s network of authorized dealers, found on the company’s website at

Consumers are also encouraged to contact Gibson’s Customer Service team, whether the guitar in question is new or used. “We have professionals that know these pieces inside and out,” Olsen says. “They know if a knob was the wrong year. They’ll know that a wire that was used was incorrect.” Consumers may even send Gibson Customer Service pictures of a guitar that they have questions about—full front and back photos and close-up shots of the front and back of the headstock are best.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to protect our consumers and the integrity of our family of brands,” says Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We hope that by issuing this warning our consumers will be armed with the right information to protect themselves and understand what they need to do to ensure that what they are purchasing is indeed an authentic Gibson instrument.”

To report incidents, consumers should file a police report, and may also visit

For questions about a guitar’s authenticity, contact the Gibson Customer Service team at or 1-800-4GIBSON.

How to Spot a Fake Gibson
To ensure the authenticity of a Gibson, consumers can check any of the references below when examining a guitar:

Measure the guitar to check that it’s not undersized. Correct measurements can be found on
Examine headstock and headstock logo to determine that they match those of authentic Gibson guitars.
Check to see that all pearl is inlaid.
Check that Les Paul model script is always in cursive.
Verify that there’s not a three-screw truss rod cover.
Check the control and pickup cavities for sloppy routing or wiring.
Make sure the pickup cavity is not painted black inside.
Always ask for the Gibson Owner’s Manual and Gibson Warranty Inspection card.
Check the wiring. If it’s plastic it isn’t a true Gibson.
When all else fails, contact Gibson Customer Service at

Happy New Year!

I’ve been reflecting back, as you do, during these quiet, still days between Christmas Day and New Years Eve… there’s a frost on the ground which instantly transforms this breathtaking countryside into something verging on magical and that transformation inspires my thoughts as we look forward into another year.

I wake up on days like these with a fresh blank sheet of paper (on my laptop obviously..!) ready for ideas to flow and I feel the energy rise and I cannot stop. Here’s the News – And this is what I know…..

We will raise our game ..write better… find new ways to get the ideas across in the middle of the greatest revolution that ideas and creativity has ever known. Give it away and still make a living when the rules change daily? Yes it’s a struggle but was there a more exciting time for Rock and Roll?

We need to play more shows. Everywhere. Meet more people, create a Community. Have better art. Find places for that art…. on T-shirts and beyond T-shirts. Have more films with this music as their soundtrack. Embrace Youtube, everyTube. Understand that it’s the ideas that count, not the production values. Film it on iSight, Camcorder or Flip Mino – in HD or Phone Cam. Make the moment of creativity the show, the gig…. Make the studio a show. Make our own show. Film what we’re thinking… have an opinion and say it for real, regardless of how it plays to a wider audience, make it for real, sharing the experience, and have a laugh – that’s a show. Then take that show on the road. I want to be part of that show.

Jump on that digital freedom train because boy, has it left the station, and if you ain’t on board yet start running – because it’s gonna take even more creative ideas and fresh innovative thinking to stay ahead because there’s no easy ride ahead for any artist – if you care about what you do. But, what an exhilarating journey – this is the time that, for the first time, we truly hold our destiny in our own hands……how incredible is THAT!!!!

Oh, and I’ve said it before, but we need to do it our way. Never compromise. Make sure Art triumphs over Business. Never, never dance for the man (and it’s oh so easy because as we all know, he plays SUCH a seductive tune sometimes doesn’t he)…… And I still need to find the time to learn to play the guitar solo from “Goin’ Home”.


Can’t tell you how much it means that we’ve seen more people walk through the door at our recent shows than ever before.. and above all I’ve seen something in the faces of those people and the people I’ve talked to after the shows here in London and in Paris last week. It’s a feeling that we have something special.. a special secret something – that this band of ours is a secret bursting to get out.. a Bubble about to burst. That’s you out there. And it’s growing.

It is up to us. It’s not about who we were – it’s about who we could be.

This could be our year. Come with us!

John Mayer… The best, right now?

John Mayer seems to be on his game of late, heir apparent to guitar god status.

Mayer is rumoured to monitor web chaff and respond on his site The following is a gear list from a simple web search.. – X
“Since the great crash, I haven’t had a chance to update. So here we are. This isn’t the newest information (which I don’t have. Maybe I’ll find out by the time the trio tour starts), but this at least gets us back to the last known gear list.

