Rival Sons’ Scott Holiday on his greatest gear hits and misses: “You can basically install a pair of EMG active pickups into a cardboard box and get the same sound”

Scott Holiday
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In this instalment of Bought & Sold, it is the turn of Scott Holiday from Long Beach rockers Rival Sons to pull up a chair and discuss the guitars in his life, share a little gear philosophy and confess to the biggest regrets – the guitars that got away, the guitar amps that exploded on him. We have all been there...

And because we often think of Rival Sons as being traditionalists when it comes to their rock sound, it might surprise some to learn which big green delay pedal is a mainstay on his touring pedalboard.

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Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written about music for titles including The Guardian, Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a talking head on Times Radio and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl and many more. As a guitarist with three decades' experience, he mostly plays a Fender Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul.