What Strings Do You Use? DANNY BRYANT

We ask a top gui­tarist all those ques­tions you re­ally do want the an­swers to: this month, Brit blues man ex­traor­di­naire, Danny Bryant

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out?

DB: I re­ally love the Fen­der style ex­tra- heavy cel­lu­loid ones. I like the at­tack that they give me and I find if I am us­ing heavy gauge strings, I re­ally need an ex­tra­heavy pick be­cause I hate it if the plec­trum is flex­ing un­der the strain while I’m play­ing.

GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, what would they be?

DB: I’m not overly both­ered by ef­fects; my ’ board is very sim­ple so it wouldn’t be too hard for me. On a gig I like to have a wah, a Boss DD- 3 de­lay which I use quite spar­ingly on a cou­ple of the slower tempo songs, and a Boss tuner for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

GT: Do you play an­other in­stru­ment well enough to do it in a band – and if so have you ever done it?

DB: No, un­for­tu­nately I don’t. If I could play an­other in­stru­ment, I would love it to be piano, but I’m still work­ing on play­ing the gui­tar the way that I hear it in my head. I imag­ine I al­ways will be!

GT: If a mu­sic chart were put in front of you, could you read it?

DB: No, I can’t read a note of mu­sic I am afraid, and I think most blues play­ers would prob­a­bly say the same thing!

GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? If so, then what make are yours?

DB: I used to think maybe they did, but nowa­days I’m not so con­vinced. I’ve used so many dif­fer­ent ca­bles over the years and now it just comes down to qual­ity – ba­si­cally, how long they last. I can’t of­ten hear the dif­fer­ence from one lead to an­other. I cur­rently use Elixir ca­bles as I think they’re great qual­ity.

GT: Is there any­one’s play­ing ( past or present) of which you’re slightly jeal­ous?

DB: Wal­ter Trout! I wouldn’t call it jeal­ousy, though; I love him like a dad. But when­ever I jam with him it re­ally makes it hit home how good he is!

GT: Your house or stu­dio is burn­ing down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage?

DB: I guess I had bet­ter save my wife and dog first! Then I would prob­a­bly go back for my pro­to­type Fret- King that Trev Wilkin­son built for me. It would be a hard choice be­tween that and my new sig­na­ture Fret- King. When it was re­leased, they sent me a few. The one that I de­cided to gig with has worn in so beau­ti­fully I couldn’t bear to do a gig with­out it.

GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it?

DB: I use Mar­shall TS L 100s live

I do pre­fer my gui­tar’s ac­tion set more on the high side as I be­lieve you get slightly bet­ter clar­ity that way.

and I al­ways set them on the lead chan­nel with the drive around 7 or 8 and the tre­ble, mid­dle and bass set fairly flat with a fair amount re­verb. The vol­ume de­pends on the room. I love the 50- watt TS L for smaller venues. I also have a Fen­der black­face Su­per Re­verb that I am think­ing of tak­ing on the next tour, just to mix things up a bit.

GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your gui­tars ( any par­tic­u­lar quirks?)

DB: I use what you would call a fairly stan­dard setup I guess, but I do pre­fer my gui­tar’s ac­tion set more on the high side, as I be­lieve you get a slightly bet­ter clar­ity and cleaner tone that way.

GT: What strings do you use ( make, gauge and why…)?

DB: I use Elixir strings, gauge 11- 49. They feel and sound re­ally good and I’m proud to en­dorse them. Re­cently, be­cause we have been do­ing so many shows, I have one of my Fret- Kings set up with 10- 46s and I use this for a cou­ple of songs each night just to give my fin­gers a break, and I find that works re­ally well. Danny Bryant’s new al­bum, Tem­per­a­ture Ris­ing, is re­leased by Jaz­zhaus Records on 1st Septem­ber. Danny tours the UK from 3rd Septem­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to: www. dan­ny­bryant. com.

Danny Bryant with his FretKing sig­na­ture

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