Also, here are two sites that have better pics of John’s gear.

Scotty’s Gear Page

Current Setup:


Martin OM-28JM John Mayer Signature – (x3, numbers 4, 48, and 83)

Martin D-41 (x2)

Martin J-40

Avalon U5 Direct Box


Fender John Mayer Signature Stratocaster
- Sunburst Prototype (JM0001)
- Shoreline Gold w/Red Racing Stripe Prototype (Custom Shop)
- Charcoal Frost Metallic w/Grey Racing Stripe Prototype (Dennis Galuszka Masterbuilt)

Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Strat

C.W. Fleming Masterbuilt Fender Strat/Tele hybrid

Fender Crashocaster – Painted by CRASH (Maple Neck)

Fender Masterbuilt (John Mayer, Mike Eldred, John Cruz) Reliced Stratocaster (Black and white)


Two Rock Custom Reverb (2x 50w head, 2x 100w head, 1 50w Custom Reverb Signature Head)

Fender Vibro-King (w/Cowboy Leather)


Custom Audio Electronics RS-10 Midi Foot Controller with Expander Module

Roger Linn Adrenalinn I – BTMB Effect Box

Korg G4 – Leslie Rotary Speaker Simulator

Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner – Tuner

Boss DD-5 Digital Delay – Delay Pedal

Fulltone Full-Drive – Overdrive/Boost Pedal

Vintage Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer – Overdrive/Boost Pedal

Robert Keeley Effects
- Ibanez TS-808 Reissue w/True Bypass
- Ibanez TS-9
- Boss BD-2
- Keeley Compressor

Line6 DL4 – Delay Modeler

Ernie Ball Jr. Volume Pedal

Teese Real McCoy Wah


D’Addario EXP16 (acoustic)

D’Addario XL115 (electric)


Neumann KMS 105

Avalon V737SP


Dunlop Tortex Picks

Fender Guitar Strap

Kyser Quick Change Capo

Ultimate Genesis 100 – Guitar Stand

Older Gear:


Martin OM-28V

Martin HD-35

Martin DM3MD

Martin 000-28EC

Martin OM-42


Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan #1 Replica Stratocaster (1 of 100 made)

Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Pop Festival Custom Shop Replica Strat

Fender 1956 Closet Classic Maple Strat (Black, given to David Ryan Harris)

Fender 1962 Custom Shop Hardtail Rosewood Strat (Lake Placid Blue, given to Buddy Guy)

Fender 1960s Custom Shop Burgundy Mist

Fender Buddy Guy Polka Dot Strat

Crook Custom Guitars Brad Paisley Model Stratocaster (Black and White)

Novax Expression

Fender 1959 Rosewood Strat

Novax XR

Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody – Gold

Gibson Flying V with Fender headstock/neck

Tokai Strat Copy

Rick Turner Model 1

Vinetto Telecaster Replicas – Blue w/Tortoise pickguard, Sunburst w/White pickguard

Benedetto Benny


Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Settings: Treble 6, Bass 9, Mid 4, Reverb 5, Presence 6
Bright setting off

Fender Blues Jr.

Victoria 45-410 Bassman Clone

Victoria Reverberato Head

Fender Super Reverb Blackface Reissue

Dumble Overdrive Special (x2, both stay at home)

SMF 15 – Watter


Dunlop Crybaby Wah

Fulltone Super-Trem – Tremolo Pedal

Electro Harmonix Memory Man – Delay Pedal

Moogerfooger MF-104 Analog Delay – Delay Pedal

T-Rex CompNova – Compression Pedal

Hughes & Kettner Rotosphere – Leslie Rotary Speaker Simulator

Marshall BB-2 Bluesbreaker – Overdrive

Menatone Ms. Foxy Brown – Overdrive

Crybaby Q-Zone – Stationary Wah

Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive – Overdrive

Ibanez TS9DX Tubescreamer – Overdrive


Ernie Ball Power Slinky (electric)


Shure SM86

Shure Beta 87C

Shure Beta 87A

Shure Beta 58A”I’m Ashton Kutcher and I LOVE Justin Timberlake! Why am I so KICK-ASS?!?!”


