In this video, James Bay talks about picking up a guitar when he first heard ... more
In this video, James Bay talks about picking up a guitar when he first heard Layla by Eric Clapton at age 11. He describes some of the characteristics of his 1966 Epiphone Century electric guitar, and why he thinks it’s a great guitar for him:
“I’ve wound up with this red Epiphone Century, it was made in 1966, so it’s an old one. And there’s a lot to be said for old guitars, everybody thinks they’re kind of great for various reasons. And new guitars are great too! But this is a really nice piece of wood. It’s just put together well, and it’s aged well and I can say all this stuff and sound like a guitar geek. But at the end of the day, I saw it and I liked the look of it, and when I started playing it, it felt good. That’s what it comes down to, does it feel good. I like the fact that this is an electric guitar, but it hasn’t got a plain G-string, it’s got a wound G-string kind of like an acoustic guitar - exactly like an acoustic guitar. I just like that it’s difficult, I get a great feeling out of that. And it makes a great sound, it’s kind of like - it’s just the right kind of jangly, just the right kind of thick. Heavy… woody… electric… I love it. It’s just… there’s something about it.”
Total Guitar interview, James Bay talk about both his 2 Epiphone Century guitars:
Epiphone Century 1966 (Cherry Red) with 1 P90 Pickup
Epiphone Century 1965 (Brown) with 2 P90 Pickups and a Bigsby vibrato https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjm4UBHrCTI
In an interview with Andertons Music Co in April 2016, James Bay says he has got the Bigsby Vibrato removed from his brown Epiphone Century 1965 https://youtu.be/3DQJSkYl5rY?t=29m52s
In this video of James Bay performing the song 'Let It Go' for Burberry Acous... more
In this video of James Bay performing the song 'Let It Go' for Burberry Acoustic, he can be seen playing an Epiphone EJ-200CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar in a Natural finish. Close-ups and details of the guitar can be seen throughout the video.
Some other videos of James Bay using an Epiphone EJ-200CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar, since the first video isn't working anymore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82MlZiPYkVc
In this Instagram photo, James Bay shows off the headstock of a Harmony Strat... more
In this Instagram photo, James Bay shows off the headstock of a Harmony Stratotone Electric Guitar, and his caption implies it's the guitar he's going to play that day: "Today's mighty axe #steelreinforcedneck" (posted April 2014)
In this Instagram, James Bay can be seen holding/hugging his new guitar, a 19... more
In this Instagram, James Bay can be seen holding/hugging his new guitar, a 1964 Gibson ES-330. He captions the photo, "I finally got it!! The guitar of my dreams! We're going to run away together.. #thanksbye"
In the comments, he replies to a couple users, confirming the year and model of this electric guitar: "'64 ES330 mmmmhmmmm x"
James Bay's first ever guitar. He captions his Instagram photo, "#Tbt to the ... more
James Bay's first ever guitar. He captions his Instagram photo, "#Tbt to the first guitar I ever bought. Hand painted when I was 14 and still hanging in my room at my parents house"
The body shape, pickups configuration, knobs, switch, and rosewood fingerboard match those of a Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar. James Bay's is of course hand painted by him.
James talks about selling his Yamaha Pacifica to buy the Epiphone Les Paul Special II https://youtu.be/3DQJSkYl5rY?t=13m31s
In this interview with James Bay, it is mentioned that Buzzfeed "invited the ... more
In this interview with James Bay, it is mentioned that Buzzfeed "invited the Hitchin-born singer (and his beautiful D'Angelico EX-59) to stop by our offices[...]". It can also be clearly seen in the photos and GIFs that accompany the interview, found here. His EX-59 looks to be a black finish with a rosewood fingerboard.
