The woodshedder extraordinaire wows us with playing, tone and insight!
Welcome to the show! We are delighted to welcome our dear chum Andy Wood to Schwangri-La. Andy is a Tennessee-based artist and session/tour guitarist/mandolin player who, in addition to his own solo career, has played with Locash, Scott Stapp and Rascal Flatts among others. He also has a Suhr signature model guitar and a couple of pedals to boot.
His mesmerising playing style is a constantly shifting amalgam of traditional Americana, country and full-bore technique rock: it’s quite the experience as we can attest!
We chat about all kinds of topics today - tone, technique, influences and all the good stuff you’d expect from an extended TPS show.
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Andy’s amp setup today…
Andy runs a stereo rig from his pedals and the G3 switcher. All the pedals go into the front of amps, no effects loops.
Today, one side is a Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature into a Mesa 212 cab with EVM12L speakers (bottom/closed speaker only).
The other side is a Two-Rock TS-1 combo with a TR1265B speaker.
We set the amps up to sound as similar as possible with plenty of headroom for all of Andy’s pedals to go straight into the front end.
Interesting bits and go to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:21 Intro and hello
2:39 Meeting at NAMM and Elements of Sound
5:15 Andy's introduction to bluegrass & mandolin
7:40 The Brent Mason revelation
12:56 Andy’s love of different genres
15:30 Similarities between rock and country
20:18 Transferable techniques?
22:24 Flat picking & hybrid picking lesson
28:24 Andy’s tone journey
30:22 Delay on an expression pedal
32:57 Clean tone
34:20 Suhr Woodshed Compressor
37:29 Need for a versatile guitar
39:20 Producing your sound with compression
45:32 Strymon Blue Sky
46:50 Wampler Gearbox
55:37 Gag effects?
1:00:02 The signature Suhr guitar
1:06:04 Les Paul’s Telecaster pickup?
1:10:08 Andy’s new record ‘Charisma’
1:19:32 The Mighty Skankbanger…
1:21:42 Woodshed Event
1:27:52 Love of loud amps
1:30:17 Andy plays us out