Pat Metheny’s Gear

Pat Metheny's Gear

Pat Metheny may perhaps be the most well-acclaimed jazz guitarist today. He became well-versed in jazz in his teens touring with Gary Burton. More recently, he has worked with his Pat Metheny Unity group expanding the boundaries of modern jazz.


Pat Metheny Ibanez  

  • Ibanez Pat Metheny Signature PM-100 – Pat’s current main guitar which he has used for many years
  • Gibson ES-175 – The classic jazz hollow-body guitar. A guitar he used mainly in the 1970’s and 80’s.
  • Roland G-303 Guitar Synth – He uses this to create an interesting texture (see video at bottom)
  • Manzer Acoustic Guitar
  • Manzer Picasso 42-String Guitar


  • Acoustic 134 Combo Amp – Used for 20 years until the mid 1990’s
  • Digitech GSP-2101 Preamp – His main amp after the Acoustic 134


While Pat Metheny doesn’t use many effects, he does use a pair of Lexicon Delays:

“the output of the Digitech is run into 2 lexicon prime-time digital delay lines, one on my left at 14 ms delay, one one my right at 26 ms delay. each delay has a very slight “pitch bend” controlled by the VCO (sine wave) inside the prime-time. this is what gives it the “chorused” thing…”      


  • Lexicon Prime Time II Digital Delay Model 
  • Roland GR-300 – Plays in conjunction with his synth guitar
  • Roland FC-300 Midi Footswitch

Sources: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, GuitarWorld 1, Guitar World 2, Pat Metheny Website, Guitar Player Interview Transcript

5 Replies to “Pat Metheny’s Gear”

  1. This pick assortment is awesome! I got the 101 ct assortment. Colors are various and fantastic – solid colors, tie dye and pearl colors! This includes 4 different sizes: Thin (also .5mm), Medium (also .8mm), Heavy (also 1.0mm), and Extra Heavy (also 1.2mm). As a side note, the extra 1 pick is actually a metal pick with just the Pick Geek branding on it (you can see it in the picture on the top of the stack on their product listing). The carrying pouch is very convenient for transporting the picks in a backpack or something. Definitely a quality pick and an excellent value!

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