I LIKE A STRAT-THROUGH-MARSHALL sound, and it seems like I have played just about everything throughout the past 20 years to find a style—and the gear—that best suits me. As a professional, steadily gigging musician, I need to be portable, reliable, get a good tone, and consider stage real estate. It’s a balancing act. I’ve used this rig for almost three years— an absolute record for me—and it is constructed of gear made almost completely around my home of Franklin, Tennessee.
My guitar is a Bluesman Vintage S-62 built by John Scott of Spring Hill, Tennessee, with Wade Nunly single-coils (Unicoi, Tennessee). The amp head is a Bill Keck V-800 (Spring Hill), and the cabinet is a closed-back, ported Peter Mathers-built 1x12 with a Warehouse Veteran 30 speaker (Nashville). My only effects are a Lovepedal 200lbs of Fuzz and a COT 50. —MATT “MATTY BLUES” MAYER