Keith Scott (musician)

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Keith Scott
Scott in 2003 at Madrid
Scott in 2003 at Madrid
Background information
Birth nameKeith Douglas Scott
Born (1954-07-20) July 20, 1954 (age 66)
Vancouver, British Columbia
GenresRock, hard rock, soft rock
Occupation(s)Musician, Guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, backing vocals
Years active1971–present
Associated actsBryan Adams, The Fontanas, Jann Arden

Keith Douglas Scott (born July 20, 1954) is a Canadian guitarist. He is best known for his long-term collaboration with the singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, for whom he plays lead guitar.[1] He has also worked with Cher, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Tom Cochrane, Craig Northey, João Pedro Pais, Jann Arden and other musicians.

Early life and career[edit]

Scott was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, where his father played jazz piano and his mother sang occasionally. While still at school, he learned how to play the acoustic guitar and, by the time he was 17, he had acquired a used 1960s Fender Stratocaster, which was to become a regular instrument. Many of his musical influences, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, were also associated with this instrument.[2]

Scott formed a band with people he had met at school but quickly found work with better-known bands such as "Bowser Moon", The Handley Page Group and Zingo,[3] playing about 300 shows a year in the then lucrative nightclub scene.

Bryan Adams[edit]

Bryan Adams has described Scott as "the most underrated guitarist ever".[4] Scott was introduced to Adams in Ontario in the summer of 1976.[3] As the 1970s were coming to an end, he started doing some recording work for the then-unknown Adams. This proved successful and within a year Scott was touring with Adams. They have been together on stage ever since.[5]

With Bryan Adams during their tour in Bangalore, India in 2011.

Musical style and influence[edit]

Writing for Premier Guitar, Nashville bassist and producer Victor Brodén wrote: "Keith Scott [...] is an endless source of inspiration for me. His solos are immediate. And anyone is able to sing them after just one or two listens. He plays the most simple, hooky, major-scale melodies, mixes them with a little blues to make them slightly dirty, and then finishes it all off with a right-hand attack and intent that floors me." Brodén added: "I try to craft my bass lines like Keith crafts guitar solos."[6]

Instruments and equipment[edit]

The Gretsch company produced a "Keith Scott Nashville Gold Top" signature guitar, to Scott's specifications.[7]

Keith mainly uses a Fender Stratocaster when on tour with Bryan Adams though he does change guitars throughout the set. In the early to mid 80s he used a Gibson Les Paul more and towards the end of the 80s he used a Telecaster on tour.

Keith uses a variety of Boss Pedals as well as an Ibanez Tube Screamer.


  1. ^ Jones, Allan. "PICTURES: Bryan Adams delivers a great concert at the BIC". Bournemouth Daily Echo. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Keith Scott Interview September 2011".
  3. ^ a b band "Archive/Band Area" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  4. ^ "Keith Scott, my loyal and humble friend and the most underrated guitarist ever". Twitter. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. ^ "'Get Up!': Bryan Adams Talks New Album, Guitars and Working with Jeff Lynne".
  6. ^ Brodén, Victor (13 June 2013). "The Muse and the Guitarists That Spark It". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Gretsch Keith Scott Nashville Features Stunning Gold Top". Winter 1999. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2009-06-07.

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