Mick Box on his greatest gear hits and misses: “It’s not all about price – it’s about feel”

Mick Box
(Image credit: David Charles)

Uriah Heep’s return with Chaos & Color, their 25th studio album of a recording career that stretches back to 1970's seminal ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, was as good an excuse as any to grab 30 minutes with its founding member and ever-present guitarist, Mick Box, and to talk about the gear behind his sound.

Box’s electric guitars don’t have it easy in Heep. They have to jostle for space in the mix with the Hammond organ, bass guitar, drums and vocals, and over the years Box has learned what works – namely Les Pauls, guitars with humbuckers in them.

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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.