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Some of Peter's guitarsPeter Frampton has a very distinctive sound and many musicians and fans alike have asked how he gets to sound like he does. This page will give a full list of equipment used by Peter, including information about the famous 'TalkBox' device that Peter uses.
Peter poses in 1983 with 5 of his favorite guitars

THE TALKBOX - what the heck IS that?!!

That weird 'talking guitar' sound you can hear on 'Show Me The Way' is produced by a gadget called the 'TalkBox', that Peter first came across in 1971 when he heard a pedal steel player using it on the sessions for George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass'. Peter was so impressed that he found out where he could get one from - a company called HEIL Sound in California made and marketed them. Peter got his first one in 1974 and has been using one live since then!

It works like this: A small audio speaker or high end driver is enclosed, air tight, into a metal box with a hole in the top where a tube comes out. The guitar is plugged into an amp, but the speaker output is routed through the TalkBox. Then the signal is routed back from the box into the amp again. So, the sound from the guitar is sent through the box, up the tube to a waiting mouth, where the sounds are manipulated by Peter, before being picked up by the microphone! So by this method you can mouth the words while the sound of the guitar replaces the human voice box....hence the name TalkBox! Of course, Peter doesn't use the effect on every song........but you can hear it lately on the album 'Frampton Comes Alive II' on the song 'Can't Take That Away'.

WARNING: The only bad thing about the TalkBox is that it rattles your teeth around!

Don't forget to check out the Framptone range of products for guitarists!

Peter is also a great encourager of potential guitarists - he actively supports and endorses the eMedia Guitar Method which uses video, MIDI, audio and other aids to get guitarists up and running, from beginner to advanced. Go see!

The Complete Peter Frampton Equipment List!

Here is the full list of gear that Peter uses on a regular basis to achieve his sound.

GUITARS

Tacoma Acoustic C3 Chief Series
Gibson Les Paul Classic (1960)
Gibson Les Paul - Peter Frampton model
G&L 'ASAT'
Gibson Les Paul JR (1958)

OTHER GOOD STUFF

Custom Audio Electronics RS-10 Pedal (expanded)
Ernie Ball 25K Stereo Volume Pedal
Frampton Talk Box
3X Marshall 100W Heads
1X Marshall 50W Heads
Mesa Boogie Mark IV
3X Marshall 1960 BV 4x12 cabinets
Ampeg Echo Twin 2x12 Combo

MORE STUFF

Hammond/Suzuki Leslie Cabinet
2X Digital Music Corp GCX Switchers
2X Digital Music Corp System Mix
TE 1210 Chorus
Boss, SE70 Harmonizer
TC 2290 Delay
Korg DL800 Delay
Custom Audio Electronics 3+Preamp
DBX 1066 Compressor/Late
Rack mounted MXR Phaser
Foxxtone
Mutron Octave
Ampeg Overdrive
Ibanez TS-9 Distortion
D'Addario Strings
Little Lanilei Tube Amp

Here are some other links to Frampton approved companies!
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Click here for the REALLY technical stuff!