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This article series is about the tools of popular guitarists. What are their favorite guitars and how is it related to them? This time with Danny Bryant.
When did first start playing guitar, and do you remember your first guitar?
I started playing guitar when I was around fifteen years of age. My Mum bought me my first guitar, it was a black Encore Stratocaster copy.
What are your influences and which guitar players are your favs
Wow, it’s a long list! But here are a few: BB King, Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton.
How many guitars do you own, and what are your favourite models?
I own around 30 guitars at the moment. I love Custom Shop strats. I have a Custom Shop late 1959 limited edition and a 1961. Other favourites in my collection include a Gibson BB King Lucille, A Gold Top Les Paul, an Anniversary Firebird and an old 1974 Stratocaster.
What do you think makes the perfect guitar and amp? How do feel about the question of modeller or tube amp?
For me I use no effects pedals so if I am playing my normal set I just need a Strat plugged into a Blackstar combo, I manipulate the gain etc using the guitar’s tone and volume controls. On the question of Modellers vs Tube, I am old school and would pick a tube amp any day of the week.
Which guitars and amps were used on the new album?
The main guitars were the Gold Top Les Paul, the Custom Shop Strat and a Telecaster for some of the rhythm parts. Amp- wise it was mainly the Blackstar and occasionally a Fender Blackface Twin.
When you can only choose one guitar, which one will you take?
For me I fly to a lot of shows and in terms of travel I find Stratocasters the most reliable! So I will go with the Custom Shop ‘ 61.
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