17 oracle items tagged as matt mcginn
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

August 4, 2014 / submitted by George , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, you referred to ASMs and such that are part of the live show production not having studio input - you then mentioned that Matt McGinn had an input on Square One. I didn't quite understand, what input did he have?

I'm presuming ASMs are staff members.
Anyway, Matt McGinn came up with the quiet three-noter riff in the choruses.