“To me, this is one of the best-sounding guitar records ever. A couple of my bands tried to capture that sound, which you get with a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier and a JCM 800, both cranked. All he [guitarist Tom DeLonge] did was click off the Rectifier, and he had the 800 doing the clean sound. He didn’t change to the clean signal, though – an important point.
“I saw him do that live, and it was a big moment for me. You know, you don’t have nice gear when you’re starting out, so when you can see somebody in a big band work his sound without all kinds of racks of equipment, it makes an impression.
“I wouldn’t say that the record is great as far as technical guitar playing, but the band isn’t about that. They’re about great songs, fun songs, pop songs. Actually, I do think that Tom is a good guitarist in the pop-punk realm. He can sound like he’s not just one guitar player, which is cool.”