Frontman John Baizley and former Cirque du Soleil shredder Gina Gleason explain the atmospheric metal outfit’s switch to single-coils—and how a fuzz pedal first brought them together.
“When I joined the band, I was mainly playing shredder guitars like a Kramer SM-1 with a Floyd Rose and Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers,” says Gina Gleason. “But it just seemed inappropriate for Baroness—if not aesthetically, at least tonally.” So, when first jamming with Baizley, she gravitated to his collection of G&L T-styles that offered a new, full-range vocabulary she had not enjoyed in years. Prior to touring with the band in 2017, she scored this 1992 G&L ASAT Classic that was a longtime No. 1 until recently. Its previous owner upgraded the pickups with a set of Fender N3 Noiseless Tele models. She uses D’Addario .010–.046 or .010–.052 (for lower tunings) strings goes with Dunlop Gator Grip .96 mm picks.
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