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Telecasters abound within the ranks of American indie heroes Death Cab For Cutie. Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard’s guitar collection boasts both brown and black '70s Thinlines and several G&L copies, although he’s not been averse to hurling Telecasters across the stage in the past.
No such petulance from guitarist and producer Chris Walla. His list of gear includes a 2001 US ’52 reissue Tele with a Harmonic Design Z90 pickup in the bridge. Walla’s “favourite guitar for years” is a Mexican Tele that he bought new in 1993. “It has a very particular 'thing' about it,” Walla says. “Lots of mids, not a lot of sustain. It's not really a very nice piece of wood, but it's mine and I love it.”
You can listen to MusicRadar's podcast with Chris Walla here.
"Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla from Death Cab For Cutie both use Telecasters fairly exclusively. Ok so Ben uses G&L but its the same thing! Listen to Transatlanticism - some incredible sounds, all produced through Telecasters." (Thanks, jameshalliday89)
"DCFC - both guitarists use Teles regularly. Amazing band." (From Chris via email, thanks)