KT Tunstall is a fearless musician. Each night she builds complex loops that could spin out of control at any second. A great guitarist, percussionist, singer and writer, Tunstall won a BRIT Award for Best Female Artist and the European Border Breaker Award. While on the tail end of her 2018 tour, Tunstall was kind enough to take PG’s John Bohlinger through her rig and reveal the mystery of her live loops.
For over a decade, Tunstall has logged a lot of hard miles on her beloved Gibson Elvis Dove featuring a rare black finish and star fret markers. This Dove, and its counterpart, are loaded with an L.R. Baggs Element Active pickup system and are strung with D’Addario Phosphor Bronze EJ17 .013-.056 strings. Tunstall plays with Dunlop Nylon .73 mm and Tortex .60 mm picks.
For an electric edge, Tunstall goes with this new Supro Poppy Red Belmont Vibrato that has the whammy bar removed. Her electric guitars are strung with D’Addario NYXL (.011–.049).