PG’s Chris Kies visits Nashville’s Diamond Sound Studios before Julien Baker ventured on her joint tour performing as a solo act and with her songwriting compatriots Phoebes Bridgers and Lucy Dacus who all compromise boygenuis. Before launching the tour at the Ryman, Baker walks us through her sparse rig, before getting colorful and spacey with a plentiful pedalboard of modulation and ’verbs.
Julien Baker favors T-style guitars because of their breadth of tonal varieties, how easily they can be modded, and their dependability. She has a blue Fender Tele that has a wiring mod that unlocks both series and parallel modes, but the above butterscotch model has its stock wiring intact. It has been upgraded with a G&L ASAT pickups with a P-90 in the neck and a MFD in the bridge. She goes with Ernie Ball Slinky .010 –.046 strings and digs in with Dunlop 44P88 Nylon Standard .88 mm picks.