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Rig Rundown: The Black Angels

Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.


The band’s other left-handed guitarist Jake Garcia’s main ride is a 1971 Gibson ES-335. It was a player’s guitar so it has had several refret jobs, new tuners, graphite saddles, and period-correct Throbak P.A.F.-style pickups in it. You may notice the battle scars of four-removed switches. That was from single-coil taps that Jake got rid of to get the guitar as close as possible to its early ’70s roots.

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