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Guitar Techs: Rock’s Unsung Heroes

Much like a caddie is to a golfer, guitar techs are the keepers and caretakers of some of the most prestigious gear in the world. Considering that, it’s not uncommon for a guitarist to have the same tech tour after tour.

So, what’s it like to work for some of the biggest guitarists ever? Check out these interviews below to find out!

Pierre De Beauport

How much does Keith Richards trust De Beauport? Enough to have him as his guitar tech for the past 20+ years.

Dove Men + Care Presents Pierre De Beauport [Extended Version]

Pierre De Beauport has been the Guitar Technician for The Rolling Stones for more than 20 years. Dove Men takes an inside look at the importance of keeping your calm in a chaotic environment.

 

Scott Appleton

Appleton has been a tech for the likes of Peter Frampton and Def Leppard, but his work being the right-hand man for Rush’s Alex Lifeson has earned him the nickname “Great Scott.”

RJM Music: Rush Rig Tour and Scott Appleton Interview

We were fortunate enough to be able to go backstage with Scott Appleton, guitar tech for Alex Lifeson of Rush. We talk about Scott's history as a tech, what it's like to be a tech, and top it off with a tour of Alex's rig.

 

Lee Dickson

From 1979 to 2010, Eric Clapton trusted Dickson to be his tech. If Slowhand approves, how could you not be in awe?

2012 NAMM: Lee Dickson (Guitar Tech for Eric Clapton)

http://www.vintagerock.com - Lee Dickson (former guitar tech for Eric Clapton) talks to Vintage Rock's Junkman at the 2012 NAMM Show. January 21, 2001. Anaheim, CA. Filmed and edited by Alex Jacard

 

Elwood Francis

Francis currently is the guitar tech for Billy Gibbons, but the rest of his 30+ year resume is just as impressive and includes the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Perry, Izzy Stradlin and Gilby Clarke.

Rig Rundown - ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons

www.premierguitar.com PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar tech Elwood Francis who gives us a look at ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' array of guitars, including the famous fur guitar, and lets us in on how Billy has everything set up for their tour.

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)