with Rainstick Cowbell
Name: Rainstick Cowbell
Bands: Rainstick Cowbell
Websites: rainstickcowbell.com, rainstickcowbell.bandcamp.com/album/damage-control-damage
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Rainstick – Cheap Korean Fender acoustic I purchased when I was 18. It’s the guitar I still play.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
Rainstick – Fender sound-hole pickup & a bridge pickup. Two 1/4” into the two channels on my Fender Twin Reverb. No effects.
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Rainstick – Guitar.
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Rainstick – Fender Twin. I’m not a gearhead, I just like the sound.
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Rainstick – My acoustic has great bounce. I can get pretty spastic when I play & that fucker can take a beating.
QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
Rainstick – Acoustic with high action & fat frets.
QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?
Rainstick – Don’t know shit about pedals.
QRD – How many guitars do you own?
Rainstick – One.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
Rainstick – I keep her sitting on a stand, ready to play.
QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?
Rainstick – Protection from damage. I bought a SKB flight case for touring & that thing is solid.
QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?
Rainstick – Haven’t been on the market since 1988
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?
Rainstick – I don’t like change.
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?
Rainstick – Whatever current song I am working on.
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Rainstick – Eighteen.
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?
Rainstick – Somewhere in my 40s.
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Rainstick – We’re in this thing together. It’s my hands that give me trouble.
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?
Rainstick – Threw it & broke the headstock at a totally out of control show. Alcohol!
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Rainstick – I sing.
QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?
Rainstick – 10-20. Sometimes more. That’s about right for me.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Rainstick – 12’s. They’re nice & thick.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Rainstick – Every 3 weeks or so.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Rainstick – Few times a year.
QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?
Rainstick – Both those bastards are a pain to work with.
QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?
Rainstick – Sent it to a pro once when I had money. That was cool. I don’t know shit about that stuff.
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Rainstick – I keep it in my head.
QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?
Rainstick – Fucking up on the critical parts.
QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?
Rainstick – Good guitar playing.
QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?
Rainstick – Being really talented & proficient.
QRD – What’s your favorite guitar gadget (Ebow, capo, slide, string cutter, etc)?
Rainstick – I use a capo.
QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?
Rainstick – Tuning.
QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Rainstick – No.
QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?
Rainstick – Play it like you mean it.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Rainstick – Drink a lot of beer & not give a fuck.
QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?
Rainstick – Come see me live. Shit gets stupid.