Jerry McGowan is a word typer, picture drawer, note player, whiskey drinker, and melancholy fisherman, living in the South-Central Pennsylvania area. He has been actively writing and performing original music since the late '80s.  Jerry's music is an eclectic mix derived from his influences of folk, Americana, rock, jazz, funk, metal, and blues.


I started learning how to play guitar in July of 1989. That was when my friend Bill surprised me by paying off my first guitar which I had on lay-away for almost a year. I literally slept with it (OK just once.)

My musical tastes vary widely and so do my influences…I think. Quite honestly I’m not sure who I’ve taken most of my technique from. I never had any formal training (with the exception of a semester of piano in college.) I learned from books (THE GUITAR HANDBOOK by RALPH DENYER!!!) and watching other people. That’s it. Some of the players that I’ve really focused on are Tony Iommi, Joe Satriani, Joe Pass, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Leo Kotke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Peter Frampton.

As for my equipment, I play mostly Schecter guitars. I discovered them in the late 90s and I've been a fan ever since. I switch between 6 and 7-string models depending on the feel of the song. At this point, I am still fiddling with amplification. Currently I use a 100 watt Carvin V3 2x12 tube combo and/or a solid state rig with a Carvin 1000 watt power amp and two 2x10 BLB custom made cabinets. For effects I am currently using a Digitech RP-1000 multi-effects processor, along with a Line 6 M9 pedal modeller, a Boss SL20 Slicer pedal, and a Digitech Jamman. For keys I use a Roland RS70 and a Kaysound controller.


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Jerry's Guitar Rig 2012