How the stars set up their guitars

An excerpt from Dan Erlewine's "How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great", including celebrity setups from Jeff Beck to Jim Weider.


Here are over three dozen precise setup specs collected by Dan Erlewine as he interviewed famous players and roadies. All of these came from Dan's hands-on measurements of the actual guitars. More information can be found in the last chapter of Dan's book, including a detailed "10-step Fender Setup."


Players' setups:
Jeff Beck's Strat

John Borchard's '59 Gretch Anniversary

John Borchard's '67 Gibson ES-355

Junior Brown, Tone Player

Robert Cray's Strats

Chris Duarte's Strat

Eric Johnson's '57 Strat

Jorma Kaukonen's Signature Epiphone

Albert King's Lucy Flying V

Bill Kirchen's Tele

Leon Rhodes' '62 Epiphone Sheriton

Duke Robillard's Archtop Electric

Brian Setzer's "Hot-Rod"

Brian Setzer's '59 Gretch

Jimmy Smails' '75 Tele Custom

Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Number One"

Jim Weider's Fender Esquire

Jim Weider's Fender Tele

Jim Weider's Slide Setup ('60s Silvertone)


More setups, by maker:
Tom Anderson Guitarworks

Gene Baker BH1

John Carruthers Custom

Danelectro U2 ('56)

Fender Bajo-Sexto

Gibson ES-350 T (short scale jazz archtop)

Gibson Les Paul Gold Top ('54)

Gibson Les Paul with Humbuckers ('59)

Gibson Les Paul with P90 Pickups ('78)


Ibanez Factory Specs

Roger Sadowsky's Setup

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) McCarty

Michael Stevens LJ

Washburn Nuno Bettencourt Signature Model

Washburn Custom Shop Centurion CT5BB

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