Real-World Rigs: Jackie Greene
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Jackie Greene has come a long way since starting to sit in with bands in Salinas, California, bars as a teenager. Proficient on acoustic and electric guitars, Greene (jackiegreene.com) performs solo and with his band, playing theaters and major festivals, including premier events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and many others.
Playing these kinds of shows is obviously quite different from performing at your local coffeehouse or open mic, yet Greene’s gear is anything but complicated: a Gibson J-45 with an L.R. Baggs iBeam Active pickup, a Sunrise preamp, a Boss TU-2 tuner, and a Fishman Loudbox Performer amp. And while some players are shy about taking their best guitars onstage, Greene feels strongly that this is where a good onstage sound starts: “People who want to augment their setup need to first look at the instrument itself,” he says. “You could sit here all day and have pedals and pedals—and I used to have modeling pedals and whatnot—and I just spent too much time fiddling with it, and less time worrying about what I’m going to play.”
Excerpted from Acoustic Guitar, January 2013