“I had Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player, out on tour with me, and he showed up with a $120 Squier Strat. He played it on stage that night and killed it”: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on why tone is in the hands (but it helps to have a trio of Dumbles)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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In this edition of Bought & Sold, Guitarist has the pleasure of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s company, and there are few bigger electric guitar aficionados in the world. 

We often associate him with the Strat but as he admits here, after a decade-long search for a Les Paul, he has settled on The One, and an instrument like that can change a player. It has changed Shepherd, who admits he has had to adapt to the new dimensions of the single-cut.

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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.