Chris | 24th September 2013
I was thinking about it before and, as the self-designated King Of Boring Stuff About Pedals Etc, I thought I would tell you a bit about Ginger’s guitar, which one of you lucky pledgsters will win come December.
People who aren’t interested in guitars – please tune out now. (I wouldn’t blame you)
It’s a Hagstrom Viking Deluxe. Hagstrom may not be a hugely familiar name to everyone, but they’ve been making brilliant and interesting electric guitars since the fifties, with big-name players including the likes of Elvis Presley (who plays a Viking II in the ’68 Comeback Special), Pat Smear (who has a massive collection of Hagstrom guitars), Frank Zappa (who advertised them in the 70s) and Rich Jones.
This is a double cutaway, large semi-hollow-bodied guitar, which means it is louder than your average bear, due to the extra resonance that basically being built on top of a soundbox gives you (this works on the same principle putting your iPhone on top of the closed toilet lid in the bathroom to amplify the music – try it). The sound is allowed to resonate throughout the guitar, which makes for a warm and clean tone. Being ‘semi’ hollow bodied means that it has a wood block down the middle of it, which reduces the uncontrollable feedback which can be a problem when using higher-gain settings with full-hollow-body guitars (like the Gretsch White Falcon or the Gibson ES 175).
It’s fitted with two humbuckers, like a traditional Les Paul or 335 or SG, which means you get the fat rock guitar sustain, not the thinner single coil sound. This also means that there’s less buzz and less noise.
It has a speccy flamed maple top, which means it’s bright and snappy but with a tight bottom end. Matron. And a ebonol neck, which is a synthetic of ebony – this means it’s fast and hard-wearing, with a really nice thin profile.
It’s white, unlike all the other guitars you already own.
It was set up, intonated and generally Sorted Out by me.
And you will love it.
Ginger plays it (as you can see on the Pledge videos) for most of his ‘route one’ stuff on this album. That is, the bulk of the rock rhythm guitars, and a good proportion of the lead lines. I used it for a couple of my ‘drug music’ bits, the drony feedback Ebow-y stuff and some of the backwards guitars. I think it’s also the same one Ginger used on the recent ‘Earth Vs’ tour.
It’s a beauty guitar, I wouldn’t mind owning it myself!