Rig Rundown: Cory Branan
The Memphis honky-tonkin’, Tele-twangin’ songster reveals his beefed-up guitarsenal with 6-string stalwarts, a custom 3rd Power combo, and a stockpile of stomps.
If you’ve seen Cory on an amplified gig in recent years, you’ve probably seen him bend the strings on this 1993 Fender American Vintage ’52 reissue Tele. Some surgeries on the T have stuck, others have not. The pickups were upgraded to Lindy Fralin Blues Special Tele models and he added a 5-way wiring scheme that gives him the three standard Tele slots, an out-of-phase Strat setting, and setting that runs the neck pickup through an Orange Drop capacitor that cuts off about 10 percent of the bass. Carter Vintage in Nashville placed jumbo frets on the neck. At one point, Cory opted for a Bigsby, but it finagled too much with the old-school “ashtray-style” bridge and he felt it lost some of the Tele magic, so he reversed the procedure. And possibly its coolest spec, his deceased Father paid for half the instrument.