“I jammed with Prince once, and he was like, ‘What is that effect you have on your guitar?’ I said, ‘Nothing.’ He couldn’t believe it”: Lenny Kravitz on the time he blew Prince’s mind with his guitar tone

Lenny Kravitz and Prince playing live on stage
(Image credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

While some guitarists are known for playing hugely complex rigs loaded with state-of-the-art digital tech, others are noted for their old-school, less-is-more approach to playing electric guitar.

Lenny Kravitz is one such traditionalist whose rig is, more often than not, as simple as it gets: a vintage electric guitar plugged straight into a vintage tube amp – with nothing in between.

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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.