The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it.
Following a recent in-studio session, Albert Hammond Jr. and his bandmate Hammarsing Kharhmar took some time to talk about two different Fender guitars they like very much: Hammond's Stratocaster and Kharhmar's Jazzmaster. Both instruments lend themselves heavily to Hammond's sound.
Nathaniel Rateliff describes his guitar, a vintage Gibson he's only had for six weeks. 'I saw it, it was cheap, and it was close to my birthday, so I just thought I'd treat myself,' Rateliff says. 'I think it's gorgeous looking.' Check out the full interview and a selection of close-up photos by Nate Ryan.
While visiting The Current's studio, Dan Wilson took a few minutes to talk about the guitar that has accompanied him on stages and in songwriting sessions since the turn of the century. 'The guitar is sort of a rough and ready, portable songwriting machine,' he says. Check out the full interview.
Frank Turner wants guitars that have a very full sound and can stand up to the rigors of his energetic live shows. In the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection, Turner describes what he likes about and how he uses Gibson guitars, what inspires him as a guitarist, and which instrument is his 'only kind of rock 'n' roll excess extravagance [he's] ever really had.'
Alan Sparhawk of Low describes his Danelectro Convertible as 'weird,' but that's what he likes about it. 'Sometimes guitars speak back to you, and they give back to you, and that's just magic,' he says. Check out what Alan has to say about the guitar he's taking on tour for 'Ones and Sixes.'
After playing a captivating session in MPR's Forum, Greg Holden stopped to talk to us about the guitar he played during the performance. Holden wasn't typically a player of Martin guitars, but a chance find changed his mind. 'It sounded amazing and I was like, Ah, I guess I'm going to get one of these,' he says.
There's something almost magic about the way Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, discovered the instrument she calls the 'favorite guitar [she's] ever had.' Learn more about SOAK's Gibson ES-339 and the story behind it.
When Dawes visited the studio for an in-studio session, bassist Wylie Gelber was playing an instrument he built himself. 'I was unsure of how it would sound,' Gelber says, 'but it's become my favorite bass ever. It's the only one I play now.' Find out more about Gelber's handmade bass guitar.
Bobb Bruno of Best Coast explains how he came to play an Eastman T386, enjoying the feel and sound of the guitar so much that he made it one of his go-to instruments in Best Coast's live set. Bruno also describes some of the main effects he employs when playing live.
After Jose Gonzalez played a live set in The Current's studio, he stopped to talk about the Spanish classical guitars he enjoys playing. He also explains why, even though he's right-hand dominant, he prefers to bowl left-handed.