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Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. Billy Gibbons’ choice of electric guitars has primarily been Gibson. His first guitar was a sunburst 1962 Gibson Melody Maker. Gibbons continues to play Gibsons with ZZ Top, owning various models including an early-’50s Les Paul Goldtop, a 1958 Flying V, and an early model of the Gibson SG, made in 1961 with a cherry red finish. Along with Gibson, Gibbons is also known for playing various Fender guitars. During his stint in the Moving Sidewalks, Gibbons used a white 1963 Fender Jazzmaster and Fender Esquire.
Gibbons’ sound is based on a 100-watt Marshall Super Lead made in 1968. I would say that it was the ’59 Gibson Les Paul, better known now as ‘Pearly Gates’, plugged into a hundred-watt Marshall. Gibbons used a Legend 50 watt hybrid Combo on Eliminator album. The amp used, almost exclusively, on Eliminator was a Legend.
This is the amp which has a finished wood case, and a rattan-type cane grill. At the 2010 Winter NAMM show, Dunlop and Gibbons unveiled a new line of guitar accessories, Rev. These include Gibbons inspired picks, strings, and slides. For the 2016 tour the bass and guitars were each fed through eight Magnatone tops and speakers.
A detailed gear diagram of Billy Gibbons’ 2003 ZZ Top guitar rig exists. Preferring the Fender style bass, Dusty Hill also uses many different basses and amplifiers in different combos, and maintains a large collection of vintage as well as custom basses by noted luthier, John Bolin of Bolin Guitars USA. Vintage Fender Telecaster Bass – Only used during recordings. Custom Telecaster Bass – With reversed headstock. Covered in white sheep wool, with spinning unit.