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Bruce Springsteen Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment

Bruce Springsteen, is one hell of a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Playing with the E Street Band, Springsteen is most widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey.

We know him as "The Boss". With a name like that he must have one hell of a guitar rig. We spent tons of time researching Bruce Springsteen's guitar gear rig and equipment. Surprisingly there is less info out there than one would think. We have a good collection of stuff he has reportedly used and currently uses. If anyone can add to this, please post a comment

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Bruce Springsteen's Guitar Rig.

Bruce Springsteen on guitar

 

 

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Guitars
Note: Bruce Springsteen has played a ton of different guitars. We'll try to give you a good feel for what he's played here, but aren't going to show them all.

Fender Stratocasters (cherry red, white, natural, silver)

Fender 2012 American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard - Sunburst

Fender Jazzmaster (natural)

Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

Fender Mustang (natural)

Fender '65 Mustang Reissue Electric Guitar

Fender Telecasters:
- '52 Fender Telecaster Esquire (natural)

Fender '50s Esquire Electric Guitar

- '52 Re-Issue Fender Telecaster butterscotch blonde (this is one of Springsteen's best known guitars)

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

- '53 Fender Telecaster (natural)

- Fender Telecaster with a Bigsby tremolo (2-color sunburst)

- '53 Re-Issue Fender Telecaster (2-color-sunburst)

- '63 Re-Issue Fender Telecaster (black)

Fender Custom Shop '63 Telecaster Heavy Relic Electric Guitar - Sonic Blue

- Fender Telecaster 12 string (brown-sunburst)

Gibson guitars:
- Gibson ES-335

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Historic Dot Reissue - cherry

- Gibson J-45

Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Sunburst

- 1958 Gibson J-200 (3-color-sunburst)

Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

- Gibson J-40 (natural)

- 1967 Gibson Les Paul (cream)

- Gibson 57 Les Paul Junior (pictured playing with Gas Light Anthem in summer 2009)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

 - Gretsch Country Gentleman

Gretsch Guitars G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Electric Guitar

- Rickenbacker 330-12 1967 (natural)
- Rickenbacker 330-12 (black)
- Danelectro 56-U2 (maltshop creme)

Acoustics:
- Takamine EF341C guitar (black)

Takamine EF341SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Black

- Takamine EF350SMCSB guitar (3-color-sunburst)

- Takamine EF381C guitar

Takamine EF-381C 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar

 


Amplifers and Cabinets

- Mesa Boogie Electra Dyne heads (2012)

DISCONTINUED - Mesa Boogie Electra Dyne 90W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Mesa Boogie Lonestar Regular, Tan, 1x12" (eyewitness in 2009)

- Fender Twin Reverb amps (Springsteen has many of these amps in his rig)

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

- Marshall JCM800 Cabinets 4x12" (you will notice these are behind him and are tilted way back)

Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series 100W Tube Head

- Mesa Boogie Mark 3 amps

DISCONTINUED - Mesa Boogie Mark V 90W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

- Fender Bassman

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

- Rivera Chubster amp

-VOX AC30 amplifier

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

 

 


Effects and pedals
- BOSS BF-3 Flanger

Boss BF-3 Flanger Pedal

- BOSS CS-3 compressor

Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer Pedal

- BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive

Boss SUPER OverDrive SD-1 Pedal

- Boss digital delay DD-3

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

- BOSS OD-3 Turbo Overdrive

Boss OD-3 OverDrive Pedal

- BOSS PSM-5 (power supply and masterswitch)
- Lexicon LXP-15 Delay
- Boogie Mark 2
- MXR distortion box

- Petillo Dist / Boost / Treble Boost
- Rockman Chorus
- Hohner Marine Band Harmonicas

Hohner 364/24 Marine Band Harmonica

 


Microphones
- Audix OM-3

Audix OM3 Hypercardioid Vocal Microphone

- Shure SM57

Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic



Strings and picks
- D'Addario Strings (used on Springsteen's acoustic guitars. Not sure what gauges.)

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

- Dean Markley Strings (used on his electrics) Gauges: .010, .013, .016, .030,.038, .048

Dean Markley 2504 LTHB NickelSteel Electric Guitar Strings

- Fender Heavy Guitar Picks (white)

Fender 351 Standard Guitar Picks Heavy 1 Dozen
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