Formed from members of Pixies and Throwing Muses back in 1989, The Breeders were highly influential in the early alt-rock scene. After nearly three decades as a band, The Breeders are still killing it on tour. Lead guitarist Kelly Deal and bassist Josephine Wiggs hung with Premier Guitar to take us through the gear that’s been with them for most of the journey.
Kelley Deal tours with two guitars that cover everything from sweet and sensitive to angry and destructive. On the angry side is her 1993 Gibson Les Paul Standard strung with Ernie Ball .011-gauged strings.
On the less aggressive side is her stock 1992 Fender Strat Ultra strung with Ernie Ball .010 strings. The Strat was stolen and went missing for years until it made its way back into Kelley Deals’ life, although a little bit more abused. Deal plays with Dunlop .38 mm and .46 mm picks.