Read our Jared James Nichols Gear Guide to see what equipment he uses, what amps he uses and what guitar Jared plays.

In this Jared James Nichols Gear Guide we'll take a look at what guitars Jared plays, which amps he uses and quickly discuss his favourite pedals. If you're wondering how to get the magical blues-rock tones of Jared James Nichols then you're in the right place.

Jared James Nichols has established himself as an American blues-rock legend throughout his illustrious career, but his signature tone is something that gear geeks like us absolutely love to try and emulate! Fortunately, it's a fairly simple yet effective setup!

Watch our gear guide video and read on for more:

What guitar does Jared James Nichols play?

Most people reading this gear guide will be eager to know what guitar Jared James Nichols plays. When he's not playing his signature Epiphone (below) he's most commonly seen using a Gibson Les Paul Custom in black. These guitars are all bark and all bite - offering up an incredible amount of power.

We'll take a detailed look at some of the professional level options shortly - but first we must highlight the Epiphone Jared James Nichols Old Glory Les Paul Outfit Black. A budget-friendly and accessible Les Paul model from the celebrated Epiphone brand.

This awesome guitar comes equipped with a classic 1955-style Les Paul Custom body, a single Seymour Duncan P-90 pickup, Ebony fingerboard, Grover Rotomatic tuners as well as an EpiLite case. So hopefully soon you'll be following in the footsteps of this blues-rock legend.



If you're at the other end of the spectrum and already working to an incredibly high standard onstage or in the studio it's worth looking at the Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom, pictured here in black. This stunning take on one of the world's most popular guitars represents the very pinnacle of Gibson craftsmanship


What amp does Jared James Nichols use? 

Jared James Nichols also has a signature Blackstar amps stack as well as a signature 20 watt Blackstar combo. If you're a super fan and really want to go the whole way in emulating James Nichols' tone then you should take a look at the Blackstar Limited Edition Jared James Nichols Amp Stack.

The Blackstar Jared James Nichols Amp stack bundle includes the JJN-20RH Jared James Nichols Signature Amp Head and the JJN-212VOC 2 x 12" Signature Speaker Cabinet.

If you don't have enough room for a full stack, we also recommend the all new JJN-20R MkII. This Jared James Nichols JJN-20RH MkII signature valve amp combo is a smaller version of his stack - but still extremely powerful.

This 20 watt powerhouse Valve amplifier is powered by 2 x EL84 power amp valves giving you that massive sonic push. These valves are at the tonal heart of the JJN-20R MkII combo and provide some seriously blues-rock tones.

Blackstar JJN-20R Jared James Nichols Signature Combo Amplifier
Blackstar JJN-20R Jared James Nichols Signature Combo Amplifier

The Blackstar JJN-20R MkII Jared James Nichols Combo amp has been finished in a stunning racing green tolex to match the bigger stack version.

The Unique Jared James Nichols panel design looks incredible, whilst the footswitchable Clean and BLUESPOWER channels do all the talking when it comes to tone. Bedroom players will be pleased as you can reduce the power down to 2 watts. A USB audio out, XLR D.I. Out, and studio quality reverb provide great options for live and studio work.

A 2-button footswitch is included and the Celestion G12T-75 speaker sounds incredible at all volumes - we suggest trying one out!

What pedals does Jared James Nichols use?

Jared James Nichols uses the legendary and often fabled Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive Guitar Pedal. These are quite hard to come by and might not be affordable to the average guitar player. Don't worry though, we've got lots of options here at PMT that will get you on the way to sounding like Jared James Nichols.

The Keeley Oxblood Overdrive Pedal is probably one of the closest pedals you can get to an original Klon, and it won't cost you a fortune! This has been modelled on a Klon, but offers a far more reliable and versatile tone. You can even get Clean drive, Distortion, and all out Fuzz sounds from this thing!

Keeley Oxblood Overdrive Pedal
Keeley Oxblood Overdrive Pedal

The Boss BD-2W Waza Craft Blues Driver Pedal is a great all-around blues drive pedal. This is essentially a high performance, fresh take on the classic Boss BD-2 Blues Driver pedal and is a great example of the Boss Waza pedals range.

Boss BD-2W Waza Craft Blues Driver Guitar Pedal
Boss BD-2W Waza Craft Blues Driver Guitar Pedal

Next up we've decided to highlight the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food. This pedal has incredible touch and response. Its circuitry boasts boosted power rails to provide extreme headroom and increased definition.

Electro Harmonix Soul Food Transparent Overdrive Pedal
Electro Harmonix Soul Food Transparent Overdrive Pedal

We'd also recommend reading our best overdrive pedals blog, should you want a few different options as we discuss many of the industry standard drive pedals.

Jared James Nichols Gear Guide - Summary

Just to quickly summarise this Jared James Nichols Gear Guide - he's a dream artist to follow in the footsteps of because so much signature gear is available. You don't have to invest in top of the range gear to try and emulate that sound, with great bits of equipment like the Epiphone Jared James Nichols Old Glory Les Paul Outfit Black on offer.

With that being said, here at PMT we've got you covered if you do want to hit the professional heights of a Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop. Whether you're playing at home or tackling mainstages, these guitars are incredibly rewarding, built with immense attention to detail.

If you have any further thoughts or questions on this gear guide then don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We can provide further information on any of the equipment mentioned here if required. Shop a full range of guitars at PMT Online now!