The Portland, Oregon, rockers rolled into Nashville, and before their show at the Exit/In, guitarists Bryan Giles and David Sullivan, along with bassist Aaron Beam, spoke with PG’s Perry Bean about how a lot of their gear decisions have two common factors: Delta and keeping up with hard-hitting drummer John Sherman.
In a 2016 interview with PG, and for most of Bryan Giles guitar-playing life in Red Fang, he was seen with a heavily-modified 5-string Fender Mustang from the mid ’60s. That all changed when the band did a quick jaunt over to Europe for a few festival dates and Delta misplaced Giles’ guitars and ultimately shipped them back to the band’s HQ in Oregon. Giles, being the true professional, used his bandmate David Sullivan’s backup—the Nik Huber Krautster II you see above—and it’s been his main jammer ever since. Still not using the high-E string, Giles uses Dunlop Heavy Core strings (.014–.049) and Dunlop Tortex 1mm picks.
David Sullivan was an early rider on the Nik Huber bandwagon and his main hog right now is this single-pickup Krautster. The pickup is a Häussel VIN+ B A5 Bridge model. And like his 6-string bandmate, he uses Dunlop Heavy Core strings (but are gauged .010–.048) and Dunlop Tortex picks (.73 mm).
Bassist Aaron Beam gets all his work done with this 1986 G&L SB-1. He generally uses any brand strings that are gauged .045–.105.