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You play in drop-D sometimes. Any other tunings that you use?
“Yeah, sometimes I go a half-step down. I don’t use open tunings per se, but I use an drop-C tuning that I kind of did on my own. Some songs are tuned up, too. I play around with it. When I started out, because I had small hands and couldn’t play traditional chords, I came up with my own tunings. It made it easier to do certain reaches, but it also made it easy to come up with my own sounds.”
You’re pretty much a Fender player. You’ve got your ’72 Telecaster Deluxe, a Lee Ranaldo American Jazzmaster…
“That’s right, Live, I love my Fenders. The company’s been really good to me. In the studio, I played one of Adam’s guitars, a mid-‘60s Gibson Trini Lopez 335. That was a fantastic beast – most of the record was recorded with that. It’s one of the best-feeling guitars I’ve ever played. It gets a great sound, too, and that was important because we wanted clear, heavy tones on this record. I know that’s the guitar that made Dave Grohl start using his own 335. I’m on the lookout for one – they’re pricey!”
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