What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Salmon Pink Fender Stratocaster, which is a Japanese model from 1996. I’ve been playing it since I was a child, probably 15.
How did you come across this particular item?
This is actually a really cool story: it turns out this one used to belong to Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. My dad just randomly brought it home one day from an auction. He figured a guitar would help since I was getting into music & producing. Him bringing it home is what got me proper into playing guitar.
What is it that you like about it so much?
As soon as I got it I took it to have it tuned up a bit and gave it a bit of a makeover, and it’s had a really nice tone ever since. The pink is just beautiful. It’s my favorite guitar to play and usually the only one I use. It fits me perfectly, fits my personality perfectly. It’s bright, it’s a little bit out there… but it’s still slick & it sounds good. It’s got that raw gritty tone that a good Stratocaster should have.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I use guitar when I need something rhythmic and melodic to fill up space. So I use it alot in post production, latter stages of the creation of a song. I also use it to start ideas. I almost always start songs with drums and the guitar usually follows. The guitar solo needs a comeback, it’s been too long. Imma do it.
Tell us a bit about what you have coming up?
My EP is dropping in a few months. This is the guitar I used for nearly every song. Be on the lookout peeps!
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