Rage Against The Machine guitarist (former Audioslave) Tom Morello spoke in an interview with Rig Rundown, and revealed the story of his signature guitar design.
“This one has been with me for 30 years now, and the history of this guitar is spotty. When I first moved to Hollywood, I wanted to have a custom-made guitar because Steve Vai and some of my favorites had ones. So I went to a guitar shop with my first check that I got from my first real job and they skinned me.
It was a huge ripoff. It was probably the worst guitar that I’d ever play – and it was my own fault, I chose the fretboard, and I chose this that and the other – I’m not a luthier, I have no idea whether it should be ash or – I have no idea.
So I got this stinky guitar, and of course the next couple of years I tore it apart entirely, the only thing remaining from that guitar is this piece of wood.
It had a million different necks – this neck I found in a bin, like, a throw-away bin on Santa Monica Boulevard. It has different pickups, the electronics are completely different; I put like this Fathead thing on the back, though it would give it more sustain. It didn’t work, but I left it on.
And then finally, I honestly gave up. I was trying to get a guitar that would be my perfect sound, and I was banging my head against the wall and just said, ‘I’m going to stop right now, this is going to be my guitar, and I’m just going to create with what I’ve got.’
That was very liberating because I was no longer chasing sounds; instead I embraced the sound I had and used it to make music.”
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