Ali Barter

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Ali Barter


What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My 1962 Silvertone electric guitar.


How did you come across this particular item?
I bought it online while I was on holiday in Japan. I wanted to buy a Danelectro (because Cat Power plays one) so when this one came up in an eBay search, all sparkly dusty metallic pink, I had to buy it. The Silvertone company makes Danelectro guitars, so it wasn’t too far off.


What is that you like so much about it?
It’s light and super easy to play. It’s pretty and worn in places. I like knowing that someone else loved this instrument before me. Every guitarist who plays this guitar says how great it is. I really hit the jackpot because I bought it online without ever playing it!


How do you use it, and how has it shaped the way that you write music?
I like to plug it in, put a distortion and delay on it (sometimes a _ anger) and bash out power chords. I write all my songs on it. I like it because I can turn it up loud and get all my aggression out singing along with it. I have been writing some very angry songs lately!


Any other interesting points/stories about it?
Cat Power has the exact same one! I saw her playing it at a festival a couple of years back, same colour and everything. I think hers was a re-issue though – it didn’t look as old as mine does.


When’s the next show?
I’m playing co-headline shows with Ben Wright Smith at Howler in Melbourne on the 8th of October and Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on the 10th of October. Benny is one of my faves and we always have fun together so they are going to be super shows!


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