Magazine article Guitar Player

The Way

Magazine article Guitar Player

The Way

Article excerpt

When Fastball's "The Way" hit the charts running, the band's quality of life improved markedly. Suddenly, they could afford such luxuries as a guitar tech. "Now I can bring a little more gear out on the road," says the band's guitarist and vocalist Miles Zuniga. "But I've been easy on my tech; often I don't change guitars for most of the show. I'm more concerned with entertaining than with getting different tones. If the guitar stays in tune, why bother to change it?"

Zuniga's multitasking guitar is an early-'90s Les Paul Standard, and he also plays a Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean of similar vintage. "They're not prized instruments," he admits. "My approach to touring is, you should only take guitars that can get stolen, broken, or destroyed without sending you into a major emotional breakdown. You don't want to bust out the vintage guitar that has been kept in a climate-controlled vault, because all kinds of crazy things can happen on the road."

As the only guitarist on the band's first tour, Zuniga used a Marshall MKII to fill out the sound. "I went for the loudest, crunchiest thing I could find," he says. "But now we have another guy on the road with us, playing keyboards and the extra guitar parts that I used to cover. I no longer need a powerful amp to get a fuller band sound--just one with a big, clear tone." To that end, he uses either a Fender reissue Bassman or a Vox AC30.

Zuniga emphasizes that, although he does work on his tone, his main job description is making sure Fastball's shows are rocking, sweaty, and fun. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.