This is a basic guide to the guitar work of Mr. Squire. The goal is to
present useful information about the equipment Squire uses and, as
comprehensively as possible, a collection of tablatures of his songs which is presented on the Songbook page. It is by no means a complete listing of "all things John Squire", but
a starting point for the guitar player interested in playing some of
This Guitar page is a brief listing of equipment used over the years, and some related matters.
The equipment and tablatures found on the Songbook page should set you on the right path mimicking his fiery fretworks.
- Introduction : Equipment
- Electric Guitars
- Acoustic Guitars
- Equipment shown on The Stone Roses album sleeve
- Capo Positions
- Interviews and Articles on Guitar Related Matters
The following list of equipment does not intend to be a complete
listing of every piece John Squire has used. Instead, it is a guide to
help create some of the tones and sounds that Squire does. Also, since
the finances and talents of Mr. Squire, compared to the rest of the
populace, are great, the sound he gets is going to vary from song to
song on the albums, and from live recording to live recording. So, use
this as a guide and you shall be all the wiser for it. You’re mileage
may vary, but this is a good start.
Gibson Les Paul (Standard, Custom, and "Black Beauty" Models have been used)
Gretsch Country Gentleman
Heavily modified Fender Jaguar
painted hollow body; double f-hole (unknown model and manufacture; possibly never played on known recording)
Takamine (unknown model)
Silverface Twin Reverb--Seems to be the standard. Unknown as to the exact modifications, but rumored not to be standard. With or without master volume is still a question, but less of an issue with rumored modifications.
Other amps rumored to have been used :
Orange (unknown model)
Marshall (unknown model)
Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress flanger
Ibanez Tube Screamer
Zoom distortion unit
2 Silverface Twin Reverb amplifiers (Unknown if these are
master volume or not; and what modifications)
1 Alesis Quadraverb
1 Gretsch Country Gentleman
1 double f-hole hallow bodied guitar with Pollock paint job
(unknown manufacture, possible Gibson of some sort)
2 floor effects (possibly Boss manufacture, one a Boss flanger)
Elephant Stone - 1st fret
She Bangs the Drums - Open
Waterfall - 4th fret
Don't Stop (Spike Island) - 4th fret
Sugar Spun Sister - 2nd fret
Made of Stone - 2nd fret
This is the One - 2nd fret
The Hardest Thing in the World - 2nd fret
Going Down - 2nd fret
Mersey Paradise - 5th fret
Where Angel's Play - 2nd? fret
A lot of the old songs were written on the 2nd, so when in doubt
try the 2nd. Also, ignore the Blackpool clips for Waterfall and I'm
Standing Here on The Complete Stone Roses video, they took clips
from a few different songs and put them together. Also, there are various
tabs that recommend various capo positions; your mileage may vary.
Currently the only article "Guitar" has in it is from Total
Guitar, Issue 4, March 1995. It has been edited for length and any
content not relating in any way to Squire’s playing. The following are
the relevant bits of the article, The Rise of the Roses.
The actual recording process was simple. Guitarist John Squire
wanted to keep a live sound through much of his guitar playing.
Simon (Dawson, the producer ) explains "John would usually work
out roughly what he was going to play before coming in, and then
do three or four takes with the slant on 'performance' I'd
usually end up using one of those (the one with the best feel),
pinching bits from the other takes if there were any bad
mistakes in the best one. We tried to keep it as 'one take' as
possible." Surprisingly, even though the Roses are currently
considering headlining at Glastonbury, performing the album live
in future wasn't a big consideration. According to Simon "They
wanted to give it a very live feel anyway".
Valuable insight into the album is given by the kind of music
the band listened to at the Rockfield sessions .... for music
they tuned into Aerosmith, Sly & Robbie, Dub War and obscure US
hip hop artists - as well as a sizable chunk of old Chess
rock'n'roll and blues recordings. The band's use of new tunings
on Second Coming was probably inspired by these old recordings
from the 40's and 50's. The single Love Spreads saw John and
Mani dropping to a low D - John used his back-up Les Paul for
this. For the blissfully sweet Your Star Will Shine, John used
Nashville tuning (you make the three bass strings lighter gauge,
then tune them an octave higher than normal - it gives a
ringing, jangley style, perfect for picking). As far as effects
go, according to the album's producer, Simon, John just used an
Echoplex tape delay, a Fuzz Face, an Electric Mistress, a Cry
Baby wah and a Zoom distortion (at the end of Driving South).
Bassist Mani meanwhile occasionally used a SansAmp pre-amp tube
simulator to pump up his Rickenbacker bass and Mesa Boogie rig.
Ten Storey Love Song is the Roses' new single, due out this
month. Surprisingly, it's a triumphant return to their first
album form. Mixolydian meanderings take us into a huge swooping
major chord - you instantly know you're in Roses country here
Take a listen to the new album, and you'll hear that all the
right ingredients are there - in just the right combination.
Squire digs the leads from his '59 Les Paul and Electro-Harmonix
pedals through an old Fender Twin Reverb amp. Another backwards
look over the shoulder in the form of Orange amps was evident
during the recording sessions, as was an old Maestro Echoplex
tape echo unit, again just right for the analogue mood of the
album. Though simple, this set-up is very popular. The
combination of high output Les Paul pickups through the high
gain Fender Twin inputs (made with the low output Strat in mind)
produces a great sound, especially when the Fender Twin has been
hotrodded for extra boost (as Squire's has). On the other side
of the room, Mani's bass consistently holds the project
together, rolling and looping through the song and often being
the melodic standard bearer, while Squire runs at yet another
guitar solo. His sound is warm, round and wholesome, Mani's
Rickenbacker bass and Mesa rig being the perfect counterfoil to
the bright 12" speakers in the Fender Twin."
John 'modded' his twin amp himself using a kit to bypass the
roll off filter providing a more saturated gain stage by some how adding a
more direct line from the pre-amp to the power amp.
A lot of John's guitars were built by Doncaster's own Stuart Palmer, including that
wicked Jag Mutant from One Love & Spike Island, if anyone wants one of these
they vary in price depending on what Jag Stu rebuilds. If it's an original
60's model the charge will be £1500 on top of the £1000 ish for the guitar.
If its a Jap reissue the cost will be £1200 ontop of about £400 for the
guitar, in white, add more for the sunburst finish.
Guitar FAQ by Lionel Teo.
Taken from Original Guitar FAQ and Stone Roses mailing list
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Revised: May 24, 1999