Scott McKeon on shaping a modern blues tone par excellence and how Joe Bonamassa persuaded him to release the SM Fuzz

Scott MeKeon
(Image credit: Rob Blackham)

Scott McKeon is a guitarist notable for many reasons. He was the child prodigy that became the face of a Fender campaign to recruit younger talent in the '90s, making his debut on British television at just seven years old.

For much of the last decade, he’s been busy playing guitar in legendary singer Tom Jones’ band and developing his own line of fuzz pedals – the SM Fuzz, as used by the likes of Gary Clark Jr. and Doyle Bramhall II, and the all-new SM Octave Fuzz. Following an 11-year break from solo material, his third album New Morning witnesses him at the helm of some truly mesmerising modern blues tones...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).