Derek Phelps's Experience:
Guitar Tech / Brad Whitford at AerosmithAugust 1999 - February 2002 | Hanover, MA
I took care of Brad Whitford's guitars and gear for "Just Push Play" tour and did Millennium tour of Japan for New Years Eve 1999....Brad has many cool vintage guitars and amps and was a great person to work for. We always see each other when Aerosmith is out on tour. A great band and Iconic songs.
Guitar Tech / Rich Robinson at The Black CrowesOctober 1996 - August 1999 | Atlanta, GA
I was Rich's tech for many tours and recording projects. Tons of guitars, open tunings and tube amps. A great experience working for what is and will be one of the "all time greats" in live music. An amazingly talented and awesome group. I was lucky to have had the opportunity.
Guitar Tech at Mary Chapin CarpenterJune 1995 - August 1995 | Nashville, TN
Was Chapin's tech for a Summer tour taking care of the acoustics, many open tunings, capos, wireless and mostly outdoors. Couldn't have been an better first gig. Great people and every challenge any tech could face.
Luthier at Gibson Custom ShopJanuary 1993 - June 1995 | Nashville, TN
Worked alongside of Tom Murphy and Edwin Wilson doing QC, Final Assembly and helped developed the aging processes in use today at the Custom Shop. I was on the early team with a total of 14 people. Was an awesome experience.
Luthier at Tom Anderson GuitarworksSeptember 1990 - November 1992 | Newbury Park, CA
Worked in production taking rough lumber to the best finished necks and bodies for the Tom Anderson series Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, Pensa Suhr Guitars and many other custom builders. Also assisted in the pickup department winding coils for the Tom Anderson guitars and replacement pickups.
Luthier at Valley Arts GuitarsAugust 1988 - September 1990 | Studio City, CA
Worked upstairs in Repairs/Building for Valley Arts Custom. Handled various types of guitar repairs, fret jobs, guitar setups and custom building of guitars and assembly.
Darryl Jones (Bass Tech) at The Rolling StonesOctober 2012 - Present | Around the World
Backline crew member... Gig nights I take care of a great man and bassist, Darryl Jones. During the day, I am called on to assist w any other guitar issues on stage left or right. I am fortunate to work within a very strong and qualified team.