Rock’s biggest “DJ” proves that, though his gear hasn't changed since the early ’90s, he still can rip out fresh ideas with ease and flair.

In a 2018 interview with PG, Tom Morello asserted that the single-coil was a big part of his heavy sound: “One of the things that I find, that’s attributed to the ‘heaviness’ of my riffs, is a lot of them are played on a single-coil pickup.” Enter another longtime mainstay of Tom Morello’s—a run-of-the-mill 1982 Fender Telecaster coined “Sendero Luminoso.” He wanted to start writing/performing songs in drop-D tuning, but all of his other guitars at the time had a locking nut, so he traded his roommate for the Tele and Morello had to part ways with a 50-watt Marshall. The Tele is completely stock (aside from the stickers) and to maintain similar string tension to the “Arm the Homeless” he goes with Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys (.010–.046).

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