Magazine article Guitar Player

Performance Notes: Fly Dates

Magazine article Guitar Player

Performance Notes: Fly Dates

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You're flying to a showcase gig, and your rig is too big and bulky to take on the plane. But how can you possibly get your sound without your beloved '69 Marshall half-stack and your assortment of guitars and pedals? Well, pros play, these "fly dates" all the time, and they have developed ways to travel fight without compromising their sound.

For example, Nashville session ace J.T. Corenflos (Alan Jackson, John Michael Montgomery, and others) usually travels with one guitar: a customized Telecaster with a single-coil middle pickup and a mini-humbucker mounted in the neck position. This pickup configuration--which is favored by many Nashville players--produces a range of tones capable of covering most country and rock gigs.

A shows promoter is typically response for providing a backline, and, depending on the situation, you may be able to specify a favored amp. "If not," says Corenflos, "it's a pretty sure bet you'll end up with a Fender Twin Reverb. …

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