In a recent interview with Premiere Guitar, former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has revealed how he get his signature guitar tone.

Here’s the statement:

“This is my longtime Telecaster… when I learned how to do the sort-of grunge tuning [drop D], I needed a guitar to do it. So, I traded with my roommate at the time. He had this Telecaster and I had a 50-watt Marshall head.

We made an even swap and from that day forward, I started, you know, doing the drop-D tuning. This guitar was played on every drop-D song I’ve made.

This is my 19th record, all 19 of them, any songs in drop D tuning were played on this.”

Interviewer said:

“Some of your heaviest riffs – ‘Cochise,’ ‘Freedom,’ ‘Killing in the Name,’ they’re all made with single coils?”

Morello responded:

“It’s all single-coil pickup, yeah. That’s the thing – one of the things, I think – that made both RATM, Audioslave, and my riffs wherever they occurred, heavy in a different way, kind of like Jimmy Page, where they’re springier and they’re funkier and they make, you know, 50,000 people jump up and down more than just, sort of more traditional super-metal double-humbuckers thing.

So, this guitar, it’s fully stocked, I put some stickers on it, it allowed me to do a number of things. For example, the riff ‘Killing in the Name’ was played on this guitar.

And when you do the Drop D tuning, it just sort-of reconfigures the fretboard, makes you think differently, put your finger on a dot – that sounds different when you’re in Drop D.

I was actually giving a guitar lesson to a fairly accomplished Hollywood guitar player back in the earliest days of Rage Against the Machine, and showed him how to tune in Drop D and then demonstrating it, I did exactly what I just told you.”

You can watch the entire interview below. Click here for the source. (Ultimate-Guitar)