2002–present Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop jumbo acoustic, unknown vintage, often with feedback inhibitor insert (“FeedBack Buster”) in soundhole. Taylor, unknown model. Fender Esquire (same as 1982) Spare Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster. Amp for acoustic is Fishman Loudbox; for electric is Fender Twin Reverb 2x12 combo.more
> With the National, he uses a ’71 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (“The mini humbuckers on that guitar provide the perfect tone for switching between fingerstyle and lead playing”), a Fender Twin Reverb, a Pro Co Rat, a Klon Centaur, a DigiTech Whammy, a Boss DD-5 Digital Delay, a Boss FV-50H Volume Pedal, and a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler.more
“At home I use a 1966 Twin Reverb, I wish I had one over in England. But for this tour I’m using the reissue… it gives a little more top-end to my sound, so I’ll try to use more of it for my solos. It’s another ingredient in the soup. A pinch of Fender, some Marshall, a bit of Hiwatt…”more
**What are using for amps these days?** I prefer a Fender Twin for the most part. I was one of the first to use a Twin; I got one in Detroit and liked the extra bite. I like a fat, warm sound, so I set the Treble lower, the Bass medium, and pump up the Middle. I sometimes use a Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus as a substitute. When I don’t have to play loud, I might use an old Polytone or Heritage Kenny Burrell amp. I am also checking out the new Fender George Benson 1×12 for smaller gigs.more
Ben claims to have played through and owned many handfuls of amps, but his pride and joy is still the first one he got in fourth grade—the Fender Twin Reverb. He got this particular model as a Christmas gift because his dad is a huge Grateful Dead fan and knew that Jerry Garcia played the same combo. He claims he didn’t get the volume know much past 4 before he was in high school.more
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