During Tyler Childers’ 3-show sell-out run at Nashville’s Exit/In, PG’s Perry Bean swooped in for a pre-soundcheck hang with the bandleader, Jesse Wells (guitar/fiddle/baritone/mandola), James Barker (guitar/pedal steel), and Craig Burletic (bass) to cover all the gear these good ol’ boys use to spark some hoopin’ ’n’ hollerin’.
Bandleader Tyler Childers’ has been long associated with Martin flattops, but 2018 saw him shift over to primarily using this Collings DS1 with a slotted headstock.
Multi-instrumentalist Dr. Jesse Wells (he teaches at Morehead State’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music) spends most of his time on this special-made paisley (“pepperoni finish”) T-style that is equipped with a B-bender and built by Nashville’s own Forrest Lee Jr.
Multi-instrumentalist James Barker spends time between guitar and pedal steel. His main 6-string ride is this Fender Highway One Telecaster that was modded to fit a Lollar Imperial humbucker in the neck, outfitted with compensated brass saddles, and even got a facelift with a customized leather pickguard thanks to Daniel Romano.