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October 5, 2015IM -
“I use two guitars during each show. One is a Fender Stratocaster (1974) in standard tuning. When I play slide, I use an Epiphone Riviera in open D tuning. These guitars have always been comfortable for me to play. The Epiphone has a big full sound, which I like for slide playing. I use medium picks and 10-46 strings on my Stratocaster and 11-52 strings on my Epiphone. I don’t use a capo. My amp is a Fender M-80, which I purchased quite some time ago.”
“For harmonicas, I use four or five different keys of harmonica at any given performance. I have always used Hohner Marine Band and Hohner Special 20, and occasionally other blues harps. I also play a Hohner 2016 chromatic harmonica. The Hohner Marine Band (10-hole style) was the only harmonica readily available on the market when I started playing in 1964. I use a Shure 57 mic for harmonica.”