Rick Holmstrom, Mavis Staples, & My Birthday Trip to New Orleans Ask Zac 162

April 17, 2020

For my 50th birthday, my wonderful wife, Amy, took me on a surprise trip to New Orleans to go to Jazz Fest and see Mavis Staples. Through a twist of fate, Mavis played 2 nights later in Nashville, and I was able to have breakfast with Rick. At my studio, he showed off the modified Broadcaster/Nocaster blend wiring he was using in his 56-mongrel Tele, and I asked if I could film it. He obliged and also talked a bit about the joy of working with Mavis, and the fun of working in a 3-piece rhythm section with two vocalists.

Wiring from Steve Fazio

Joe Corley's schematic based on Rick's photos below

Shots of Rick's wiring

Another variation from Fender

Gear used: 2023 Headstrong Lil' King with 12" Eminence GA-SC64 speaker



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