Julian Lage explains why he doesn’t use many effects pedals

Julian Lage live
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If you were to take a cursory glance around the internet in search of Julian Lage’s rig, you’d probably come to three conclusions: he uses quite a variety of acoustic guitars and electric guitars, he favors a small handful of tube amps, and – surprisingly – he hardly uses any effects pedals at all. 

Why does he opt against using a fully stocked pedalboard, you ask? Well, it’s probably got something to do with the music he plays – after all, the pure, clean tone that Lage employs for his jazz escapades is up there with the smoothest sounds of all.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.