I recently stumbled across this 2006 interview with David Grissom by Vintage Guitar magazine. Grissom is a highly regarded guitarist who has played with many people, including the Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Robben Ford, Buddy Guy, and many more. Here’s a snippet of the interview where Grissom is discussing getting his guitar tone:
I think lucking into finding a Paul Reed Smith guitar was a really big thing. When I moved to Austin, everyone was playing Stratocasters, and I had an incredible Strat – still have it – but some part of me said, “I don’t want to play what everyone else is playing.” I got the Paul Reed Smith in ’85 or ’86, just about the first year they came out. And I got them to make me a goldtop a year later. To me, playing a Paul Reed Smith is somewhere between a Les Paul and a Telecaster. Its scale length is between the two. Playing rhythm, there’s a certain clarity to it – which you don’t necessarily get out of a Les Paul. But there’s a certain beefiness that you don’t get out of a Telecaster. The pickups I put in mine are weaker, because I want a clear-sounding humbucker.