What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My 2015 Fender Telecaster .
How did you come across this particular item?
I spent a day looking for a second-hand Tele in Nashville last year. Turns out they are like hens teeth. One shop assistant told me that every guitarist in Nashville has at least three. I ended up in a small guitar shop called Corner Music and got a really good deal on a brand new one. It was my only guitar as I travelled around, I fell in love with it.
What is it that you like so much about it?
I always wanted a Tele, because my dad had one. I had it set up with quite heavy strings for a Tele, but the neck’s taken it and it really sings.
How do you use it, and how has it shaped the way you write music?
It’s become my number one guitar on stage. It’s a bit more reliable to travel around with than a hollow-body guitar, which was my last guitar. While I was travelling last year, I played it predominantly unplugged, which meant I could play in hotel rooms without getting kicked out. Writing with the electric has meant that I’ve had a bit more fun playing with reverb, which seems to be how it wants to be played.
Any other interesting points/stories about it?
While I was travelling in the States, everyone thought it was a gun. The case is pretty serious looking, and everywhere I went, the airline staff would give me a note of paper saying they’d opened the case, which pissed me off. They would often leave the case unlocked and I guess I just didn’t like the idea of the baggage checkers touching it.
Tell us a little bit about what you have coming up?
We’ve just released our third album, which we’re touring this month and next. Our next gigs are at The Jade in Adelaide, Newtown Social Club in Sydney, Stage & Hunter in Newcastle and The Croxton Band Room in Melbourne.
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