Slightly sinister feel, shit-hot sound and top class musicianship throughout… quite a distinction!
Tasteful Elvis-punk, scraping mean tone splinters off his red Telecaster. Added his twang also to theSwim Two Birds, was many years with Tav Falco´s Panther Burns with whom he toured Europe and the USA.
Also member of the Vee Jays, and as guest with Rumble On The Beach and The Scallywags.
60s Fender Custom Telecaster with Bigsby – red! Regular craftsmanship, nothing special. No modifications – yet!
Ha, the neck PU is gone. Not really esquired yet – but soon
- Gibson ‘The V’: My most trusty companion since Day-One of Velvetone and even before. An ugly lookin’ 80s Gibson, used to have the original humbucking PUs, but I wrecked one and kicked out the other
- Had installed a true P90 by Ashley Pengborn when Gibson had their own place in Hamburg. Ah, yes I’ve put on a Bigsby, Lonnie-Mack-Style. Yes, I like Neil Young.
- Fender E-Squier: a 1983 Tele by Squier, converted to the Esquire specs, changed the PU to Seymour Duncan Vintage Alnico.
- Epiphone ‘Sorrento’, a beautiful 90s reissue. I love the trashy sound by the Samsung-P90s (yes, Samsung). But the neck is whimsy, so that’s history.
- Fender Jazzmaster from 1963. Comes from a garage sale. Was wrecked completely, but I restored it true to history, and myself too. A good piece of work, from the maker, and for the player.
- Epiphone ‘Junior Model’ – My cheapest guitar with the most “sound”. Found it on a bargain list, bought it, and fight with it until, well, it breaks. Screwed on neck, plus I’ve mounted a Bigsby on it. Tonality -10, Tone: irreplaceable. Neil Thunders.
- Hofner “Archtop”. A late 50s German “Schlaggitarre”. A plywood monster, with a dinosaur neck. Good for specials like ‘Bad Mood’.
- Bauknecht. Well, actually it’s a Klira, a 50s mail-order guitar from Germany. I’ve painted it sparkle green and put on a fridge logo, playing it since the 80s. Very personal piece of plywood with lots of character and age. Plays me, instead of I play.
- Danelectro Baritone. A new one, but very satisfying. Deep, dark, ‘Commie Red’ – raise a fist and give it twang!
- Hofner short scale bass. Another garage sale bargain. Black/gold paisley vinyl cover. Soldered a little bit to cut the bass and use it for the deep twang.
- Jedson 6-string Lap Steel: I don’t know where it came from, might be Japanese, but it’s quite old, and sound’s interesting
- Herrndorff 8-string Lap Steel. From behind the Iron Curtain, when a cheese & pineapple toast was even further away than Hawaii itself. Hence that longing tone? Overwhelming sound, you can hear even if you’re hungry, or ate beans. A beast, tonally and visually.As you might see I don’t care for that overpriced vintage stuff too much. Guitars, Amps, they got to have, and give, soul. That’s to be found in the cheapest, most neglectable piece of wood, just try yourself!
My first love: a Fender Vibrolux from around 1971. My first-ever real guitar amp since that old Nordmende ‘Fidelio’ tube radio.
Other amps I’ve used on our records:
- Fender Vibroverb Reissue (good nasty sound, works quite well with the horn section during my stints with the Swim Two Birds, bought it from Tav Falco, so it’s worked in in the right direction
- Fender Princeton from around 1972
- Fender Concert from 1963 (fantastic, paired with my 1963 Jazzmaster and the ‘63 reissue Reverb unit. The 3 years I’m younger don’t matter)
Other helpful companions:
- Tons of delay units, from the real tape stuff, analog curiosities too, well, ‘The Frog’
- Schaller 50s Fuzz
- Schaller Reissue Tremolo
- Farfisa ‘Compact’, the real electronic organ, from time to time to be kicked to get that spring reverb working
- Wurlitzer Piano, with a missing ‘C’, and a missing ‘g’, find out the spots on the records!