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 with Ryan Felton, guitarist for Chaos Divine, who have just released their latest single 'Unspoken' and are heading out on tour next month.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
The Suhr Standard Pro Guitar.
How did you come across this particular item?
I picked this guitar up online from America after wanting this guitar for a very long time. I often normally play seven string metal guitars, and so I wanted something a little different. Chaos Divine recorded with a similar Suhr for our Colliding Skies album which ended up being used for so many parts, and I instantly fell in love with them. I knew from then on I wanted one.
What is it that you like about it so much?
Not only does it look stunning, but the tone and playability on these guitars are second to none. The HSH configuration of the pickups makes for endless tonal range options, and the SSH+ humbucker is a beast for heavy tones. The ML single coil on the neck gives a super smooth David Gilmour-type of sound. It’s just such a versatile guitar that is a joy to play. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed playing guitar as much as when I have this beauty in my hands - and it’s really hard to put it down!
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
The band has just finished recording our fourth studio album, and this guitar was our go-to for almost all rhythms and leads. Used on the single coil pickups it also gave us some really cool creamy sounds and layers that we wouldn’t have come up without it. It has a floating Gotoh 510 tremolo bridge which was also excellent for solos.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
The band has just released ‘Unspoken’, the first single from our new album which has been really well received, and we are closing in on releasing a second single followed shortly by our fourth full length album. We’re hitting the road for a tour across the country with our good friends in Voyager which has been a bit of a dream tour for us since we started, so it going to be a heap of fun. We will be playing some brand new songs too.
'Unspoken' is out now via Firestarter Distribution.