Published by Jude Gold
Jude Gold is a true Renaissance man in the world of guitar. He splits his time between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, working as a session player and sideman for many artists, including Jefferson Starship, Brendon Small, Miguel Migs, JGB, Eddie Money, and more. He’s also a noted guitar journalist with Guitar Player magazine, with hundreds of interviews and articles to his credit. To top it all off, Jude is a devoted educator who served as the Director of the Guitar Program at the esteemed Musicians Institute for four years and is currently an instructor there.
While he’s a highly versatile player and proficient in many different styles, Jude is noted for his signature “full-contact” slap-guitar playing. With a unique, energetic approach, he abuses his axe with slaps and taps to produce rapid-fire rhythms, harmonics, and raw funk grooves. You can sample Jude’s impressive and entertaining playing in this style by firing up YouTube and searching for his debut music video, “Funkytown.”
Jude has been a BOSS player for a long time, and he currently uses a wide range of BOSS stomps for his various playing activities. He also employs the Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster®, which he loves for its instant access to different sounds and altered tunings. For Edition 35 of the BOSS Tone Radio podcast, we talked with Jude about his diverse career, favorite BOSS gear, and more.
To listen to the complete conversation, visit BOSS Tone Radio.
You’ve played a lot of gigs with Jerry Garcia’s band, Eddie Money, Greg Howe, Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin, and others. Are there any that stand out?
Oh man, there are so many. I guess for me, it always comes down to the same thing though, which is the reason why many of us play guitar—once in a while, we all have those gigs where your feet don’t touch the ground, you know? For whatever reason, everything is just working and the music is flowing through you and you’re playing stuff that you didn’t even know you could play. I live for those moments, and those moments can happen anywhere. I think that’s the beauty of music. You never know when that magic can happen, and I do remember those gigs.
You’re definitely into the groove, and you describe your playing with the terms “deep pocket” and “evil funk.” What do they mean to you?