with Peter Bingham of Sendelica
Name: Peter Bingham
Websites: sendelica.bandcamp.com, facebook.com/pages/sendelica/191174294239796
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Pete – An unbranded Telecaster copy that I painted bright orange!!
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
Pete – Live: Les Paul or Tokai Strat into tone pedal/multi fx/Roland Space Echo into Epiphone So Cal 50w valve amp into Marshall JCM 900 speaker cab.
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Pete – My fingers.... Without them.... Nothing!!
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Pete – Currently using two main amps.... Epiphone So Cal 50 which I like as it has a good high volume clean headroom.... & a Marshall JCM 900, although it is very hard to get a “clean” sound with this amp, it does have this amazing heavy sweet spot where solos just sing....
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Pete – Gibson Les Paul 25th Anniversary.... Amazing sustain & has coil taps.... Very versatile guitar. Live I also use a custom Adam Black & a 1980s Japanese Tokai Strat....
QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
Pete – LOL.... A Gibson Les Paul 25th Anniversary with a Floyd Rose Tremolo.
QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?
Pete – Something that makes me sound like Dave Gilmore in 1971.
QRD – How many guitars do you own?
Pete – Five.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
Pete – Racks & cases in a secure environment.
QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?
Pete – Built in amplifies like the 60s budget guitars had.
QRD – Do you change your rig around often?
Pete – In the studio I chop & change a bit, but live I basically use a similar rig.
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Pete – Again in the studio I do tend to experiment a lot with sounds, but live I stick to a few pedals & one or two guitars.
QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?
Pete – I love Gibsons & Tokais, my favourite delay is Space Echo.... Love Gibson & Epiphone valve amps, but occasionally like to delve into Fender amps for something a little different tonal wise.... Different sounds make you play differently....
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?
Pete – “Spaceman Bubblegum” or “Standing on the Edge.”
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Pete – Thirteen
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?
Pete – Always improving
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Pete – It’s a love/hate kind of thing.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming their guitar)?
Pete – I get worried when people take them to bed with them!!
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Pete – Listen to lots of different types of music... & look after your hands... always moisturize!! LOL....
QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?
Pete – I play for a few hours every day.
QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?
Pete – Med gauge... I like to feel it working against the strings.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Pete – Super slinky.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Pete – Quite often.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Pete – Very rarely.... Once in the last year I think....
QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?
Pete – I have some good friends to do that....
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Pete – Tablature, but I tend to record any ideas I have on a little recorder... in case I forget them....
QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?
Pete – Medium height
QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?
Pete –You are always learning.... Every recording session, every practice, every gig.... It is all adding to your experience & technique....
QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Pete – I had lessons from a friend at school.... Chords, few basic riffs.... Then I learnt a lot from just being in bands from a young age....
QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?
Pete – Improvising from your heart, not your head.... Feel it... don’t analyze it.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Pete – Have fat fingers!!
QRD – What’s your take on tremolo systems?
Pete – Don’t use them a great deal.... Just a couple of songs.... I know a lot of people like them.
QRD – How often do you adjust your tone knob?
Pete – Never on my Gibson or Adam Black, but I do fiddle a lot with the Tokai’s controls.
QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?
Pete – No, off course not.... A band is the sum of its parts....
QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?
Pete – Paul Kossof’s Les Paul, Mick Ronson’s Les Paul, Dave Gilmour’s Strat, & Roy Buchanan’s Telecaster.... Yep, that will do me!! LOL....
QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative guitar player & why?
Pete – Acid Mothers Temple’s Kawabata. I just love his “attitude.”
QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?
Pete – With Sendelica & Doctor Locust.
QRD – Anything else?
Pete – New Sendelica album The Kaleidoscopic Kat & His Autoscopic Ego is out mid July on FRG Records.