BERNIE LEADON – Guitars and Amps

Posted: November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Gear of The Eagles

Formed in 1971 and continuing 44 years to this day, the Eagles have solidified their place in the rock and roll history. With six Grammy awards, five American Music Awards, five No. 1 singles, six No. 1 albums and more than 150 million albums sold, the Eagles have had their share of fortune and fame. They’ve also experienced the pitfalls of success, including several lineup changes over the years.

Unlike many bands, however, each member of the Eagles had a distinct personality, a tale to tell, and a sturdy presence on and offstage. As with all musicians, the members of the Eagles changed and continue to change the equipment they use. While it would be impossible to include every single piece of gear they used, we’ve tried to hone in on the core of their sounds and offer the best list possible from the major active periods in the group’s history.

Bernie Leadon’s Guitars & Amps

Bernie Leadon primarily played a brown Fender Telecaster with a B-bender. The guitar has an interesting history; it started as an early ‘60s Tele with a white body and rosewood fretboard. Dave Evans, now of Evans Pull String Guitars, installed a B-Bender, and it was refinished by pedal steel guitar player Red Rhodes to have the natural brown look. The neck pickup was also a full-size humbucker. Leadon used the Tele in this configuration for the first two Eagles albums.

Around the time Don Felder joined in 1974, Leadon bought a ’53 Telecaster with a maple neck and different electronics. He then transferred the neck and electronics into the ‘60s B-bender body and played it in that configuration for the duration of his stay with the group.

Leadon also plays Martin dreadnought acoustics, and on “Witchy Woman,” a tobacco burst Les Paul with mini-humbuckers.

During the current History of the Eagles tour, he keeps with a B-bender Telecaster and brings out the Les Paul for “Witchy Woman.” Currently, he also plays a Huber VRB-75 banjo.

Leadon used a variety of Fender Deluxe Reverbs and Tweed Deluxes.

 

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