"When I was 14 I saw George Thorogood and thought, ‘That’s cool – I’m going to do that’”: Ruzz 'Guitar' Evans on the two pedals and amazing pickups behind his rock 'n' roll tone

Robin Davey and Ruzz Guitar talk pedals
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In this week’s Pedalpocalypse – the show where we ask guitar players which three effects pedals mean the most to them – we talked to Ruzz ‘Guitar’ Evans, a UK-born Gretsch-endorsed guitarist who heads up Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, a rock’n’roll, rockabilly, jump blues and swing band currently turning heads and cutting rugs on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Ruzz grew up listening to his dad’s music – tough British R’n’B bands like Dr Feelgood, The Inmates and Nine Below Zero – before discovering their American counterparts: George Thorogood, Jimmie Vaughan and Brian Setzer

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Tom Poak has written for the Hull Daily Mail, Esquire, The Big Issue, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and more. In a writing career that has spanned decades, he has interviewed Brian May, Brian Cant, and cadged a light off Brian Molko. He has stood on a glacier with Thunder, in a forest by a fjord with Ozzy and Slash, and on the roof of the Houses of Parliament with Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham (until some nice men with guns came and told them to get down). He has drank with Shane MacGowan, mortally offended Lightning Seed Ian Broudie and been asked if he was homeless by Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.