Hello, my name is Fred Lewis and I have been playing Telecasters since I was 18. My biggest influences are local heroes, my dad (Bill Lewis),
Guy Melanson, and Calvin Horner. Other big influences have been Albert Lee, Roy Buchanan, Steve Piticco, Brent Mason and Roy Nichols. I play with several bands and do studio work, and when
there's time I front my own band "Ridin' High".
I have been asked a lot of questions about my tone and
the equipment that I use. It is a very basic set-up; I've found that the less stuff I use, the better it seems to sound! For amps, I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, a 1963 Ampeg Reverb
Rocket, or a Fender Pro Jr.
Depending on the size of the venue, I will run 2 amps, usually the deluxe and Reverb Rocket for larger rooms and the Reverb Rocket
and Pro Jr. for smaller rooms. Lower wattage amps have always worked better for me because I can turn them up and make the tubes work. I use a few effects pedals, but mostly a Boss GE-7
equalizer, CS-3 compressor, and a TU-2 tuner. If I run the Pro Jr. I also use an RV-5 reverb pedal, for distortion I use a DS-2. I use George L cables (they seem to last forever) and a Goodrich
My main guitar is a 1997 California Fat Telecaster, which is currently set-up like this:
- Seymour Duncan Nashville Studio (5-2)
- Seymour Duncan Seth Lover (modified to fit factory pick guard)
- Stock 5-way switch & volume pot
- 1 meg tone pot (w/0.05 cap)
- Joe Barden three saddle bridge (compensated brass saddles)
- Ernie Ball regular slinky 10-46 strings
As much as I've tried to play other guitars, this one is the one I always reached for, it's not the most expensive guitar I've owned
but it's the most playable guitar I have ever owned, and it just feels right.