The Current's Guitar Collection: Kollin Johannsen of The Colourist

The Colourist's Kollin Johannsen plays his Fender Jazzmaster in The Current's studio.
The Colourist's Kollin Johannsen plays his Fender Jazzmaster in The Current's studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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Kollin Johannsen is a guitarist with of The Colourist, a pop-fuelled indie-rock band out of Orange County, Calif. When The Colourist played an in-studio session at The Current, Johannsen took a few minutes to tell us about his guitar.

It looks like you're playing a Fender Jazzmaster.

That is correct, yeah. I have a Jazzmaster. It's a '62 reissue.

Do you remember when and where you got it?

A couple years ago. It's not too old. I honestly don't remember where I got it. I think it was in a shop rather than online. It was a love-at-first-sight kind of thing. I played a Jazzmaster in the studio and I loved it.

Have you made any modifications to it?

I switched out the pickups to Lollar P-90s. I think it contrasts with [front man] Adam Castilla's tone a bit better. And then I have a Mustang bridge on it so the strings aren't slipping all over the place. But I thought I needed a little bit more -- not grit, but something else in the pickups, so I switched those out and that was the main modification.

Did you do those mods yourself or did you have it done?

Oh, I had it done. Although I preferred the white pick-guard rather than the tortoiseshell one and the gold Cruz body and all that stuff. So I switched out the pick-guard myself.

You've got a lot of effects — which ones are your favorites?

I guess the POG just because you can really change your tone with a POG. Sometimes I use it just to make — not a chorusing effect — but to make it almost sound like there's more than one guitar playing in a rhythm, even though that's not what it does. I kind of use it that way.

And then I have the Aqua-Puss slapback for the delay, which I use for some songs like "Yes, Yes" and stuff like that.

What's your band's approach to arranging songs?

It's seriously all different. I can be at my house with a recording program, make a riff, bring it in, then everyone else will do their thing to it or vice versa. Or you just have root notes — it always varies. I love it. It's cool.

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  • Guitarist Kollin Johannsen of The Colourist in the studio of 89.3 The Current.
    Guitarist Kollin Johannsen of The Colourist in the studio of 89.3 The Current. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Kollin Johannsen's Fender Jazzmaster rests in its stand in The Current's studio.
    Kollin Johannsen's Fender Jazzmaster rests in its stand in The Current's studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • The effects pedals of The Colourist's Kollin Johannsen.
    The effects pedals of The Colourist's Kollin Johannsen. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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