with Jason Lamoreaux of The Corrupting Sea
Name: Jason Lamoreaux
Bands: The Corrupting Sea
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Jason – Fender Mexican Strat - still have it.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
– I work purely with a computer. I run both my bass (Gibson 5 String)
& guitar through an Ampeg SVTIII Pro, then through an Omega
computer connection mini-sound device & then to the USB port in the
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Jason – Um, my guitar :).
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
– Ampeg SVTIII Pro - I love the solid state/tube amp options on this
model. The versatility in tone adjustment is diverse & makes
for personalizing it vast.
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Jason – Mexican Strat :). I love the tones it has. It’s both warm & tinny at the same time.
QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
– 5 Passive Pick Ups for diverse options in sound. The wood would
be thick & heavy to get a nice warm low end. Being a bass
player primarily, I love a good, warm guitar. The fret board
would be made of a dark wood for this primary reason.
QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?
– Some form of a boutique delay pedal. I’m a sucker for walls of
sound. Probably a mad professor deep blue because it produces
great vintage tones.
QRD – How many guitars do you own?
Jason – 1 six string; 1 five sting bass.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
– When in use, they are out on stands in my office. When not,
they are in hard cases or soft cases in a storage closet in my house so
they are out of the sunlight, etc.
QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?
Jason – For me, protection is of the utmost importance & my hard cases do everything I need.
QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?
Jason – Tone, feel, & passive pick-ups.
QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?
Jason – Oh geeze. That’s hard to say for a poor dude.
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?
– I generally don’t mess with my guitars because I’m pretty
mechanically inept. Don’t let me fix your toilet or anything ;).
QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?
– I tend to read up on a piece of equipment for hours; then, once I’ve
narrowed down choices, I will find a local shop where I can go spend an
hour or so messing with it.
QRD – Do you change your rig around often?
Jason – Nope. Don’t have the cash to do so.
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Jason – Because I’m an experimental musician, I change things up A LOT. Probably every time I begin recording a new track.
QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?
– Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100, Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabinet, Mesa
Boogie Walkabout, TC Electronic Flashback TonePrint Delay Looper Guitar
QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?
Jason – I think simple is best on a first guitar. Just make sure the pick-ups are passive.
QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?
Jason – Hm.... I’m pretty careful, so I can’t say I have one.
QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?
– BC Rich funky ass metal guitars. I mean, how awkward can a
guitar get to play? Their Beast, V, & Mockingbird basses feel
like shit in your hands. Beyond that, they sound like clunky crap
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?
Jason – I make it up when I go along. I love the A sus chord though. So soothing.
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Jason – I’m actually a bass player. I started when I was about 14. Picked up guitar here & there along the way.
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?
Jason – Haven’t gotten close.
QRD – Why do you think a guitar fits you more so than other instruments?
– I like how it feels in my hand. Also, I have to move around while
playing or I go nuts. Pianos are nice, but I just feel stilted by
it & drums work but I hate just sitting in one place.
QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?
Jason – No, hence mine is a bass :).
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Jason – Yes.
QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?
– Eric Campuzano, Jason21, Torsten Kinsella, Niels Kinsella, Herb
Grimaud Jr., Niel Halstead, Graham Halstead, Robin Guthrie.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming their guitar)?
Jason – Don’t care.
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?
Jason – None.
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Jason – I warm up with scales & such.
QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?
Jason – I play when I record now. When I was younger, I played often & almost daily.
QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?
Jason – On the bass, I use no pick. On the guitar, I try to find the flimsiest pick I can. I just love how it feels.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Jason – I use a light string on my guitar. I like the high end on them.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Jason – I try to do it after two or three recording sessions.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Jason – I don’t.
QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?
– Fretting. I tend to play singular notes instead of chords when
I record, but that has to do with the style of music I play I guess.
QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?
Jason – Me. Cuz of cash.
QRD – What tunings do you use & why?
Jason – I use standard. Haven’t played much with any other.
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Jason – No notation please. I’m not good at reading it & playing.
QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?
Jason – Like, measured? Um, don’t know. I like to have the guitar at about my stomach.
QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?
Jason – The “not playing enough” habit.
QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s guitar playing?
– I think pianos can teach us about chord structures & seeing the
notes differently. That can break us out of seeing our guitar
structure in a stagnant way.
QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?
Jason – Jazz.
QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?
Jason – I’m not dead yet.
QRD – What’s the last guitar trick you learned?
Jason – None.
QRD – What’s your favorite guitar gadget (ebow, capo, slide, string cutter, etc)?
Jason – My Guitool.
QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?
Jason – I would like to be more proficient in going from the high end of the neck to the low without much notice in the jump.
QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Jason – I did. It helped me with chord structures & scales a bunch.
QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?
Jason – Well, probably the same thing my bass teacher taught me... think way outside the box.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Jason – I hope no one ever tries.
QRD – What’s your take on tremolo systems?
Jason – Don’t use ‘em.
QRD – How often do you adjust your tone knob?
Jason – On almost every track.
QRD – What do you see as the difference between lead guitar & rhythm guitar players?
– I’m hard pressed to make that distinction anymore simply because the
music I listen to doesn’t create those barriers or labels.
QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?
Jason – Hell no.
QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?
Jason – None. No person makes an object magically more important to me.
QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative guitar player & why?
– Torsten & Niels Kinsella - I’m more about sound innovations &
pasting together different tones & these two are masters at doing
QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?
Jason – In my head.
QRD – Anything else?
Jason – Nope.