Tim Reynolds is a ridiculously gifted guitarist, but he has so much fun at his craft and sparks such great things from his cohorts that he doesnâ€™t always get the shredder cred he deserves. Sure, amphitheatres of Dave Matthews Band fans know the score, but thatâ€™s just one aspect of this full spectrum musician, whose appetite for metal, jazz, prog and more infiltrates his work with his trio TR3. What also makes Reynolds a standout is how adept he is on both electric and acoustic guitars, a worthy (and rare) walker of the narrow path John McLaughlin began cutting in the 1960s. His work is marked by Reynoldsâ€™ gift for flavorful melodies combined with an attack full of sharp bite and interesting changes, offering a smooth yet suspenseful ride. And his aptitude on a range of instruments â€“ percussion, sitar, keys, mandolin, to name but a few â€“ gives his ears and fingers a different lilt than players only skilled at guitar, a trait that keeps the sonics of his music interesting and filled with gently unexpected flashes â€“ something particularly noticeable in his delightfully unorthodox slide work. Plus, heâ€™s one of the few guitarists capable of making one forget about all of Jimmy Pageâ€™s multi-tracking when he tackles Led Zeppelin with TR3. In short, this man is serious business who doesnâ€™t need to carry a big stick to impress. He just does what he does really, really well.
Itâ€™s a treat to offer a slice of Mr. Reynolds mind to DI readers.
- Favorite effects pedal? Why?
- My favorite effects pedal is the Moogerfooger Ring Modulator. It really has its own language from outer space. I’m trying to learn.
- Tastiest guitarist — i.e. not just soloing but also overall playing — currently working six-strings?
- Buddy Miller. Great playing on Band of Joy, Robert Plantâ€™s latest.
- A guitar solo I never get tired of listening to isâ€¦
- Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsiesâ€™ “Who Knows”. It has like three guitar breaks, all amazing; the last one is from another planet.
- Preferred brand of axe? Why?
- Gibson guitars are great; they make so many classic guitars. They always sound full and solid. Also love Fenders and Martin guitars. Different guitars make you play different; they bring out different aspects of feeling in the music.
- AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead or The Byrds â€“ which one gives you the biggest guitar boner? What makes them SO sweet?
- The Beatles. They were the first music I was wild about as a kid. So many great guitar tones and solos throughout their evolution. Greatest songwriting ever.
- One lesser known guitarist folks should check out isâ€¦
- Yamandu Costa. A really amazing Jazz Samba guitarist from Brazil. He plays an eight-string nylon acoustic guitar with complete mastery. Really great!
- What aspect of being a guitarist always makes you happy?
- The fact that it connects me to the dreamworld of music and the freedom of expression.