It all started at a very young age. Pontus got his first guitar at the age of four. He played on and off in local bands for years until he met Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody in London, England 1995. That was when the life as a touring rock musician started. He also did several tours with Status Quo drummer John Coghlan. Later he founded the band Skinny Molly together with Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mike Estes and founding Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek. Pontus left the band in 2005 to focus on other projects in NYC. His lifestyle brought him to his deathbed in February 2007 and it is a miracle that he is alive. Since 2008 Pontus has been touring as a Christian rock musician and he is travelling under the name ”The Rockin’ Reverend Pontus J, Back”. He has released four solo albums since then and on the 2016 release HOPE, he re-connects with old friends as Dave Hlubek, John Coghlan and Pete Rees (Gary Moore). 2017 he released a totally different album Rockabilly Redneck.
Today Pontus is using a Taurus Stomp-Head amp and a 1 x 12” Taurus cabinet, the fabulous Taurus Servo together with some of the Taurus effects with Harley Benton guitars.
- I first found out that a guitar does not have to be expensive. For years I have played Gibsons and Fenders but I sold my Les Paul for a Harley Benton and I only play them today, Pontus says.
- Last years I tried out different amps. Because of the variety of music I play today I could not find an amplifier that had all I needed so I had to enter into the world of effect pedals. For example, when I play Rockabilly I need a fast delay and when I play worship I need a good clean sound. I tried the Taurus stomp head and I could not believe what I heard. Both the clean and the distortion channels are awesome. The first amp I tried with the features I needed. The best is that it all fits in my pedalboard and it is so cool to have everything in one place. The best of all is that it sounds great, Pontus says.