Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.

Guitarist Robert McDowell’s main squeeze for the last few years has been the “Sheriff”—a Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe reissue. It originally belonged to bandmate Andy Hull, but McDowell really gravitated towards it at the same time Hull was falling out of love with it. Both Robert and Andy use Ernie Ball Power Slinky .011–.048 strings.

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