Before his show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Shakey Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia) met up with PG’s John Bohlinger to detail his retro-flavored axes and triple-amp setup.
Shakey Graves spends a good deal of his show playing solo, armed only with this Gibson ES-175D straight into an amp. He picked up this archtop at Gibson’s Austin HQ a few years back and it’s been a big part of his sound ever since. This guitar stays strung up with beefy D'Addario EJ22 (.013–.056) strings. When he’s not using his fingers, Shakey uses Clayton Customs 0.72 mm picks.
Shakey Graves’ Fender American Original ’60s Jazzmaster was updated with a Mastery bridge. It’s a new guitar, but this funky offset took a few bad hits on the road that aged it cosmetically and rendered the top switch unusable.
For acoustic tunes, Shakey Graves goes with this 2011 Washburn R321 SWRK Parlor Series acoustic. The guitar came with an unidentified pickup and the DIY soundhole cover comes courtesy of cardboard, gaff-tape, and necessity.