I have been a fan for years! Love his playing. He's one of those guys who is incredibly sneaky good, if that makes any sense. He's definitely a guitar players guitar player. Reserved when he has to be, but can let it rip when needed. Key word being when needed. Amazing slide player and finger style player as well.
I'm still processing his latest solo album, Emotional Bends. His slide work and groove on Hang Me on The Line is just perfect. Talk about tone!
More recently I've seen him playing Duesenburgs. When I saw him with John Mayer a few weeks ago he really only played 3 guitars... Duesenburg C.C. and a Double Cat as well as a Les Paul. He usually plays a Matchless, a fender or a marshall. This tour he's using something different, head and cab style. I could not I.D. the amp. Does anybody have any idea?
I got to see him with McCartney in 89... he was freakin' awesome, just nailed the "Maybe I'm Amazed" solo and made it his own. I've always loved his playing, whether it be in The Pretenders, w/ PM or with JM. I would imagine the guy has tons and tone of gear from all the stuff he's done, not to mention a lot of touring money too!
I think he's great...one of the more 'tasteful' lead guys out there. I think Mayer probably dos under-use him, but when I saw them play together, they did a jaw-dropping duet jam on the Slow Dancing theme. Really cool stuff.