55 oracle items tagged as jonny
September 4, 2014 / submitted by Jeroen, Belgium
Q.  How did Jonny get his hands on his Boss DD-5 Digital Delay pedals? Because apparently you can't buy them anymore?

Matt's back: We got his when they were still making them, I think. You'll probably need to go on eBay* now, I'm afraid.

*Other auction sites - or similar - are available.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Sam, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I've been loving Coldplay's performances of the new songs from Ghost Stories, but I wanted to know what guitars and amps Jonny is using, as they look really different to what he used for the last few albums.


Sunny and the Strat mentioned previously, mainly. Amps-wise it's been the Kemper profilers plus an old Silvertone or two.

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, echoey loud ones! So many options...but that's about the size of it...

September 2, 2014 / submitted by Lea, Germany
Q.  Hey all-knowing Oracle!
Once you said that Jonny's favourite guitar is named Sunny. I heard that one of his favourite ones is a Fender Telecaster Thinline, so I was wondering if Sunny is a Fender Telecaster Thinline?
Thanks, Lea :)

Matt: Yep, that's the one! It was the main guitar in the Ghost Stories DVD* if you have a look - it's got a sunburst finish, hence the name.

*Matt is referring to the TV special that we told you about the broadcast of back in May.

September 2, 2014 / submitted by Benny, United States of America
Q.  O knowledgable Oracle,
What kind of guitar did Johnny use during the MX tour, and I mean the one that had the graffiti like the other instruments. I felt like it was a stratocaster but I wasn't sure what kind. And also, who did the atwork for the bands instruments?

I've actually discussed the artwork many times but here's Matt:

Same guy that did everything else, a graffiti artist named Paris. There were Strats and Teles, mostly painted by him.

September 2, 2014 / submitted by Angus, Australia
Q.  Hi, Oracle!
I'm trying to emulate the overdrive that Jonny used on X&Y. Could you point me in the right direction in terms of pedals and presets?

Hope you're well!

(I already have the answers from Matt McGinn for the Jonny Buckland questions I chose, so anyone that has sent a new one overnight - and there are a few of you - I'm afraid you will have a wait as I am not adding any further Qs to what we have for this week).

Back to the Q in hand & Matt:
You mean the song or the whole album? We used the Vintage Rat a lot on that stuff, as I recall...though it's ten years ago now, man. Lotta beer under the bridge since!

September 1, 2014 / submitted by Newman, Canada
Q.  Hey Oracle,

Just wondering if you could fill me in on Jonny's amp settings. He's the best. And so are you!

Thank you. Here's Matt:
Always changing... we just started using Kempers in the signal chain as well, which adds a whole new dimension...usually we run amps pretty loud with a fair amount of bass and a bit of natural distortion, then pour all the effects into the front end.

September 1, 2014 / submitted by Joao Vitor Felicio, Canada
Q.  Hey oracle, just wondering if Johnny ever uses a Fender Twin Reverb, or is it safe to say he sticks to his Devilles?

Matt: He uses all sorts, including Twins, but we always come back to the DeVilles. We swap out the Fender speakers for Celestion Vintage drivers, by the way. A bit chunkier sounding and less harsh.

September 1, 2014 / submitted by Joao , Canada
Q.  Just wondering what string gauge/tuning is used for Charlie Brown. It sounds very jangly. I like it!

You will soon discover there is a theme with this week's questions.
It seems you guys want to know a lot about Jonny so I enlisted Matt McGinn to answer a few specialist questions.
Over to Matt:

Jangly eh? Tuning is D#ADGA#D Gauges top to bottom:
.013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056