Rig Rundown: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Band

Rig Rundown: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Band

Flaunt Weekly

Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss, and JD McPherson from the Elevate the Roof touring band lift the curtain on their road gear.

Fourteen years after their Grammy-worthwhile debut, Raising Sand, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss followed up with Elevate the Roof—which used to be nominated for 3 more Grammys. Now on tour, the duo also has a brand fresh band that functions bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarist JD McPhersonand utility player Stuart Duncan. However earlier than they hit the road, Krause, Duncan, and McPherson—and their techs Paul Ackling and Kevin Devogel— invited the PG group to a rehearsal at Soundcheck Nashville for a see in the aid of the gear curtain. Here’s a sampling of what our group of John Bohlinger, Chris Kies, and Perry Bean saw. Peek the Rundown for the total image.

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Fender Bender

This Fender Squier Telecaster—property of Stuart Duncan—has a palm bender for a metal-cherish raise out, and wears Ernie Ball M Steel 2915s, gauged .010–.052.

Brown Silver

Duncan’s vintage Silvertone is strung with Ernie Ball Vitality Slinky nickelwound 2220 strings, gauged .011–.048.

Lil’ Git

Stuart’s Yamaha Guitalele makes spend of Ernie Ball Ernesto Palla 2403 classical-vogue guitar strings. Additionally in his acoustic line-up is a Gibson J-forty five and a Martin D-28, which both rob Ernie Ball Earthwood phosphor bronze strings.

The Giraffe

This Gibson lengthy-neck banjo makes spend of Ernie Ball 5-string Banjo Frailing strings gauged at .010–.024, with loop ends.

Resophonic Rouser

Duncan’s Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Series Resonator wears Ernie Ball bronze-alloy Earthwood gentle acoustic strings.

“Puny” Amp, Huge Sound

Duncan tours with a Puny Walter 50 tube amp and a matched 2×12.

Stuart Duncan’s Pedalboard

This comparatively stripped board does the job for Duncan. It’s obtained two Boss TU-3 tuners, an IndyGuitarist Results customized OD, a Carl Martin TremO’vibe, and a Benado multi-results with a Steel-Verb, Echo-Zen delay, and NutraDrive OD.

Tone Instruments

Victor Krauss has a particular sonic setup, since he covers both bass and guitar in the band. One amongst his predominant devices is this 1967 Galanti Immense Prix.


All of Krauss’ electrics, gets pumped into an Orange OR50.


And a Yahama RA-200R rotating speaker cabinet driven by a Groove Tubes GT Trio preamp.

Meet the

Here’s Krauss’ stock 1964 Gibson SG Regular.

Solid Guitars

He also performs a high-mileage 1961 Gibson Les Paul—a double-cutaway from the generation earlier than this body execute grew to change into tagged because the SG.

Gain Shorty!

This ’60s Vox Octave 12—a transient-scale instrument generally acknowledged as a mando-guitar—has been modified to a 6 string.

Dano Dancer

Amongst his rather a couple of vintage devices is a 1957 Danelectro UB-2 6-string bass that’s still stock.

Twang Thang

One amongst the few fresh axes in his arsenal is this 2022 Gretsch Duane Eddy Bass VI.

The Organic

For acoustic, Kraus chases two alternatives: this 1943 Gibson LG-2.


And the rather a couple of is a velvety 1953 Martin 0-18.

Viktor Krauss’ Pedalboard

From his fingers and devices’ strings, the stamp goes to a Boss TU-3W tuner, an Xotic EP Boostera Guyatone ST2 compressor, any other EP Booster, a Boss LS-2 Line Selector (with a ship/return to an EHX Pitch Fork and a Danelectro Succor Exclaim), a Nobles ODR-1, a Mostortion MT10, a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, a Klon KTR, a Game Changer Audio Plus Retain (controlling a Boss RE-2 Do Echo), a Fulltone Supa-Trem2, a Strymon Volantea Hologram Microcosm Granular Looper & Glitch pedal, a Line 6 DL4 MkII delaya Strymon blueSky, and an Ernie Ball volume pedal for the Yamaha RA-200R, any other Strymon blueSky, and a Demeter VTDB-2B Tube DI for the Danelectro.

Purple Panther

This Fender Jazzmaster components some customized work by guitar maker TK Smith and the Fender Customized Store. All JD’s guitars are strung with D’Addarios.

Flex-Ready Flyer

This Supro Twin Tone stays dropped down a half-step.

This custom TK Smith 6-string has lengthy been one in every of McPherson’s favorites. Groove on these pickup covers and that whammy bar!

The Leisure of the Handiest

The last gunslingers in McPherson’s holster along with a Fender Customized Store Tele, a Gretsch G6134T-58 Traditional Pick ’58 Penguin with Bigsby, and a pair of TK Smith creations (real aspect)

Amp Trinity

McPherson performs by plan of a Fender tweed Official-Amp reissue and a ’68 Vibrolux, whereas a Texotica Presidio 15 hangs in as a backup, nevertheless gets historic as his predominant sound source when he does his dangle opening topic.

JD McPherson’s Pedalboard

McPherson runs his guitars into a D’Addario tuner. From there, the stamp hits an Echoplex preampa Fender ’65 Deluxe pedal, a Crowther Hot Cake, a Draw Immense Havelina Fuzz, a Tsakalis AudioWorks Sixan MXR Tremoloa Fender MTG Tube tremoloan Echoplex delayan EHX Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai, and a Dr. Scientist Reverberator and Reverberato—all into a Live Wire Alternatives ABY field leading to JD’s amps.