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John Scofield's Guitar Rig

John Scofield's Guitar GearOn this page we'll explore the favorite guitars, guitar amps, effects and other guitar gear of John Scofield.


Ibanez AS200

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.

Ibanez AS200

Montalvo Flamenco Guitar

This nylon string flamenco guitar is especially designed by George Katechis Montalvo for Scofield's album Quiet.

Montalvo Flamenco Guitar

Other Guitars



Guitar Amps

Vox AC30

John uses the old models as well as the re-issues until 2006. He likes the natural distortion of the AC30.

Vox AC30 guitar amp

Sundown Amplifiers

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.

Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

Mesa Boogie Mark I Reissue

A 100 watts guitar amp with a spring reverb and a 12 inch speaker.

Mesa Boogie Mark I Reissue

Other Guitar Amps

  • Mesa Boogie Mark III with E/V speakers



Guitar Effects

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.


ProCo RAT Distortion Pedal

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.

More information about the ProCo Rat reissue

Proco Rat distortion pedal

Ibanez CS9 Analog Chorus

John uses this chorus pedal with both controls cranked open to get that typical Leslie effect.

Ibanez Tube Screamer

Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler

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.

More information about the Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler

Line 6 Delay Modeler

Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler

A digital modeling pedal based on 15 vintage delay and echo effects.

This delay is also used by Bill Frisell.

More information about the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler

Line 6 Delay Modeler

Other Guitar Effects

  • Digitech XP100 Whammy/Wah
  • Boss EQ Pedal: used for a dirty rhythm guitar sound with a lot of treble.
  • Boss Chorus: rate and depth are turned up all the way for a kind of fake Leslie sound.
  • Boss Loop Station
  • Boomerang Phrase Sampler
  • TC Electronic Polytune
  • Neunaber Technology Wet Reverb
  • Rocket Pedals Blue Note Distortion
  • Vox Cry Baby Wah-Wah
  • Empress Tremolo (vibrato)
  • Electro-Harmonix Microsynth



Guitar Picks

John Scofield uses Dunlop Delrin 2mm picks.

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