David Byrne’s 6-string counterpart discusses the tonal, aesthetic, and production particulars influencing her gear for Byrne's HBO and American Utopia Broadway shows.

Angie Swan RR2

Years ago, former Saturday Night Live guitarist (and Rig Rundown vet) Jared Scharff introduced Angie to luthier Dennis Fano at Fano’s NAMM booth. From the time she met Dennis until the time she was in the market for a new instrument, Fano had sold his namesake company and regrouped with a new brand: Novo Guitars, in Nashville. Some of the crucial specs she requested from Dennis on the above Serus J were Lollar Firebird pickups (she prefers humbuckers over single-coils, but feels these give her the best of both worlds), a contoured, lighter body for the long, nonstop American Utopia shows, and a black-and-grey color scheme that fit best with the suits that David Bryne and the musicians wear onstage. The guitar shipped with a chrome pickguard—like the portion under the control knobs—but stage management/production said it reflected lightning and colors too much. All of her guitars take D’Addario NYXL .010–.046 strings and are in standard tuning. (Although “I Dance Like This,” from the American Utopia album, is in drop D.) Her Knaggs Kenai sometimes takes a set of NYXL .10s, which have heavier bottoms.

Click below to listen wherever you get your podcasts:

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google Podcasts
Listen on StitcherListen on Spotify

D'Addario Auto Lock Strap:https://ddar.io/AutoLockStrap

Which one do you prefer?

Rhett and Zach unpack the big news for secondhand guitar sellers and buyers: Sweetwater has launched their new Gear Exchange. How does it compare to Reverb, Craigslist, and Marketplace? To find out, Zach takes the site for a spin and buys a pedal. He calls the process both “very easy” and “normal.” They discuss the pros and cons of the various used-gear outlets and share tips for not getting got when buying gear. Plus, Zach grew a mustache, Mythos Pedals is moving, and he talks about his forthcoming line of Strat pickups inspired by Hendrix’s reverse-stagger setup.

Read MoreShow less

A highly versatile sonic tool, the pedal can deliver a broad range of tones – everything from mild, wonderfully organic overdrive to medium-gain crunch with a richly satisfying midrange kick.

Read MoreShow less

The Reference II Series 112 and new 115 feature a new look, ceramic magnets, and Poplar ply shells.

Read MoreShow less

The Royale was designed to deliver loud and vivid clean tone with a responsive, tactile low end.

Read MoreShow less