|Forrest Lee, Jr.
Nashville superstar guitarist Forrest Lee, Jr. grew up in the music business. His father was an actor and recording artist in the 1950s, and had songs recorded by the legendary Earl Scruggs, Jim Reeves, and Billy Dee. Lee has done guitar clinics all over the U.S. and Canada, showing his masterful techniques for speed twang, hyper blues, chicken picking, and B bending.
Besides playing, Lee also manages Loretta Lynn's recording studio, makes the best bender guitars on the planet, raises five kids, and owns a music store (Waverly Music And Computer), where he fixes anything the others can't figure out.
Competition Song: “Telethon”
Main Guitars: Forrest custom T-style with FCG B-Bender installed, Washburn WD-10SCE Forrest Lee Jr. Signature Model with B-Bender.
Main Amp: Bolt 100-watt, 2x12 combo.
Fave Effects Pedal: Wampler Ego compressor (modded to my specs).
Strings: GHS Super Steels, .009-.042; D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Light.
Picks: Dunlop nylon .60mm.
Main Stylistic Influences: Country, hard rock, metal, blues.
All-Time Favorite Album: Georgia Sunshine, Jerry Reed.
Favorite Guitar Solo: “Sea Of Love,” The Honeydrippers.
What is unique about your approach to the guitar?: I look at the guitar and B-Benders as an extension of my voice. I play what I’m singing in my head. I subconsciously let the notes flow through whatever chord pattern I’m in, weaving in and out of the chords, and voicings. I never look at soloing from a structured standpoint, but more as a platform to improvise what I feel at the moment.
What’s the best thing about playing guitar?: It’s in my DNA, I can’t explain it. It’s love,life, sex, power. It’s an emotional connection that can’t be spoken. It’s everything.