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25 oracle items tagged as guitar
September 3, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the grey Fender Stratocaster Mr. Buckland has been playing for GS a new guitar or and old one he had lying around and has decided to use for this album's shows? (It looks rather worn). Thanks!

Matt says:
It's new, a Strat built for the tour by Bill Nash, made to seem old. Does it look grey? It's meant to be black...ah well.



September 3, 2014 / submitted by Jorge, Australia
Q.  Oh wise Oracle, could you please ask Matt McGinn what is Jonny Buckland's favourite guitar effect?

I asked, this is what Matt said:

Oh help...that is tough...er, echoey loud ones! So many options...but that's about the size of it...



July 7, 2014 / submitted by Tshepo, South Africa
Q.  Hello Oracle
On what song does Chris's guitar fly?

Anchorman has been referring to Chris' flying guitar at recent shows and you may have seen the photo I took of it in Paris.
This happens at the climax of God Put A Smile Upon Your Face. Chris did this on the MX tour too.
It was quite incredible watching him do it at these more intimate Ghost Stories shows and hoping it landed right on the smaller (than usual stadium) stages.




June 3, 2014 / submitted by Linda, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle, I was completely moved by the recent TV special for Ghost Stories. The hour left me quite speechless and deeply moved. Anyway, I was wondering if the 3 markings on Chris's guitar (looked like from a sharpee marker) had any significance. They were cool and was just wondering. The album is brilliant and as a fan from the get-go , I am so happy they are making music that pleases them and not just for the critics or to just make $ etc. Thanks for reading my question! Linda.

I had the same reaction, Linda. The guitar symbols are significant in that they link to the album themes: a heart, a ghost and an O.



March 24, 2014 / submitted by Jake, United States of America
Q.  It is darn near impossible to find out I have looked everywhere online! Your my last hope. Should have been my first go too since your all knowing. What guitar strings (brand/gauge) does Jonny like to use?

Over to Matt McGinn for this one.

"We've always used D'addario but only cos that was what on his guitar when I first met him!
That said, they do have the advantage of having colour coded ends for each individual string - handy in a hurry.‚ 

We do use Ernie Ball's too though, there doesn't seem to be much in it, tone or quality-wise. ‚ No colour coding but each string comes in an individual envelope with a big number on it so you know the gauge.
Jonny's main guitars are set up with regular tens but we'll mix it up for odd tunings, such as Violet Hill which has a big fat bottom string to allow for being tuned down to C#.
Cheers".

Thanks, Matt!



December 12, 2013 / submitted by Tori, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle, I was wondering what the name of the egg-shaped guitar Chris uses in this performance of Yellow was?
I believe it's also one of the guitars that the band the Rolling Stones used.

It's been a while since I answered this question. I first replied to it in 2009 and again here in 2010.
And yes, here is Rolling Stone's Brian Jones playing one.



November 19, 2013 / submitted by Sjors , Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do you know/can you ask Hoppy or Chris which guitar-pickup they use for the acoustic guitars for the band?

Thanks and greetings from Holland!

Your wish is my command! Here's what Hoppy told me:

"The band's acoustic guitars are currently fitted with Fishman Matrix Infinity pick-ups and have been for some time.
As far as I recall we have been using them since the X & Y tour.
Hope this helps!"



July 23, 2013 / submitted by Mary, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
What is Chris Martin's favorite brand of guitar?

Chris plays a few brands; Martin, Gibson and Takamine... Martin & Gibson are his favoured choices.


February 18, 2013 / submitted by Jericho, United States of America
Q.  Hello
Do you know what the model is for Chris Martin's Martin guitar?
Thanks

No, but luckily I know a man who does. Thanks to the knowledgeable Hoppy (Chris' guitar tech for those who don't know) for this very comprehensive answer.
"On the MX tour he was playing Martin D-15 M's (FYI: D= dreadnought body shape/ number = style, the higher the number the more fancy appointments, binding, inlays etc/ M= mahogany). He used six or seven in a show, set up for different songs/tunings and all painted different)."

He also went on to tell me:
"His favorite is a 1985 (I think) made D-28 which doesn't tour. I believe he originally rented this from John Henry's Hire dept. a long time ago and subsequently bought it from them.

Amongst the others, he has a vintage pre-war D-28. Also D-42, or 45 K (K=Koa wood) from the 70's (I think!)
Also he may have a OO-15CE (OO= body size, small/ C= cutaway/ E=electric) somewhere. He used these on the Rush of Blood tour.

He has recently been recording with 2 new HD-28's (H= herringbone, which is a style of binding they previously used on pre-war made D-28's) that have been modified, and a couple of specially made 12 string versions of D-15 M's."

He knows his stuff does our Hoppy! Wow, I hope you guitar fans out there found that as fascinating as I did.



November 19, 2012 / submitted by Terry, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, how many guitars have been wrecked by the throw at the end of GPASUYF? Looks like a damaging throw!

Looks can be deceiving. Sometimes the guitar needs serious first aid and Hoppy will spend a long time repairing it but guitars are pretty durable so sometimes there's little to no damage.



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