The current European guitar scene is overflowing with exploratory guitarists like Noel Akchoté, Gunnar Geisse, David Kollar, and others. Richard Bonnet is another brilliant player in this vein, with chops to spare, but used in the service of pushing boundaries rather than athletics. Grounding in the blues keeps his flights of musical fancy rooted in real emotion as he attacks his custom instrument with abandon. He joins Akchoté and two other European guitarists on Skies [Alina Records] to pay tribute to the music of Ornette Coleman. His solo acoustic work on that record is only a one example of a career that includes electric and acoustic duos, trios, and composing for larger ensembles.
In an effort to encourage Guitar Moderne readers to submit their rigs for the new Reader’s Rig section, I proffer my own basic board. I thought it also might be educational to explain how I arrived at this particular configuration. It involved decades of experimentation with dozens of effects, as well as the knowledge gained by being in the lucky position of reviewing and writing about pedals for many years. That said, I am as neurotic as any other guitarist, so rest assured the experimentation is not over, nor ever likely to be.