Richie Kotzen: premier guitar interview

Kudos to Mark McGuigan for spotting this one

When asked if "Tone is in the hands."

Richie Kotzen says:
I agree with that. The thing about gear is that if I have a shitty amp or a good amp, in general I’m still going to sound like me. I’m going to play stuff that I would play. If I have a great amp, it’s going to make it easier for me to play. It’s going to make it easier for me to express myself, so therefore I’m going to play better.

The real core of what you’re doing of course comes out of your hands, but so many times you can plug through an amp that’s just god-awful. You gotta roll with it. You gotta do what the amp is capable of doing because if you try to do everything and the amp is only capable of some things, you’re not going to be able to do what you gotta do.
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