Keith Richards Guitar Rig

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones guitar rig and equipment setup info

Keith Richards Fender 52 Tele

1950’s Fender Telecaster – Butterscotch Blonde

Keiths Richards Main Guitar

 Micawber is the name of Keith’s butterscotch Fender Telecaster. It’s butterscotch blonde color with a black pickguard & a stock 3 way switch. Removed 6th string, open G (G,D,G,B,D) tuning. Gauges .011,.015,.018,.030,.042. It has replacement tuners and brass bridge and nut is altered for 5 strings. Gibson PAF humbucker in neck position, Fender lap steel pickup in the bridge.  Used on tracks including “Before They Make Me Run”, “Brown Sugar”, “Mixed Emotions”, and “Honky Tonk Women”.

Keith Richards Telecaster

Keith Richards Guitar Rig and Setup


– Fender ’52 Telecaster – Butterscotch Blonde (this is like Keith’s main axe)

– Natural finish 50’s Fender Telecaster

– Fender telelcaster sunburst

– Music Man Silhouette guitar

– Fender Stratocaster

– Fender Classic Series ’72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar

– Gibson ES-355 Guitar

– Gibson Les Paul Custom (he used these a lot in the 60’s and 70’s)

– Gibson Les Paul TV

– Gibson Les Paul Standard

– Ampeg Dan Armstrong



Keith Richards Live Guitar Amp Rig

-1957 Fender Twin

-Fender Bassman 4×10

Keith Richards Guitar Amp Stage Backline


– Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

– MXR  Phase 100

– MXR Phase 90 “Script” version

– MXR Analog Delay

– Zinky Master Blaster clean boost pedal

– Ibanez UE-400 multi-effects

2 thoughts on “Keith Richards Guitar Rig

  • March 14, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Keith has more money in guitars than I have in my 401Ks. Of course, I have to pay for my guitars and his are free. I do share his love for Teles, but mine is just a Squier Classic Vibe. Still a very nice guitar and it doesn’t have to withstand the rigors of touring.

    • July 21, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Agreed! Free Telecasters would be nice too. I guess I’d have a much bigger collection if that was the case


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