Summary of Gary’s Equipment
Gary is probably best known for using Gibson Les Paul guitars. More precisely, a guitar most often associated with him is the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, once owned by Peter Green of the Fleetwood Mac, and now in the possession of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Another one worth singling out is the Les Paul Standard nicknamed “Stripe” that was used on Gary’s most popular track, Still Got the Blues.
Aside from the Les Pauls, one of Gary’s main axes was his trusty 1961 Fender Stratocaster finished in fiesta red, most famously used in 2005 at the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar concert.
Regarding amps, Gary is pretty much a Marshall guy. He used various models, from the 1959 Super Leads, to Model 2204s, Marshall JTM45 Reissues, and Marshall 1959 HWs. In between he’d use a VOX AC30 (Colosseum II era), various Fender combos, and Soldanos.
As far as the effects, depending on the era, you’ll find that Gary used different types of pedals. Few worth pointing out are the Marshall Guv’nor that he used on SGTB and Ibanez Tube Screamer (TS-9 and TS-10) which he used throughout his career. Gary is also known for using rack effects units such as the Roland SRE-555 Chorus Echo which he used for tape echo in the 90s, and the Roland SDE-3000 Digital Delay.
Lastly, as his main choice of strings, Gary usually went for Dean Markleys either a .010-.052, or occasionally a .009-.048 set. For picks, his early choice at least was to go for extra heavy thickness celluloid picks, similar to those sold by Dunlop today – the 483P05XH Genuine Celluloid Extra Heavy picks.