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Dave Gregory Talks 12-String Ricks, Strats, 335s, Pedals… and XTC!

Published on May 17, 2019

In this episode we are delighted to welcome Dave Gregory to the TPS studio. Dave has garnered much praise and respect for his work in British rock band XTC from 1979 to the late 1990s. Melodic, creative and always moving forwards, Dave’s playing inspired a whole generation of guitarists, not least a young and eager Australian with long, flowing blonde hair and a penchant for elaborate inversions. Yes, in a tale of ingenuity and daring, the Australian dreamt of leaving the endless sunshine, free-flowing beer and barbys so that he might be nearer to his hero. In Swindon.
10,000 miles and much alopecia later the Australian tracked down Gregory in Wiltshire and persuaded him to join his band, Tin Spirits, whereupon the fairytale was complete. He even asked him to be a guest on his YouTube channel along with a trio of Rickenbacker 12-strings, a Strat and an ES-335.

Well that’s one reading of it anyway. Enjoy the show!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

TheGigRig Three2One

Jim Dunlop CryBaby BB535 Wah
We think… No longer made. Try the 535Q (it has a boost in it)

Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

Original Dallas Artbiter Rangemaster
No longer made. Try the Analog Man Beano Boost

Dinosaural Opticompressor
No longer made

Electro-Harmonix Soul Food
UK & Europe:

Boss DS-1
UK & Europe:

Chicago Stompworks The Double Dave

1974 Electro-Harmonix Big Muff
No longer made

Custom Burns Buzz Around Clone
One off custom build

Strymon Lex
UK & Europe:

Strymon El Capistan
UK & Europe:

Strymon Flint
UK & Europe:

TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
Intro playing: 0:00
What is the Ricky? 1:51
Beginning of XTC for Dave: 4:20
George Harrison’s guitar: 5:23
Dave’s first Rickenbacker 12: 6:30
12s are hard to play? 11:00
New sounds / old gear: 13:45
All Of A Sudden: 15:50
Roger Rossmeisl: 17:30
The 1964 1993: 19:30
John Lennon and the solidbody: 25:50
The three Ricky 12s compared: 28:50
The Blender control? 31:15
Travelling with a Ricky? 33:15
Tuner orientation: 34:50
Danelectro 59X12: 35:35
Dave’s 1963 Strat: 44:04 (52:00)
The refinish and the bow in the neck: 48:00
Vintage guitars rule: 56:00
The awesome 335 story: 58:44
335 sound: 1:09:05
Dave’s pedalboard: 1:10:40
Chicago Stompworks Double Dave: 1:11:50
…and the octave: 1:12:51
1975 EHX Big Muff: 1:13:30
Boss DS-1: 1:14:45 (1:15:25)
Burns Buzzaround Clone: 1:21:15 (1:23:45)
Dallas Arbiter Rangemaster: 1:26:05

Guitars in this episode:
1964 Rickenbacker Model 1993
1976 Rickenbacker 360/12
Rickenbacker 660/12
1963 Fender Stratocaster
1964 Gibson ES-335
Danelectro 59X12
Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at

Amps in this episode
Matchless C-30 Head and 1x12 cab with Celestion Vintage 30 speaker

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