Show & Tell: Ethan McCann from Thornhill

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. This month we chat to Ethan McCann, guitarist for Thornhill.

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?

My Ibanez RGIF7 guitar.


How did you come across this particular item?

I came across this guitar in a local music shop, surprisingly. I was in need of a new guitar quite urgently and needed something that could hold our low tuning. I was never a huge fan of Ibanez when I was younger, but I picked it up and fell in love.


What is it that you like about it so much?

My favourite feature is probably the Bare Knuckle Impulse pickups I had custom fitted. I have always preferred the feel of passive pickups, and to then be matched with a perfectly intonated 27” scale, it plays like a dream.



How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?

I use this guitar for all things Thornhill – writing, our live show and some recording. Personally, just having a guitar that holds my tuning accompanied by a good tone is really inspiring when writing. Having an instrument that sounds how you want it to makes the stress of writing just that little bit sweeter.


Tell us a little about what you have coming up?

We have a whole bunch of stuff in the works, but next up is a national tour in August. We will be supporting Make Them Suffer, Silent Planet and Oceans Ate Alaska.


Butterfly is out now via UNFD. Catch Thornhill on tour next month.