Corey Congilio on growing out of his hair-metal B.C. Rich Warlock phase and his greatest gear finds

Corey Congilio
(Image credit: Alex Berger)

In this month's Bought & Sold, the prolific teacher, session champ and Nashville blues player shares his gear regrets, epiphanies and thoughts on the the big existential questions of our craft – single coils or humbuckers? Cheap electric guitar and good amp or really good guitar and cheap amp?

But before we trace his guitar journey back to the beginning, let's start with a quick run-through of his current rig: “I play Two-Rock amps and go between the Bloomfield Drive and Studio Signature,“ he says. “I play a handful of PRSes, but I’m often seen lately with my ’61 Epiphone Casino or ’64 Gibson ‘Conversion’ SG. My pedalboard almost always has a Greer Lightspeed on it and other drives – Nobels ODR-1, Vemuram Shanks, J Rockett The Dude or Karma MTN-10. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.