Kevin Stewart


Kevin Stewart
Guitarist / Composer

State of Flux (Guitar)

Born in the humble suburbs of Tampa, Florida, Kevin is an American rock/fusion/metal guitarist who earned his living as a full-time musician prior to the COVID19 pandemic.

Kevin began playing guitar at age 14. His story is a simple, yet, familiar one; being exposed to the flamenco guitar stylings of Andres Segovia via a friend, and then later, hearing Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” guitar solo on the radio had awakened an obsession. After convincing his parents with an all As & Bs report card, they relented, and bought him a beginner guitar pack. From there, he would come up with the most savage riffs he could muster with his Squier Affinity Strat and 10 watt Fender amp, gain cranked to 10.

Like many guitarists, Kevin worked his way through a variety of different axes before settling on his current setup: Squier Affinity Strat, Epiphone Goth Explorer, Jackson Dinky, Fender Blackie Stratocaster, Ernie Ball JP6, Ernie Ball JPXI-7, Ernie Ball JP13, Kiesel OM8, Kiesel V8.

The quest for the perfect amplifier was a similar journey: Behringer GMX212, Carvin Legacy II, Fender SuperSonic 22, Mesa Boogie Mark IV, Mesa Boogie JP2C, Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170.

But eventually, with the advent of the modern progressive metal sound came the Axe FX, which Kevin would be exposed to via his prog-metal friends. It would take years until his ‘dream rig’ would be a reality, but Kevin eventually found himself running a Fractal AX8 as his main sound, and sold all of his major amplifiers. Kevin is still on the hunt for gear regularly, but as of now, his current set up is as follows:


Current Gear:

Guitars:

  • Ernie Ball Musicman JP6
  • Ernie Ball Musicman JPX-7
  • Fender Eric Clapton Blackie Stratocaster
  • Kiesel OM8
  • Orangewood Morgan

Amps:

  • Mesa Boogie Mark IV
  • Mesa Engineering 2x12
  • Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170

Pedals:

  • Digitech Whammy
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah
  • Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr.
  • Fractal Audio Systems AX8
  • Ibanez Jemini Distortion
  • TC Electronic Flashback Delay
  • TC Electronic Helix Phaser
  • TC Electronic Vortex Flanger
  • TC Electronic Corona Chorus

Links:

Instagram: @kstewguitar

State Of Flux:

http://www.stateoffluxband.com

Instagram: @st8offlux

 

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