Hey, It’s that dude again, Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall II
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Doyle Bramhall II

( Yeah, I was surfing youtube and this left hand guitar player kept popping up)-X
Background information
Born December 24, 1968 (1968-12-24) (age 39)
Genre(s) Blues
Years active 1984 – Present
Associated acts Smokestack
Jimmie Vaughan
Arc Angels
Eric Clapton
Roger Waters
Doyle Bramhall II (born 24 December 1968) is a guitarist and vocalist in his band Smokestack and is also the second guitarist in Eric Clapton’s band.

[edit] Biography
Doyle Bramhall II is a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. He was born in Dallas, Texas and is the son of singer, songwriter and drummer Doyle Bramhall, who had grown up as a close friend of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan. At age 16, Doyle Bramhall II toured with Jimmie Vaughan’s band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as second guitarist. Some of Doyle’s influences include, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Donny Hathaway, Freddie King, Albert King, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sly & the Family Stone, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Curtis Mayfield.

In 1992 Doyle formed Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton (also known as Double Trouble). Doyle and Sexton were only able to work together for one album but it was well received, with several songs receiving heavy rock radio airplay. They went their own ways after the album but have gotten back together and have been playing shows as Arc Angels again in 2006 and 2007.

Doyle released his self-titled debut album on the Geffen label in 1996 with backing support from Wendy and Lisa (Bramhall is married to Wendy’s sister, vocalist Susannah Melvoin). In later interviews, he stated his intent with that album to establish himself as more than just a guitar player.

He was later signed to RCA, and released his second album Jellycream in 1999. He appeared on Austin City Limits in an episode shared with Robert Cray that fall. The Jellycream album found its way into the hands of Eric Clapton, who took an interest in his music and attempted to learn “Marry You” and “I Wanna Be” for their inclusion in a collaborative album he was working on with B.B. King, released in 2000 as Riding With The King.[citation needed] Doyle also formed a new band, “Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack,” and recorded a new album produced by Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame. Released in 2001, Welcome marked a renewed focus on guitar.

Doyle’s recording relationship with Clapton continued to flourish, and he co-wrote “Superman Inside” for and played guitar on Eric’s 2001 solo album, Reptile. He and Smokestack opened for Clapton on his 2001 world tour, and Doyle occasionally joined Eric on stage. By 2004, he was Clapton’s second guitarist after Andy Fairweather-Low backed out of the tour. The 2004 tour was Clapton’s effort at channeling his hero Robert Johnson and Doyle later admitted that he had never listened to Robert Johnson until getting the gig as Clapton’s second guitarist. Doyle also appears with Eric in the 2004 CD/DVD release Sessions for Robert J.

Doyle also played guitar on the 1999-2002 In the Flesh tour (captured on the In the Flesh Live album) by former Pink Floyd leader/bassist Roger Waters.

Previous to that, Doyle also played a much lower key role backing his wife Susannah Melvoin’s (who also toured with Waters during the In the Flesh tour as a backing singer) twin sister Wendy Melvoin for her band Girl Bros., and more recently with Wendy and Lisa in the groups Pacifico and Funk Sway. Pacifico consisted of Wendy and Lisa, along with Doyle, Mike Elizondo and Abe Laboriel Jr., and several recordings from a small club tour have surfaced. Funk Sway – Erykah Badu, Wendy and Lisa ?uestlove of The Roots, and Doyle, are featured in the music documentary Before the Music Dies.

As a session guitarist, he has worked with Me’shell Ndegéocello, Sheryl Crow and Susan Tedeschi. He also toured with Eric Clapton as part of his 2006/2007 world tour along with slide guitarist Derek Trucks and he performed at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Chicago’s Toyota Park.

Of his songwriting, Doyle has said that although the blues is one of his favorite genres, he finds that most of his attempts at bluesy songwriting end up sounding “corny,” and his songs always tend to have more of a rock feel.

Doyle usually plays the Fender Stratocaster but will occasionally play some Gibson guitars, either playing on left-handed models or right-handed models upside-down. Doyle plays guitar left-handed but his guitars are strung as if to be played by a right-handed player. In other words, the low E string is at the bottom of his guitar, and the high string at the top. This fact and his unique playing style can be seen clearly in the In the Flesh: Live DVD footage.