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These days Father John Misty, Benji Hughes, and Blake Mills do it effectively as well. I’ve been enjoying some amazing amps and speaker cabinets from the amp guru Austen Hooks of Hook Amps.It’s a little different for the Dan in that it has some country tinges to it. He also made a Leslie speaker that’s the bee’s knees.It’s strummy in a ‘90s/Red Hot Chili Peppers sort of way. I have yet to buy a pedal from Strymon that hasn’t blown my mind, especially the Timeline, Big Sky, and Deco. I have another custom T-style guitar coming from Bill Asher, which I can’t wait to play on the upcoming tour.
As for my favorite T-style guitar, it’d have to be my solid black Fender Tele that now has Arcane pickups in it, with a rosewood fretboard and a vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles. Some guitarists or musicians want to cram every single idea into every song, and it usually flops or feels crowded.We also do a big cock-rock ending when we play it live, and I really like it when we mix up the live arrangements. As for gear, right now my favorite pieces are probably one of my old ES-335s, a Matchless Independence 35, and either my Line 6 DL4 or Fulltone OCD… And I’ve been bonding with my Martin 000-18 at home and on the road because I’ve really enjoyed playing “Secret” as an acoustic song. I call Pete from time to time to bug him with questions about gear. After hearing Joe Satriani’s Surfing With The Alien as a teenager, I knew I had to play guitar. My best advice to any aspiring guitarist or musician is to write songs. After that, write even more songs, because from my experience as a musician and as a part of Maroon 5, I’ve realized you only get better at writing songs from writing songs—no matter the quality, because you need repetition.I was instantly drawn to the instrument because of that album. I have been guilty, especially when I was younger, of spending more time trying to “learn to write” rather than just writing, because that is how you learn to write! You know, whenever I’ve tried to build or design a guitar with specific appointments, the guitar has never really worked out.A while ago John left me a voicemail playing one of the melodies that he still remembered—it was great! The new album is being mixed now and will be coming out on Warner Brothers in 2015.Thankfully our friendship has already created some real music, as I contributed some guitar parts on his songs “Stop This Train” and “In Repair” off of 2006’s Continuum. It is being produced by the great Mike Elizondo, who Maroon also had the pleasure of working with on It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.