Below you’ll find an overview of the instruments and equipment used by Jerry during his career.
Baldwin Classical nylon-string
Jerry’s old Baldwin Classic nylon stringed guitar with which he recorded most of his records was in the possession of Paul Yandell for a long time. He returned it to Jerry’s family years ago. This Baldwin was a guitar from the lower price range.
Paul Yandell once said:
“Jerry doesn’t seem to like good, expensive guitars. His favorite guitars are those old Baldwins. He loves them. He loves the necks on them. That’s what he made all those records with. Fender spent thousands of dollars making him a special guitar, and he was right back to that Baldwin.”
The success of this guitar was largely due to the fantastic “Prismatone” pickup. Besides Jerry, Willie Nelson was also very enthusiastic about the Baldwin Prismatone elements. Unlike Jerry, Willie got the elements from the Baldwins, then threw away the guitars and put the elements in his Martin guitars.
Paul Yandell said about the Prismatone: “I think the Prismatone is the best, most balanced piezo ever made. It’s a shame they’re not making it now.”
Gretsch G6120TM Chet Atkins
Ovation Thunderhead X-009
This guitar was specially made for Jerry when he regularly performed at the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Television Show” in 1970.
The guitar has a mahogany (instead of a maple) neck and De’Armond ankle rinse elements. The elements selector switch is positioned as with the Fender Telecaster and also has the same effect.
Furthermore, the guitar has a special pickguard in which the lyrics “Jerry Reed” and “Ovation” are inserted.
Fun fact; Glen Campbell had the same signature guitar, this was the Ovation Thunderhead X-008.
Jerry Reed Dave Plummer Custom Guitar
From left to right: Fender Twin Reverb, Ampeg VT-22, MusicMan 112 RD-50 and Peavey Session 400
In the 1970s, Jerry liked to use the MXR Phase 90 and MXR Dyna Comp effect pedals. A good example of this is the song “Reedology” from the album “Red Hot Picker”.