On this page we'll explore the favorite guitars, guitar amps, effects and other guitar gear of John Scofield.
John Scofield made this Gibson ES335 copy famous. It has been his main guitar since 1981 and has played it for over 2 decades. It's also the longest running guitar model in the Ibanez history. According to John the original Ibanez AS200 guitars from the early 80s were some of the best semi-acoustic electric guitars ever made. It's a very well made instrument and really balanced in tone from the highs to the lows. He uses the treble element with the highs rolled off.
John Scofield only uses D'Addario strings. The strings on his AS200 are a custom set: .013, .016, .022, .032, .042, .052.
John's signature guitars, the Ibanez JSM100 and JSM200, are based on the Ibanez As200. The JSM100 has a Prestige neck, a side output jack and super 58 pick ups.
This nylon string flamenco guitar is especially designed by George Katechis Montalvo for Scofield's album Quiet.
John uses the old models as well as the re-issues until 2006. He likes the natural distortion of the AC30.
John Scofield has got two old Sundown amps. Each one has a 12 inch speaker. Sundown amps were made by Dennis Kager, but are now out of production.
A 100 watts guitar amp with a spring reverb and a 12 inch speaker.
John Scofield has a large effects board, but only uses them occasionally to create specific sounds. Most of the time it's just his guitar going through the amp,even the distortion.
The RAT is a distortion pedal designed by Scott Richard Burnham who started ProCo in 1975. Scofield uses it to fatten up his sound. He uses just a little bit of distortion, but with the tone (filter) knob all the way up. He has 6 or 7 of the older RATs.
Bill Frisell also uses the RAT.
John uses this chorus pedal with both controls cranked open to get that typical Leslie effect.
This modeler has got a collection of vintage filter and monophonic synth effects.
John uses the Line 6 expression pedal to control his line 6 gear.
A digital modeling pedal based on 15 vintage delay and echo effects.
This delay is also used by Bill Frisell.
John Scofield uses Dunlop Delrin 2mm picks.