PG’s Chris Kies spent some quality time with John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald before their sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The trio prove they travel heavy with plenty of instruments, detail their signal chains, and Phil X even challenges Kies to an arm-wrestling match.
Covering the Angus Young, George Harrison, and Mick Taylor vibes, this 1964 Gibson SG still has the original PAFs in it. All of Shanks guitars are strung with Ernie Ball Slinkys (.010 –.046) and most of them are tuned down a half-step.
Here’s a 2007 Suhr Classic Pro with the Suhr-wound SSV humbucker in the bridge that gets used on “Lay Your Hands On Me” and stays in drop-D.
A few years ago Framus approached Phil X about co-designing a signature guitar and this was one of the first production models for the XG. He claims that they basically built his dream guitar by making a larger, thicker SG-style body, paired it with a ’59 neck profile, and added a single Arcane PX-90 that was voiced with Phil’s help and input.
Currently, this may be Phil’s favorite signature Framus because after he had them do a custom paint job, he “upgraded” its looks by scraping, dragging, and applying paint remover and other gnarly chemicals.