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Bill Frisell's Guitar Rig

Bill Frisell Guitar EquipmentThis page is about the guitars, amps, effects and other guitar equipment that Bill Frisell likes to use.




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Klein Electric Guitars

Bill Frisell has 2 Klein electric guitars. The one he uses the most has a chambered spruce body and a rosewood neck. The guitar has 4 pickups: a Seymour Duncan JB pickup in bridge position, a Bartolini 5J floating pickup in the middle, a Telecaster pickup at the neck and a piezo pickup in the bridge. The piezo pickup has a separate output so he can mix 'fuzzed-out' sound with 'almost acoustic' sounds. Bill uses the bridge pickup most of the time with the tone not rolled off.

Bill Frisell uses D'Addario EXL115 strings, amongst other D'Addario strings.

Other guitarists that use Klein guitars: Joni Mitchell, Andy Summers, Stanley Clark and Sting.

Bill Frisell's Klein Electric Guitar

Andersen Guitars

Frisell owns 3 guitars built by Steven Andersen. The first one was given to him by cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side), for whom he provided the soundtrack for a Far Side television special. He liked the guitar so much that he asked Steven to build a model 17 archtop for him and later a small model 14 archtop for on the road (nicknamed 'Little Archie').

Andersen Guitars

Yanuziello Guitars

Joseph Yanuziello is a luthier based in Toronto. He makes these sort of oddball like electric mandolins. His guitars are based on really cheap guitars from the late 50s or early 60s, like Harmony guitars.

Other guitarists that use Yanuziello Guitars: Lee Alexander (Norah Jones), Kevin Breit (Norah Jones)

Yanuziello Guitars

Other Guitars

  • 1975 Fender Stratocaster reissue
  • 1974 Fender Telecaster
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson J-45 (1961)
  • Gibson 446
  • Collings D-1 dreadnought
  • Gibson 446 semi–hollow-body electric
  • Martin mahogany 12-fret 000-15S (with a Seymor Duncan Mag Mic   pick up)
  • J.W. Black-built Jazzmaster with Seymour Duncan P-90
  • Tacoma Papoose
  • and many more...



Guitar Amps

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

This Fender amp is a 22W single-channel tube/valve guitar amplifier combo designed by Paul Rivera. It has a 10 inch speaker.

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

Mesa Boogie Subway Blues

A 20 watt guitar amp with a spring reverb and a 10 inch speaker.

Mesa Boogie Subway Blues

Gibson GA-18 and GA-50

Bill Frisell has 2 Gibson amps from the early 50s: the GA-18 and GA-50. Pictured here is the GA-50, which has 2 speakers, a 12 inch and an 8 inch. Jim Hall used the same amp.

Gibson GA-50 Guitar Amp

Other Guitar Amps

  • Mesa Boogie Blue Angel
  • to amplify his acoustic guitars, Bill uses an external microphone



Guitar Effects

ProCo RAT Distortion Pedal

The RAT is a distortion pedal designed by Scott Richard Burnham who started ProCo in 1975.

More information about the ProCo Rat reissue

Proco Rat distortion pedal

Ibanez Tube Screamer

An overdrive/distortion pedal that allows the true sound of the guitar to come through. The most popular use of a tube screamer is to push a tube amp to make it overdrive more.

Ibanez Tube Screamer

Line 6 Delay Modeler

A digital modeling pedal based on 15 vintage delay and echo effects. Bill uses it for loops and stuff.

More information about the Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler pedal

Line 6 Delay Modeler

Other Guitar Effects

  • Volume pedal!
  • Boss DD1 digital delay pedal (for ambience)
  • Lexicon MPX-100 (Bill likes to use the reverb of this (cheap) multi-fx processor)
  • TC electronic compressor
  • Electro Harmonix 16 second delay
  • Digitech 8 second delay
  • Alesis Microverb



Guitar Picks

Bill Frisell uses Gibson flatpicks (teardrop shaped)

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