21 oracle items tagged as guitar
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#.

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?

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.

July 4, 2012 / submitted by Radhika, India
Q.  Hey Oracle!
So I read Roadie #42's blog the other day where he says that Chris throws the guitar into the air. So does this guitar go to the audience or do one of the crew members, well, catch it? Thanks :)

It sort of depends where it lands but generally as it's on the stage, a crew member (Hoppy most likely) removes it (and then probably has to repair it).

February 16, 2011 / submitted by Arthur, Paraguay
Q.  I want to paint my guitar like Chris's Gibson blues king spare one, is that painted over the guitar or painted over something and then stuck to the guitar? And what kind of paint did Vicki Taylor used? And one last thing, can I have a nice and clear picture of the guitar so I can paint mine?
Thanks a lot mate.

Vicki used acrylics which were painted straight onto the instruments. For close-up photos of the guitar in question, see page 40 of the End of Decade Clearout Sale Kids Company Auction catalogue.

June 25, 2010 / submitted by Jeroen, Belgium
Q.  In the live 2003 version of Yellow, who is playing the acoustic guitar? Because Jonny's playing the lead and Chris doesn't have a guitar.. Is it a recorded track maybe?


It's not a pre-recorded backing track; it was Matt McGinn, Jonny's guitar tech and now author of Roadie . Chris asked him to play the guitar part from off stage which Matt writes about in his book from page 49.

November 5, 2009 / submitted by Jazzy, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I don't know if this was ever asked before, but I've always wondered when watching some live Yellow videos what that guitar Chris likes to use is. That really cute, yellow, teardrop-shaped one? Thanks Oracle!

It's actually named after the shape you like so much; it's called a Gibson Teardrop.