"At first, the Gibson ES-125 kind of changed my world as far as introducing m... more
"At first, the Gibson ES-125 kind of changed my world as far as introducing me to the hollowbody sound. And then from there, I had my eyeballs on Casinos for a while until I finally got one."
“I love everything about the Casino... I love its P-90 pickups, its shape, ho... more
“I love everything about the Casino... I love its P-90 pickups, its shape, how hollow and light it is, and even the way it sounds unplugged when I’m playing it around the house. I feel like it was made for me. I was into Otis Rush, Freddie King and B.B. King’s sound, with their big semihollow Gibson guitars, and I wanted one too, but when I saw and played the Casino I said this is what I need in my life. It’s a beautiful instrument.”
Gary Clark’s guitar tech, Dave Holman on the Gibson ES-125: “It’s basicall... more
Gary Clark’s guitar tech, Dave Holman on the Gibson ES-125:
“It’s basically flat wound strings so that it has that antique sound but yet with a modern pickup with a Piezo (P90) put at the bottom of it. This one’s my favorite. If I had a choice, this one is my favorite, absolutely. When he plays this he usually won’t play with the full band, he’ll just play it by himself and you just get a sense of Gary.”
In the Christmas of 1996, at age 12, Gary Clark Jr's received his first guita... more
In the Christmas of 1996, at age 12, Gary Clark Jr's received his first guitar, an Ibanez RX20 electric. "As soon as I got a hold of a guitar, my grades suffered. My parents were telling me, 'Keep your studies up,' but I felt I was getting the best education possible down in the clubs" says Clark.
"I'm playing the Dobro Hound Dog, too. I played it in London and that was rea... more
"I'm playing the Dobro Hound Dog, too. I played it in London and that was really cool."
In an [interview by Epiphone with Gary Clark Jr.](http://www.epiphone.com/New... more
In an interview by Epiphone with Gary Clark Jr., he talks about how the Black and Blu Casino became his main guitar:
"I just recently got two "Blak and Blu" Casinos which I'm so stuck on at the moment. They're all so amazing. 'Blak and Blu' with a Bigsby! They're a dream."
Also interviewed by Premier Guitar, he describes the guitar which has not changed since the Epiphone interview. He describes the combination of hollow-body and P-90 pickups gives it "round, pretty tones" especially with the neck pickup.
When asked if he was still playing the Masterbilt EF-500RCCE on stage as a ma... more
When asked if he was still playing the Masterbilt EF-500RCCE on stage as a main acoustic guitar Gary Clark Jr said, "I am actually."
"I think I got my dream guitar. It's a '67 Gibson 330. I'm way into that inst... more
"I think I got my dream guitar. It's a '67 Gibson 330. I'm way into that instrument. I got it at Rivington Guitars in New York, just shopping around. It's a fairly new purchase, so I didn't get a chance to use it on the album. I still haven't decided if I'm going to play it live. It might be one of those things I keep to myself."
-Gary Clark Jr., Music Radar
Gary's gear has also been checked by Rebecca Dirks of Tone Report. Gary uses "D'Addario 10s or 11s, depending upon the guitar, medium Dunlop picks, and Dunlop glass slides" on this guitar for the song "Numb".
Gary's tech, Dave Holman, was interviewed by Premier Guitar. He says that the ES-330 was his main guitar, but has been used with a harmonica. The guitar is described as also having a much softer sound.
Gary Clark Jr. uses a Fender Telecaster in this video. We think it's an Ameri... more
Gary Clark Jr. uses a Fender Telecaster in this video. We think it's an American Special Fender Telecaster in vintage blonde with a white pickguard.
*Fender Guitar* says in this Facebook post "Gary Clark Jr's #FenderCustomShop... more
Fender Guitar says in this Facebook post "Gary Clark Jr's #FenderCustomShop Strat!". An article from Tonereport.com confirms this and says the following:
"King Zapata complements Clark's semi-hollowbody tone with his main guitar, a refinished 1963 Fender Strat. A Strat guy ('I'm from Austin,' he says, matter-of-factly), Zapata found something special in this guitar. 'It's just one of those guitars that everything works on—took me a long time to find that. It sounds good in every pedal, not a typical Strat sound…you can hear my fingers, you can hear me'".
