What Guitar Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
Kevin Roosevelt Moore better known as Keb’ Mo’ is a five times grammy award winning American blues musician. He is a singer/songwriter and guitarist originally from Compton, California who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His first drummer, Quentin Dennard first called him Keb’ Mo’ and the record company liked it and considered it to be a “street talk” way of saying his name.
What Kind Of Guitar Does Keb’ Mo’ Play?
His favourite guitar was an Epiphone Blues master that got stolen sometime ago. When Gibson asked Keb’ about making a signature guitar, he based it on his Epiphone Bluesmaster. He says he now has an Epiphone Bluesmaster but an upgraded version. This Gibson signature guitar is his guitar of choice. He also plays or has played the following;
- Hamer Monaco III
- Epiphone Riviera
- Fender Stratocaster
- Suhr S-type
- Paul Reed Smith Custom
- Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic
- Will Hirsch Acoustic
- Gibson Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster Acoustic
- Republic Highway 61 Resonator
- Bedell Nylon String
- Beard Acoustic guitar
- Yamaha Orange Label Acoustic
- Yamaha Red Label FS3 Acoustic
- National Reso Rocket
He says he only owns one vintage guitar which is an old 30s Dobro, he plays guitars that “feel right” he doesn’t want a guitar to look at, but to play.
Who Has Keb’ Mo’ Worked With During His Long Career?
Keb’ has worked with many great artists during his career including;
- Les Falconer III
- Warren Haynes
- Joe Walsh
- Reggie McBride
- Gregg Allman
- Bonnie Raitt
- Robbie Brooks Moore (his wife)
- Booker T. Jones
- Susan Tedeschi
- Papa John Creach
- Robert Randolph
- Rosanne Cash
- Sonny Landreth
- Earl Klugh
- Buddy Guy
- Keith Richards
- Stefan Grosman
- James Burton
- Albert Collins
- Taj Mahal
- Big Joe Turner
- Matt “Guitar” Murphy
- Sheryl Crow
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Jackson Browne
- Albert Lee
- Jaci Velasquez
- Grace Potter
- Blake Mills
- Lizz Wright
- Vince Gill
- Sheila E.
- Steve Cropper
- And Many More
What Strings Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
Keb’ uses D’Addario .010 strings on his electric guitars, D’Addario .012 strings on his electric slide guitars, D’Addario Phosphor Bronze .012 strings on his acoustic guitars and D’Addario Phosphor Bronze .013 strings on his resonator guitars.
What Amps Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
Keb’ says he’s not a gear head, he uses equipment that sounds good to him. He uses or has used the following amps;
- Fender Deluxe Blackface Reissue
- Mesa Boogie Mark IV Combo
- Egnater Rebel 30
What Effects Pedals Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
He isn’t all that enamoured with effects either, he uses or has used;
- MXR M109S Six Band EQ
- L.R. Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Preamp
- Big Joe Stompbox Co. Empire Drive
- Empress ParaEq
What Pickups Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
On his Epiphone Riviera he changed the P-90 pick-ups for P-100s because he said the P-90s were too noisy. He also says his Gretsch Electromatic has a single-coil in the neck position and a humbucker in the bridge position. The Keb’ Mo’ signature Gibson Bluesmaster has a L. R. Baggs Element pick-up with a soundhole mounted volume switch. His red Hamer also has P-100 pick-ups. He also owns a Gibson ES-335 shaped resonator that has a P-90 pick-up.
What Chords Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
Keb’ uses open chords for much of his fingerstyle playing including D7 and A7 and some jazz type chords like E11, F7b5 and G13.
What Pick Does Keb’ Mo’ Use?
Keb’ uses his fingers most of the time for picking but he also uses fingerpicks (National 0.25 weight) on steel guitars because he says he likes the “clankiness” he says he prefers the brass ones but does use steel as well. He’s also experimenting on using just a thumb pick (Golden Gate) on acoustic guitars. When he’s flatpicking he uses a Jim Dunlop heavy tortoiseshell pick.
What Kind Of Music Does Keb’ Mo’ Play?
Keb’ plays Americana, country blues and delta blues.
How To Play Guitar Like Keb’ Mo’
Keb’ uses many open chords that he slides up and down the fretboard to get that authentic blues sound. He also learned how to strum later in his career with much of his music played using fingerpicking. To play like him you’ll need to perfect your fingerpicking techniques and your slide skills too.
Keb’ uses a ceramic slide because he prefers the sound and feel of the ceramic slide compared to glass or steel. He prefers the Mudslide by Moonshine Slides.
What Age Did Keb’ Mo’ Learn Guitar?
When he was 10 he started playing the trumpet in the school band before moving onto the steel drums and other percussion instruments then his uncle invited him to try the guitar. He says that as soon as he played guitar he knew he’d found his instrument. He said “When I put my hand on the guitar the first time, that was it, two weeks later I was playing the guitar, finger-picking and the whole thing. I knew four chords, five chords-I was ready to rock”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Keb’ Mo’ plays a signature Gibson which is based on his old Epiphone Bluesmaster that he had stolen some years ago.
Keb’ Mo’ plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, keyboard, harmonica and he sings too.
Keb’ Mo’ uses a National Reso Rocket and a Republic travel resonator.
Keb’ Mo’ is married to Robbie Brooks Moore; they got married in 2006.
Keb’ Mo’ is an abbreviation of his full name which is Kevin Roosevelt Moore.