Dave Davies – The Kinks – 1964


A detailed gear diagram of Dave Davies' 1964 The Kinks stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"Everyone thinks you need a huge wall of Marshall stacks to get great tone. That's not tone, that's just loud!" - Dave Davies

Interview Date:

October 2001

GuitarGeek Notes:

Dave was interviewed by phone from his home in sunny California. One of the most pleasant and enjoyable interviews we've ever done here at GuitarGeek. A true gentleman.

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    Adam Cooper's award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, Swervedriver's "Juggernaut Rides" CD as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine's history: Vulgar Display of Power. Before launching GuitarGeek.Com, Adam published the highly respected music zine, Whirlpool, which was distributed worldwide via major record store chains. As a guitarist and songwriter, he formed the band Alison's Halo which released two critically acclaimed records and secured coveted slots with bands like The Verve, Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Butterfly Child, The Apples In Stereo, Gin Blossoms, The Boo Radleys, Stereophonics, Medicine, Lovesliescrushing, Bailter Space and many others.


    1. Zosofancmr says:

      In a recent interview, Shel Talmy (Producer for The Kinks) stated that Dave also used a Pignose amp. Who knows when though.


    2. sustainer says:

      Lovely website and great illustrations,unfortunately Dave Davies played a single cutaway Guild Starfire 3,not a double cutaway 4 model as you’ve shown!

    3. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      I’m sure you are probably right but that’s what Dave said :)

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