Classically Trained Country Guitarist Dan Weller Knows how to Tailor his Tone!

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Seymour Duncan Artist Dan Weller

Dan Weller is a multi-faceted guitarist-vocalist based in Nashville.  Over the years, he’s toured with several independent and major label artists in front of audiences as large as 500,000.

Dan Weller began playing guitar at age 8. He kept disappearing with his dad’s classical trying to figure out how to play, so his folks decided to fan his interest and started lessons. Dan studied classical and finger-style guitar through college venturing into rock and jazz while in high school. At 16, he started playing in rock bands, eventually branching out into country bands as well. After college, a group of friends started a rock project that received national airplay and interest from several major labels. Building up his rock and country chops in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Dan became a side man with Austin and Nashville-based country artists. The ability to read music, write charts, play a few different instruments, sing, and work in multiple musical genres has allowed Dan to keep working pretty steadily over the years. Having a formal music background has been great but nothing beats going out and actually “doing it!”

Why did you change out your stock pickups?
“Originally, it was to go from a S-S-S to a H-S-S setup in a Strat.  A friend recommended the Duncan JB: that was in ’98, and I haven’t looked back. Now, I change out the stock pickups because Duncan pickups simply sound better. It also allows me to really tailor the guitar tone to fit the gig and the rig.”

Which pickups do you use and for which guitars?
“Right now, I have 59’s in my Reverend, Gibson, and Heritage guitars.  JB, SSL-1, and Jazz in a custom G&L Legacy. The Jerry Donahue is one of the best Tele pickups I’ve ever heard or used! ‘59 and JB combos in my Charvels.  Duncan Custom and Vintage Staggered in a couple old Kramers. Over the years, I’ve also used the Little 59, JB Jr., Classic Stack, Hot Stack, Hot Rails, Five-Two, Custom Stack Plus, Quarter Pound, Antiquity Humbucker, Custom 5, Custom Custom, and Full Shred pickups.

“With my Seymour Duncan pickups I have better and consistent tone thanks to the wide variety of options available with all the  standard pickup offerings as well as custom windings from the Custom Shop. I get amazing flexibility thanks to the four-conductor wiring. I am more creative when the tone and feel are right.”

How would you describe the sound of those pickups?
“Bliss.

“My Seymour Duncan pickups are the bridge between the tone in my head and the tips of my fingers!”

How would you describe your playing?  How would you describe your music?
“As a sideman, I land in all kinds of live and studio musical situations: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Country, Rap, Metal, Rock, Contemporary Christian. As a result, I get to use a variety of instruments and playing styles: hybrid picking, finger-style, sweep, slide, traditional pick playing, etc.”

Have you used any of the Seymour Duncan pedals?
“Yes!  The Pickup Booster, Deja Vu Tap Delay, and the Shape Shifter Tremolo. I love the resonance switch on the Pickup Booster. It’s is really handy and adds a lot of flexibility to the pedal. I love the ratio mode and tap on the Shape Shifter Tremolo. The modulation, loop, wet/dry mix, and CC control make the Deja Vu Delay an amazingly versatile and colorful pedal live and in the studio!”

COLT FORD TOUR DATES
For more, information, please go to:
http://www.coltford.com/tour
Sept. 2             Woodstock, VA
Sept. 3             Wilmington, NC
Sept. 4             Murrells Inlet, SC
Sept. 10           Goldsboro, NC
Sept. 11           Hampton, VA
Sept. 13           Crownsville, MD
Sept. 15           Nashville, TN
Sept. 16           Pine Bluff, AR
Sept. 18           Rossville, GA
Sept. 23           Marietta, GA
Sept. 24           Winchester, KY
Sept. 30           Raleigh, NC
Oct. 3              Winston-Salem, NC
Oct. 8              Shreveport, LA
Oct. 9              Dallas, TX
Oct. 12            Chase City, VA
Oct. 14            Gulf Shores, AL
Oct. 15            Perry, GA
Oct. 19            Jacksonville, FL
Oct. 21            Aiken, SC
Oct. 22            Huntsville, AL
Oct. 27            Ladson, SC
Oct. 29            Petal, MS
Nov. 2             Niagara Falls, NY
Nov. 3             Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 4             Fort Wayne, IN
Nov. 5             Rootstown, OH
Nov. 11           Baton Rouge, LA
Nov. 16           Port Charlotte, FL
Nov. 17           Davie, FL
Nov. 18           Tampa, FL
Nov. 19           Rome, GA
Nov. 25           Charenton, LA
Nov. 26           Jackson, MS
Nov. 30           Mesa, AZ

About Colt Ford:
Critics raved over Colt Ford’s 2010 release, Chicken and Biscuits, which featured collaborations with Randy Houser, James Otto, Nappy Roots, Josh Gracin, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley and more; however his latest release, which hit stores nationwide last Spring Every Chance I Get, is the highest-selling debut of his career and features collaborations with Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels, and more. With over 50,000 units sold the first month, it also nabbed the #3 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart debut week. The lead single off the album is fastest-rising “Country Thang,” and latest release is a ballad about his 16-year-old daughter featuring Craig Morgan called “She Likes To Ride In Trucks.” In early 2011, Ford reached a milestone of over 1.5 million paid digital downloads and over 500,000 units sold with releases “Ride Through The Country” (2008)–which featured John Michael Montgomery and helped him earn his first ACM nomination for “Cold Beer” with Jamey Johnson–and “Chicken and Biscuits” (2010), Ford’s albums have been consistently ranked on the Billboard Country Album Charts. Ford will perform over 200 live shows in 2011 with previous major tours alongside Jason Aldean, Hank Williams Jr., and Larry the Cable Guy. For more information, visit http://www.coltford.com

In the last year, on tour with Colt Ford, Dan Weller has performed with Kid Rock, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Evans, Eric Church, Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, Josh Thompson, Chris Young, David Nail, Sunny Sweeney, Josh Gracin, Mark Wills, DMC (of Run-DMC), Edwin McCain, James Otto, Corey Smith, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Rachel Farley, Brantley Gilbert, Steve Holy, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Steel Magnolia, Jane Dear Girls, Bush Hawg, Tyler Farr, Ash Bowers, and Sunny Ledfurd

For more details on Dan go to:
http://www.danweller.com/
http://www.facebook.com/danwellermusic
http://www.coltford.com/
http://www.facebook.com/coltford
http://www.youtube.com/coltfordvideo

Written on August 30, 2011, by evan

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