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QRD #63 - Guitarist Interview Series IX
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Guitarist Interviews:
Chris Vaisvil
David M Birchall
Stef Ketteringham
Patrick Ogle
Xavier Watkins
Bill Berends
Todd Hawthorne
Michael Clamp
Eric Bessel
Benjamin LÝzninger
Benjamin Duvall
Tom Lugo
Peter Bingham
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Guitarist Interview with Eric Bessel of Lore City
May 2013
Eric Bessel of Lore City
Name: Eric Bessel
Bands: Lore City
Websites: www.lorecitymusic.com

QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?

Eric – A used Fender Squier Strat - it only survived a few years of guitar lessons.

QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?

Eric – Lap Steel & Guitar > Combiner Pedal/Tuner > Effects > Volume Pedal > Effects > Amp.

QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?

Eric – The instrument. I could have all the fancy effects & amps in the world, but the source sound has to be of good quality.

QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?

Eric – Peavey Special Chorus 212. It provides a really nice range of tone control, it can project the sound well, & the cabinet is fairly lightweight compared to other amps of its size.

QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?

Eric – Joe Morrell Pro 6-String Lap Steel & Gibson Les Paul Studio. They’re well made, durable instruments.

QRD – How many guitars do you own?

Eric – 2 lap steels, 2 guitars.

QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?

Eric – At my studio in gig bags. 

QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?

Eric – Made in the USA.

QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?

Eric – I believe the cost of the instrument should be proportional to providing it’s builder a living wage, first & foremost. Infrastructure, logistics, & marketing of the product should be secondary.

QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?

Eric – I’ve upgraded the pickup on one of my lap steels, by recommendation of my guitar tech.

QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?

Eric – Within reason.

QRD – Do you change your rig around often?

Eric – Yes, all kinds of environment factors can affect sound!

QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?

Eric – I try to keep tone as consistent to recordings as possible.

QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?

Eric – It would be great to have my pedalboard wired properly by a pro!

QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?

Eric – Excellent quality tuners.

QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?

Eric – It’s great when utility & effect pedals are compatible with each other. It’s disappointing to flip a perfectly good pedal simply because it doesn’t perform well with other sounds in the signal chain. 

QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?

Eric – Sometime in elementary school.

QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?

Eric – 30.

QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?

Eric – Guitar is a highly accessible & widely available instrument in the west. Depending on where you are in the world, a saz, oud, or hammered dulcimer may be more common. All of these instruments have the potential to be stimulating & challenging for the beginner.

QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?

Eric – Richard Bishop, James Blackshaw, Christoph Hahn, Loren Connors

QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?

Eric – I listen to music constantly. New & old & in various formats.

QRD – What tunings do you use & why?

Eric – E, G#.