The video in this [article](http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/News/2012/G... more
The video in this article, displays Gary Clark JR's Epiphone. At the top of the article, it states, "NPR is featuring audio from Gary Clark Jr.'s show at the Newport Folk Festival last weekend where Gary rocked the crowd on his Ltd. Ed. 50th anniversary '61 Reissue Epiphone Casino."
There's a clear shot of Gary Clark Jr holding his Gibson SG 1961 Les Paul Tri... more
There's a clear shot of Gary Clark Jr holding his Gibson SG 1961 Les Paul Tribute, at 0:24 in this video.
Taken from an [interview by Tone Report](http://tonereport.com/blogs/rig-repo... more
Taken from an interview by Tone Report.
Gary Clark's technician, Dave Holman, was also interviewed by Premier Guitar. He says that this was an American made guitar sent to Europe as b-stock due to it not being up to Epiphone's a-stock standards. The body has a burl top that's been sun-faded due to long exposure in the sun especially around the pickguard which was removed, revealing the original colour.
Originally, this was a number one guitar for Gary, but has been replaced as a second. Gary's number one is currently a Gibson SG.
In this video of Gary Clark Jr performing his song "If Trouble was Money", on... more
In this video of Gary Clark Jr performing his song "If Trouble was Money", one can see him playing a Fender Telecaster in a Butterscotch blonde finish with a white pick guard, at 0:36.
Gary Clark Jr. uses a Fano JM6 in this video from Bonaroo 2015. It looks like... more
Gary Clark Jr. uses a Fano JM6 in this video from Bonaroo 2015. It looks like the Olympic white version. Gary's guitar is made from a mahogany neck and body A mahogany neck and has a pair of Lindy Fralin P-90s in it.
Gift from Gibson/Tour Manager more
Gift from Gibson/Tour Manager
An article from Tone Report, "Live Gear Spotlight: Gary Clark Jr", shows he u... more
An article from Tone Report, "Live Gear Spotlight: Gary Clark Jr", shows he uses a vintage 1966 Fender Jazzmaster:
The oddball of the group is a yellow vintage Jazzmaster, which is a whole new feel for Clark. He's still getting used to the guitar, and plays it occasionally on "Third Stone from the Sun" and "If You Love Me Like You Say."
Original article here.
playing it on new amp clip more
playing it on new amp clip
In this photo, Gary Clark Jr. can be seen playing live with his own signature... more
In this photo, Gary Clark Jr. can be seen playing live with his own signature Gibson SG model. The official Gibson website talks about some of the details that make his signature SG unique:
The all new Gary Clark Jr. Signature SG guitar captures the spirit of creative inspiration. Finished in an exciting, vibrant Gloss Yellow and featuring a trio of aggressive Gibson P90 pickups, this guitar embodies the organic and sonorous sounds of one of this generation's most influential guitarists, vocalists and songwriters.
The pickups are as follows:
Clark Jr started to play this model back in 2001, and continued throughout 20... more
Clark Jr started to play this model back in 2001, and continued throughout 2018 and 2019. It is also listed in his Premier Guitar interview.
Seems he is using a Martin 00-18 in this video more
Seems he is using a Martin 00-18 in this video
Clear view at 2.47 in the clip. more
Clear view at 2.47 in the clip.
In this video, Gary Clark Jr. is seen playing an Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M ... more
In this video, Gary Clark Jr. is seen playing an Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M guitar.
At the 2020 Grammys, Gary Clark Jr. performed with a Gibson Flying V configur... more
At the 2020 Grammys, Gary Clark Jr. performed with a Gibson Flying V configured with 3 P90 pickups. He also used this guitar on his Staturday Night Live performance of Pearl Cadillac.
“I was sitting in with this guitar player in Austin I knew—Alan Haynes—and he... more
“I was sitting in with this guitar player in Austin I knew—Alan Haynes—and he let me check out this Vibro-King he had just bought... Before I got off the stage I knew I needed one. Zapata had one, and he really didn’t like it, so I snagged it up from him quick. I love how it breaks up. It’s really chunky and nasty, and it has very pretty-sounding reverb, too."
As discussed in the video interview, Gary Clark Jr. uses a 1970s Fender Princ... more
As discussed in the video interview, Gary Clark Jr. uses a 1970s Fender Princeton Reverb.