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Keith Richards is a man's man. He's best known for playing guitar in the band The Rolling Stones (ever heard of them?) and even cooler, for being a pirate (see the movie Pirates of the Caribbean 3). Keith has a gigantic collection of guitars and gear - actually over 1000 guitars. We will focus on some of his main axes and guitar equipment. Without further adue, let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Keith Richards Guitar Rig.

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Fun fact: In Guitar World Keith Richards joked that no matter what make of guitar, he can make them sound the same.


Guitars

- Fender '52 Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde (this is like Keith's main axe)

Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar - Butterscotch Blonde

Notes: Micawber is the name of Keith's butterscotch Fender Telecaster. It's an early 50's (probably a '52) butterscotch blonde color model with a black pickguard & a stock 3 way switch. Removed 6th string, open G (G,D,G,B,D) tuning. Gauges .011,.015,.018,.030,.042. It has replacement tuners and brass bridge and nut is altered for 5 strings. Gibson PAF humbucker in neck position, original Tele pickup in bridge. Used on tracks including "Before They Make Me Run", "Brown Sugar", "Mixed Emotions", and "Honky Tonk Women".

- Natural finish 50's Fender Telecaster

Fender 2012 American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard Natural Maple

Notes: Keith's second Tele is also from the 1950's. It has a black pickguard, five strings, natural finish. Similar specs/mods to Micawber. Shubb Capo at 4th fret. Tuned in B: B, F#,B, D#,F#. Used live for Tumbling Dice, Happy, Jumping jack Flash.

- Fender Telelcaster sunburst

Fender 2012 American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard - Sunburst

Notes: This guitar is also a 5 string. Sunburst color, with a maple neck, & low frets. PAF's cover is removed.  Capoed at first fret. Used live for You Can't Always Get What You Want.


- Music Man Silhouette guitar

Ernie Ball Music Man Silhouette Non-Tremolo Electric Guitar

Notes: Keith Richard's uses the Music Man guitars for standard tuning songs and has one in black and one in white one. Both are non-tremolo with through-body stringing, the white one has Schaller pickups, the black one DiMarzios, both in humbucker/single coil arrangement. Used in past live on songs like Bitch, Sad Sad Sad, Sympathy, Satisfaction, and more.

- Fender Stratocaster (57 strat pic below)

Fender Custom Shop 1957 Stratocaster Relic Electric Guitar - Red

Notes: Keith's main Strat is a '58 known as the Mary Kay. Previously owned by Ron Wood. It has an all maple neck & fingerboard with a one piece ash body, see through blond finish & all gold hardware. Stock pickups, 5-way selector.

- Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar

Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar - Black

- Gibson ES-355 Guitar

DISCONTIUED - FIX- Gibson Custom VOS ES-355 Electric Guitar with Bigsby Antique Ebony

- Gibson Les Paul Custom (he used these a lot in the 60's and 70's)

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

- Gibson Les Paul TV

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Special Single Cutaway VOS Electric Guitar

- variety of Gibson acoustic guitars

Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic/Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Standard

Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1958 Les Paul Plaintop Reissue Vos Electric Guitar Iced Tea

- Ampeg Dan Armstrong

- Tom Anderson Trans Black, Cobra

- 1949 Martin D-18 and 1954 Martin D-18

Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

And many many more guitars!

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Keith Richards Guitar Gear continued...

 

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Amplifiers

- Fender Twin amplifier (twin reverb pic below)

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

Notes: His amp is a 1957 model originally tweed, but recovered in early 60's style brown Tolex. It has 4 6L6 tubes.

- Marshall head

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Fender Bassman 4x10

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

- Mesa Boogie 4x 12" cabinets

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

- Mesa Boogie Mark I amp (on album Some Girls)

- Oahu amplifiers


-Fun fact: Keith Richards almost always plays through two amps at once.

 

 

Strings and Effects
- Ernie Ball regular Slinkys .010 gauge

Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings

- Zinky Master Blaster clean boost pedal

- Ibanez UE-400 multi-effects

- Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

DISCONTINUED - Fulltone TTE Delay Effect Tube Tape Echo

- MXR  Phase 100

MXR M-107 Phase 100 Effects Pedal

- MXR Phase 90 "Script" version

MXR CSP-101CL Custom Shop Script Phase 90 with LED Phaser Pedal

 - MXR Analog Delay

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