Pelican guitarists Dallas Thomas and Trevor de Brauw spoke with PG’s Chris Kies before their show at Louisville’s Zanzabar. The instrumental duo broke down their tonal philosophy and introduced the tools they depend on to make beautiful chaos onstage and in the studio.
After helping his friend Dave Johnson get a foot in the door at Nashville’s guitar scene at Gruhn’s, and wanting to stay busy while gathering clients, Dallas proposed a crazy concept of combining three of his favorite Gibsons into one mean machine. The custom two-off (you’ll see in the next photo) was built by Scale Model Guitars and is a SG body, Les Paul Custom neck, and a Flying V headstock. The lone pickup is a Lace Finger Burner and it is equipped with D’Aaddario XL EPS600 Pro Steel .013–.056 strings that are tuned to B. He used to play steel picks but was shredding through too many strings so he now goes with the Dunlop Jazz IIIs.
Trevor de Brauw frequently scours pawnshops and his longtime No. 1 was one of his proudest scores in Chicago. He was told that it was a ’71 Gibson SG, but after checking several serial-number databases, he wasn’t able to concretely identify its birth year. And just like Dallas, he uses D’Aaddario XL EPS600 Pro Steel .013–.056 strings.