Greta Van Fleet guitarist Jake Kiszka talked about using a very expensive guitar as his main instrument while recording the band’s new album on their YouTube channel.
At the beginning of a musical career, choosing the right instrument is very important and challenging too. The musicians should decide which one is the most suitable for them. Suitability is not only about the genre or the talent but also financial status.
Even if they find the right instrument which they can play best and they dream most, the newbie musicians can’t afford to buy it. They usually start with a modest version until they prove their talents and dedication to the music. Then, they find the right instrument which defines their characters and art.
Greta Van Fleet guitarist Jake Kiszka told the story of choosing 1961 Les Paul as his primary instrument recording the new album named ‘The Battle At The Garden’s Gate’ on The Two Doods Reviews.
Kiszka stated that he met and tried different guitars throughout the recording. Even though his number one guitar is a Gibson SG, he decided to play a 1961 Les paul which he used three years ago for the first time. His friend lent the guitar to him at Chicago Music Exchange for the tour. Kiszka knew that he found the right guitar that defined his playing and bought 1961 Les Paul as soon as he had enough money.
Here’s what he stated:
“That’s sort of my No. 1 instrument that I kind of lean on in a way. I grew up playing a Gibson SG, P90s [pickups] in it, I think it’s like a Pete Townshend reissue, I think.
I kind of grew up with that, and this 1961 Les Paul, which has the SG body shape, fell into my lap one day three years ago – before we went out on tour.
It’s a very expensive instrument. A friend of ours at Chicago Music Exchange lent it to me to go on tour with it, and then as soon as I had enough money, I bought it.
So I’ve kind of always played that guitar, and it’s kind of defined my playing.
It’s interesting because in the studio, not just in terms of guitars, there are my guitars, there are producer’s guitars, there are a studio guitar, so there’s this sort of landscape of stringed instruments laying around.”
He went on:
“It’s the same thing with drums or keys or bass, there are all these different things lying around in the studio, so we actually wind up using a lot, especially on ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate,’ we’ve been able to do more experimentation than ever before previously.
And in terms of Fenders, I did use a Fender 1972 Blonde Telecaster on ‘The Battle at the Garden’s Gate’ for a lot of dubbing, and then ‘The Barbarians,’ that song was a Fender Stratocaster, another old one.
We gad a lot of Fender amplifiers, which I got into, Tweeds and Deluxes, which I’ve never really covered that ground before, but it’s interesting.”
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