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Peter Frampton on His Love of Guitar Gadgets

Like many of his guitar-playing peers, Peter Frampton is a big fan of gear.

He helped popularize the Talk Box on hits such as "Show Me The Way" and "Do You Feel LIke We Do" and has developed his own version of the device, as well as custom amp switcher, and in 2015 he helped AxCent Tuning Systems LLC launch a new tuning apparatus.

Frampton tells us he's had his love of gear and gadgets for most of his life:

"I've always been very gadget-conscious. I made my own electric (guitar) out of an acoustic when I first started to play and realized through my dad that the tube radio in the living room could actually work as an amplifier as well as a radio. So, that was my amp. So, yeah, I've been a gadget freak and therefore an engineer for my own records for many years. It's very interesting to me."


Frampton is in the midst of a busy 2017; He's currently playing acoustic shows through April 19, then starts a summer tour with the Steve Miller Band on June 15 in Holmdel, N.J.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.