The secrets behind Ronnie Wood's crunchy tone on the Faces' Stay with Me

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One of the raunchiest guitar tones of all time, Ron Wood’s rhythm track on the Faces’ classic Stay with Me is a great example of how a relatively simple rig can be so much more than the sum of its parts. In essence, Wood used just a guitar and an amp, but his signature tone has eluded imitators and befuddled tone geeks for decades.

The guitar Wood used on the song is no mystery: a Zemaitis “disc-front” solidbody that Tony Zemaitis custom built for him in the early '70s and that Wood calls the Stay with Me guitar for obvious reasons.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.