Show and Tell: Pete Cornelius

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Show and Tell: Pete Cornelius


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

It’s a PW Guitars Performer equipped with Tonerider Alnico IV pickups. This beauty was made about 50km from my house using all Tasmanian timbers.



How did you come across this particular item?

The guys at PW have been making acoustic instruments for some time now but have only just crossed over into making electrics. They contacted me to help develop and showcase their ­finely crafted machines. So naturally I installed a set of their Alnico IVs. They match the instrument so well. The provide versatility, with a constant vintage tone.


What is it that you like so much about it?

I love the sound and the feel, but most of all I love the fact that it’s made by humans using sonically beautiful timber. I ­find that the Toneriders really help pronounce the individual sound of each instrument giving each guitar its own character.


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

I have only had this particular guitar for about 6 months but so far it seems to provoke a smoother, more articulate playing style. Currently I run it through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Re-Issue with a WGS 12” Blackhawk speaker. It’s a great size and wattage for most venues not to mention it has that classic Fender clean sound.


Any other interesting points?

I have always enjoyed fooling around with customising guitars, and pickups are an easy mod and can make a huge difference. They seem to produce the sound I’m hearing at one hell of a price!


Tell us a little bit about what you have coming up?

Well, normally this summer period is flat out with gigs and tours but we’re having our 3rd child late December. So I’ll be changing more nappies than strings! But our next ‘mainland’ outing will be for the Thredbo Blues Festival Jan 20-22.