Carrying on the Austin, Texas, pysch-rock torch sparked by the hometown giants, The 13th Floor Elevators, guitarist Christian Bland and multi-instrumentalists Jake Garcia and Kyle Hunt show off their vintage gear and display how they get their radical sounds.
This instrument started it all. This is Christian Bland’s main baby and he’s had it since the band formed in the early 2000s. He scored this 1978 Rickenbacker 345 on eBay after getting his SG stolen from bandmate Alex Maas’ house. Being a big Beatles fan, he always wanted a Rickenbacker and had to settle for this model even though John used 320 and 330 models. (Lefties can’t be too picky.) he uses D’Addario Pure Nickel (.011 sets) on all his guitars and shreds with Dunlop Orange Tortex .60 mm picks.
The band’s other left-handed guitarist Jake Garcia’s main ride is a 1971 Gibson ES-335. It was a player’s guitar so he’s had several refret jobs, added new tuners, graphite saddles, and installed period-correct Throbak P.A.F.-style pickups in it. You may notice the battle scars of four-removed switches and that was from single-coil taps that Jake got rid of to get the guitar as close as possible to its early ’70s roots.
The only righty guitarist in the band, Kyle Hunt, rocks with this 1965 Fender Jazzmaster he bougt years ago at Austin Vintage. He changed out the tuners and added a Mastery bridge, otherwise he believes it’s stock as the day it was made. He goes with either D’Addario or Gabriel Tenorio (.011 sets) and strums away with Dunlop Yellow Tortex .73 mm picks.