Living With The Law
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: Stockholm...hopefully indefinitely
Found this online whilst searching for Chris related stuff:
On his solo tour, following the release of Dirt Floor, Chris Whitley played five of the instruments used on that record:
a '31 National Style O, a '31 National Triolian, a '56 National Reso-Phonic with an old Danelectro pickup (used on the song "Indian Summer"), a '58 Gibson ES-125 (also used a lot on Terra Incognita), and a '95 Bart Reiter five-string banjo. On the album version of "Loco Girl," he played a '36 Gibson L-0. As you might gather from this list, Whitley prefers old instruments-"old stuff that's been played a lot," he says.
Whitley uses D'Addario strings on all his instruments-nickel-wound electric strings on everything but the Gibson L-0, which has a bronze-wound acoustic set. The gauges vary: the Triolian has stock extra-lights (.011 first string), the Style O and the L-0 have .013 first strings and .022 wound third strings, and the ES-125 has a .012 first string and a .021 third.
The Nationals are outfitted with Barcus-Berry magnetic Dobro pickups, which Whitley runs through a tube DI called the Juice Box and into a Fender Pro Junior amp. "This is different than playing totally acoustic," Whitley says. "I can be more dynamic. I can be quieter and louder. I use a DI and a mic on the amp so I can push it and it'll distort, and also be clean enough to articulate."
Whitley plies this arsenal of instruments with a purple Dunlop flatpick and metal fingerpicks on his ring and middle fingers. On his pinky he wears a slide he made from a piece of bicycle handlebar, which is cut so that he can rotate it out of the way for fretting.
Last but not least, in his solo show Whitley stomps out the beat on a boot board that's amplified with a Fishman upright bass transducer.
'I woke to you that Blessed morning...that's when I knew you were the One'
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