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 this photo on James Bay's Instagram, he is seen holding a Gibson Les Paul ... more
In this photo on James Bay's Instagram, he is seen holding a Gibson Les Paul Special Double-Cut Electric Guitar.
In the second photo in this post on James Bay's Instagram, he is seen holding... more
In the second photo in this post on James Bay's Instagram, he is seen holding a Gibson SG Special Electric Guitar with P90 pickups.
James is pictured in the music video for song 'Pink Lemonade' playing a White... more
James is pictured in the music video for song 'Pink Lemonade' playing a White Signature model from Frank Brother's Guitars, though he usually plays a black model on stage.
At BBC Biggest Weekend festival in 2018 James opened his set using an Epiphon... more
At BBC Biggest Weekend festival in 2018 James opened his set using an Epiphone Coronet for the song 'Wasted on Each Other' and is pictured on his official instagram holding the guitar before going on stage. He also says in an interview with Epiphone prior to the 2nd album release: "There are a few Epiphone solid body guitars, like the Coronet, that I'd love to spend some time with."
The video shows the moment where James gets his signature guitar more
The video shows the moment where James gets his signature guitar
It looks like he plays an F-1512E more
It looks like he plays an F-1512E
You can see him using it on Instagram It has an Bigsby and a Humbucker more
You can see him using it on Instagram It has an Bigsby and a Humbucker
In this screenshot of a James Bay Instagram story, he can be seen playing a F... more
In this screenshot of a James Bay Instagram story, he can be seen playing a Fender Custom Shop Bob Bain "Son of the Gunn" Telecaster in Butterscotch Blonde. In the caption he says:
for the geeks: ... Fender @paul_weller_fender custom Bob Bain Tele
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."