Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. In this instalment, we caught up with Damon Bredin, guitarist for local deathcore collective Gravemind, who released their debut album Conduit last Friday.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My ESP E-II NT-7B Tiger Eye Fade Guitar with Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups, mahogany body with a quilted maple top, maple neck and an ebony fretboard.
How did you come across this particular item?
It was an Australian exclusive run of E-II’s that came through Guitar Factory Parramatta last year, one being the Tiger Eye and the other being the Deep Blue E-II, both limited to 5 units so it was a quick and easy decision to make about buying one. ESP guitars have always been the most comfortable to play for me personally and the addition of a Hipshot bridge sold it for me.
What is it that you like about it so much?
The Luminlay side dots. There’s nothing worse than playing a show and having the lights go dark halfway through a song with no idea where you are. They’ve saved me so many times. That aside, the Hipshot bridge makes it a lot more comfortable to play, the push/push coil split is a lot of fun and I really love the look of having no inlays on the fretboard.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I use it as my primary guitar for live shows and it’s my go to guitar when I’m writing and recording. Getting a new guitar is always exciting to start writing with and it can provide an initial burst of inspiration but I found more while recording our debut album that experimenting with different tunings helps the ideas flow a lot more and this guitar holds everything pretty well considering we play in such a low tuning.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
We have Dead of Winter Fest in Brisbane on Saturday July 13, our debut album Conduit coming out on Friday July 19 through Greyscale Records and the Greyscale Showcase on Saturday August 10 - with a lot more to be announced in the coming months!
Conduit is out now via Greyscale Records.