James Bay offers the following advice:
James Bay official Twitter page: https://twitter.com/JamesBayMusic/status/596321620257452033
In this Instagram video, James Bay is in the dressing room after a June 2015 ... more
In this Instagram video, James Bay is in the dressing room after a June 2015 show in Köln. He can be seen jamming on a black Danelectro DC 59M NOS electric guitar. He admits it isn't owned by him, and instead belongs to "Jack". He says:
"Came off stage in Köln last night, didn't want to stop! Post show #dressingroomjam on Jack's new axe"
James Bay holding a Gibson J-185 12 String (Natural finish) while performing ... more
James Bay holding a Gibson J-185 12 String (Natural finish) while performing a live show in Chicago. He says, "12 STRINGS in Chicago tonight."
Lately James has been using this Gibson J-185 12 String live when playing 'If You Ever Want To Be In Love'. Here from the Hurricane festival in Germany July 6th, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMSCy_1w0Mw
At 10:40 James Bay switches from his Epiphone Century to the Gibson Memphis L... more
At 10:40 James Bay switches from his Epiphone Century to the Gibson Memphis Luther Dickinson ES-335. He shows off some of his lead work, demoing how his pedals affect his lead sound.
Video timestamp when he uses the Gibson Memphis Luther Dickinson ES-335 https://youtu.be/RYiSwv5j2D0?t=10m37s
In this videoclip from Facebook, you can see James playing that guitar with t... more
In this videoclip from Facebook, you can see James playing that guitar with the annotation: "Slow, quiet day in a hotel room messing around on this beautiful new instrument. #National #Resonator ????"
In New York in the store he bought the guitar http://media.virbcdn.com/cdn_images/resize_1600x1600/51/33764d3578e1db31-JamesBay_NewYork2015_RachaelWright-1.jpg
You can see him holding gibson j-50 on this photo. You can see an interview t... more
You can see him holding gibson j-50 on this photo. You can see an interview talking about the guitar
He just buying this Fano James Bay bought his Fano Guitars Alt De Facto SP... more
He just buying this Fano
James Bay bought his Fano Guitars Alt De Facto SP6 at Chicago Music Exhange https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP6TxqbeFho
Using his Fano guitar during "Best Fake Smile" at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 2015, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA USA in August 9th 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPpJtkkjijU
This might be a photo from his earlier work, he using a strat Photos taken... more
This might be a photo from his earlier work, he using a strat
Photos taken on July 25, 2010 at the Rythms Of The World festival in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK. Playing with the James Bay Band. Photos taken by James Boardman, who was the bass player in an earlier band James played guitar in, called RoadRunner
I don't know which series is this, but surely this is a gibson sg more
I don't know which series is this, but surely this is a gibson sg
James Bay, Incredible singer songwriter from the UK playing a cover of Bruce ... more
James Bay, Incredible singer songwriter from the UK playing a cover of Bruce Springsteen "I'm on fire". In an interview with Acoustic Magazines, talking about the SJ-200 "I don't know, it's really great!" It seems that the Jumbo body guitars are apart of the iconic James Bay sound, noted by his Epiphone EJ-200 played whilst busking in Brighton until the early period of his career.
James Bay uses a red Gibson SG junior electric guitar in this video of him pe... more
James Bay uses a red Gibson SG junior electric guitar in this video of him performing "(You Know) I'm Losing You" at Brixton Academy on Sept 30, 2015 (with special guest Ronnie Wood). A good look at the guitar can be had at 1:56.
James Bay interview with Bonedo Das Musikerportal during the Hurricane festival on June 25th 2016 Interview in German translated with Google translate.
James talk about the Gibson Les Paul Junior "And for loosening I have a 1965 Les Paul Junior SG: Just two pieces of wood, neck and body, a P-90 pickup, one volume and one tone knob. I love them - so simple".
Full interview (in German) here: http://m.bonedo.de/artikel/einzelansicht/gearchat-james-bay.html
James Bay official Twitter Page: "#tb to me, @andycortes87 & Jack Duxbury st... more
James Bay official Twitter Page: "#tb to me, @andycortes87 & Jack Duxbury stopping by @collingsguitars Austin,TX. Thank you for this very tasty 290"
Total Guitar Magazine December 2015: Under the picture of the Gibson les Paul Junior it says: "James' SG-Shape Les Paul Junior comes out for 'Best Fake Smile' in the live shows. He's also been using a Collings 290 DC S for that song"
This beautiful SG is used by James Bay during the recording of his song "Best... more
This beautiful SG is used by James Bay during the recording of his song "Best fake smile".
