JOHN DAVIS - Pedal Steel Player
Tel: 07860 666820 or 01480 393900 - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GEAR PAGE - Here are some pics and info on my gear
If anyone has a pedal steel or other related equipment to sell, then do get in touch with me. Also if you are looking for a particular piece of kit, let me know.
Here are my two Emmons Twin Ten pedal steels, both early 1970's. I had to go over to the States twice to see Tommy Cass (of Gardner, Massachusetts). The first trip was to buy "Blondie" from him and during this visit I saw "Red" and knew I would have to go back, Tommy agreed to keep her until I could return. Look at the lovely flaming on the birdseye maple used on these two beauties.
The serial numbers on these two are very close and according to Carter's charts -
I enlisted Tommy's help to set "Blondie" and "Red" up for me so that they both play exactly the same - using the Gordon Huntley pedal layout. "Red" is still pretty much original - Tommy had done some work on her about 8 years earlier for the previous owner, a friend of his who sadly had now passed on. Tommy is one of the kings of the push-pull and he did a total rebuild on "Blondie" for me, even down to remanufacturing some parts, so she's actually better now than when new - thanks for a job well done. If anyone wants any quality work done or to buy a rebuilt steel guitar, get in touch with Tommy.
Tommy and LeGrande
Tommy used to be the steel player with Roy Drusky, but nowadays is more content to be a push-pull technician, but he even managed to organise a gig for me to try "Blondie" out. We drove to the Circle 9 Ranch in Epsom, New Hampshire - about 80 miles towards Maine from Gardner and met up with a bunch of real nice guys with a band called Country Felix that I sat in with.
John playing Blondie in New Hampshire
Have a look on my links page and you can track down some more photos of the gig on Chris Caruso's website (he's the bass player with Country Felix) and a lot more information and photos about Tommy and his work on the Steel Guitar Forum discussion page.
Gibson flanked by ZB & Emmons steels backed by Fender Amps
This used to be the core part of my gear, the Emmons Twin Ten here was my main piece of kit for a long time, but was traded in to make way for "Red" and "Blondie". The ZB Custom (see close-up below) a relatively recent purchase has also moved on, but I still have the Gibson 330. I've got a couple of Fender Twins and a couple of Dual Showmans (all silver fronted 2x12 combos), there are JBL's in two of them and Fender speakers in the others. Other little bits of kit I use are a DOD Digital Delay and a JHS Rockbox with headphones, this is for rehearsing without annoying the neighbours.
John Davis uses SIT Stay In Tune Emmons Signature Series Strings
Close-up of the ZB Custom
Here's the ZB I used to have, the finish is really nice with beading and inlays in the wood. This has now moved on and is in a new home in Dundee, Scotland.
Close-up of my Gibson
Here's the 330, it's 1962/3 and those P90's have a really sweet sound. As you can see it is fitted with a Bigsby, maybe I should get a 'B'- Bender put on it, or even better - learn to play it properly!