Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello spoke in an interview with Tzvi Gluckin and explained the differences between Fender Telecaster and other guitars.
He said that he used Telecaster, when he recording RATM’s classic song “Killing In The Name”. Here’s the statement:
“One of the things that I find, that’s attributed to the ‘heaviness’ of my riffs, is a lot of them are played on a single-coil pickup. That is counterintuitive to a lot of guitar players who think it’s got to be the gnarliest tone ever.
You listen to some of the Zeppelin records where Jimmy Page is playing that on a Telecaster. Or he’s playing it on the rhythm pickup through a small amp on the Les Paul.
A lot of it has to do with the player’s right hand and the rhythm section. And, fortunately, I’ve been playing with Timmy [the bassist] and Brad [Wilk, drums], who are one of the heaviest rhythm sections of all time. Tim’s bass tone would often sound like two basses and four guitars playing all at once.
I’d have my guitar playing, like, ‘Killing in the Name’ – that’s played on a Telecaster. ‘Freedom’ – that’s played on a Telecaster.”
Click here to entire interview. You can listen “Killing In The Name” from below.