Before Minus the Bear headed out on their farewell tour, Cory Murchy, Dave Knudson, and Jake Snider opened their SIR rehearsal sessions to PG’s Perry Bean so we could get one last look at their powerfully inventive setups.
This is the PRS that started it all—cofounding guitarist Dave Knudson picked up this goldtop McCarty model at Al’s Guitarville in Edmonds, WA, right when Minus the Bear was taking off. He really enjoys it with low action for his tapping parts and he also takes advantage of the coil tapping for more “noisy grit.” And what started Knudson’s desire branching out into tapping? “Just trying to figure out ways to create cool riffs without playing a normal A chord.”
Jake Snider used to travel with a few other guitars including a ’90s Japanese-built Gretsch Roundup with Filter'Trons, but now he’s all Ibanez, all night. His no. 1 is this Ibanez Talman with a striking resemblance of an Esquire with its single-pickup platform.