Spend some time with Keith Urban's rig and you'll have more than a couple "Wait…what!?" moments. Sure, every major player worth their salt travels with a backup rig, but Urban's is a backup Dumble Overdrive Special—for the uninitiated, that's one of the world's rarest, priciest, and most respected amps. And safely tucked away in his guitar boat are '54 and '64 Fender Stratocasters… with the pickups swapped out. But before you cry foul and demand demand Urban's head on a pike for crimes against the precious notions of internet forum "experts," it's important to note that Keith Urban's live tone slays.
Urban's live performances put the guitar front and center in a way that manages to send the teenage-girl and mom crowd into fits of hysteria while simultaneously earning the respect and admiration of the most critical and discerning players and tonehounds. Even the noted curmudgeons of The Gear Page agree, "Nobody is playing guitar right now better than Keith Urban."
So when I heard that Urban and crew were coming to town, I had to see what gear was powering this tonal juggernaut. Guitar tech Chris Miller was extraordinarily accommodating, and as we talked about how each guitar, amp, and effect comprise the Keith Urban sound, all of those "WTF" moments transformed into a profound respect for a guy who builds his rig with a refreshing "whatever gets the job done" sensibility.