In an interview about James Bay's album Chaos And The Calm and the gear he us... more
In an interview about James Bay's album Chaos And The Calm and the gear he uses live and in the studio, James Bay talks a bit about his amps of choice.
While recording Chaos And The Calm in the studio, he used a "late-60s 'silverface' Twin" and loved the sound he got through it, particularly with P-90 pickups. However, he laments that carrying a vintage Fender Twin around on tour is impossible, due to it "breaking every five minutes". James Bay then talks about discovering Tone King amps:
"But then I found Tone King amps, which are made by a guy called Mark Bartel in Baltimore. I now play live through a Tone King Sky King. It's so clear but warm, and it breaks up just in the right way."
"I do like break-up, but I don't like it to be too aggressive. I like to work to get it to feel aggressive. It also has a built-in [Ironman] attenuator, which is this beautiful thing that allows you the same tones when you click down to different volumes. This amp has some of the greatest sounds ever."
In this Instagram video, James Bay plays a riff through his Yamaha THR10C Cla... more
In this Instagram video, James Bay plays a riff through his Yamaha THR10C Classic Combo Modeling Combo Amp (he is using an Epiphone guitar, judging by the headstock). He says, "Plugged into my new Yamaha THR10C So many tasty tones coming out of this little beaut"
At 2:10 into this video, James Bay's Artist 20 amp head and cab can be seen. ... more
At 2:10 into this video, James Bay's Artist 20 amp head and cab can be seen.
In this Tweet, James Bay says, "Tucked away today with a delicious #Hamstead amp rehearsing for tomorrow's @BBCR1 #LiveLounge !!! X"
Hamstead replies, "Great to hear you love it - Means a lot! Have fun! ;)" to which James Bay says, "Sounds incredible!" (source).
The amp appears at 2:19 in this video, the video is from That Pedal Show, whe... more
The amp appears at 2:19 in this video, the video is from That Pedal Show, where it is explained the complete rig.
In this picture tweeted by James you can see the Boss tuner. more
In this picture tweeted by James you can see the Boss tuner.
In this picture tweeted by James you can see the MXR Carbon Copy delay pedal. more
In this picture tweeted by James you can see the MXR Carbon Copy delay pedal.
When asked about the pedals and effects James Bay uses, he replies that he do... more
When asked about the pedals and effects James Bay uses, he replies that he does not use very many. He says:
"I have been using an MXR Carbon Copy delay because I wanted a simple decent go-to delay pedal and I like the modulation button on it. There are loads of great delays, but I can only get so deep or else I'll fall into this endless cycle of options. I also use an [Electro-Harmonix] Holy Grail reverb at times, but the reverb on the Tone King really is pretty beautiful."
"I guess I take that Derek Trucks approach of 'let's just go straight into the amp', because the amp does so much. I don't even do anything with the tone knob on my guitar, and I barely do anything with the reverb. I'm just all the way up and it's about my hands. That's where volume comes from."
In this Instagram photo, James Bay says, "First ever pedal board ... Plank of... more
In this Instagram photo, James Bay says, "First ever pedal board ... Plank of wood painted black. Proud to call it mine x"
At 1:28 into this video of James Bay's pedalboard rundown, his Strymon BigSky... more
At 1:28 into this video of James Bay's pedalboard rundown, his Strymon BigSky reverb pedal can be seen. James Bay says, "The Flint covers sort of the initial... the sort of core reverb. [I'm a] massive fan of reverb. And everybody kept saying 'BigSky' 'BigSky', and eventually I went for it, I've jumped in... it lives up to its name, lives up to everything everybody says about it and after playing through it today I've already started to really sort of bring some of the sounds I really really wanted to life."
He then goes on to play his guitar, so you can hear the reverbs in action.