PG’s John Bohlinger met with Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, and Bobby Bare Jr. of Guided by Voices before their Basement East gig in Nashville where the indie stalwarts dished out deets on their gear.
For touring, Doug Gillard leaves his ’67 ES-330 and ’67 Jag at home, traveling with just two road axes. His No. 1 is a long-time favorite, a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom with a mid-’70s DiMarzio Super 2 humbucker in the bridge and an unknown brand humbucker in the neck. The LP stays strung with D'Addario XL .011–.052 strings.
Bobby Bare Jr.’s No. 1 is a 1964 Gibson SG Junior with a Badass bridge, a stock P-90 pickup, and a mysterious hole drilled through the top. The Jr is strung with D’Addario .010-gauge strings.
Mark Shue tours with two nearly identical Fender American Special P-basses. Both feature Fender ’62 P-Bass pickups, a Badass bridge, Hipshot tuners, and are strung with DR Hi Beams strings.