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Guitarist Interview with Lee McKinney of Born of Osiris
August 4, 2017

Name: Lee McKinney
Bands: Born of Osiris, In Motive
Websites: http://www.facebook.com/BornofOsiris, http://www.facebook.com/InMotiveMusichttp://www.LeeMcKinney.com

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

Lee – Gibson Flying V 3/4 size! I got it when I was ten. I still have it to this day; I plan to make a display case for it.

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

Lee – My signature Kiesel LPM model guitars, into an AXE FX. Our computer that runs the click track changes my patches for me.

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

Lee – My Signature Kiesel LPM models! They are perfect!

QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?

Lee – Axe FX! It’s everything I need it to be & you can travel anywhere with it.

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

Lee – My Kiesel LPM models. Six & seven string usually. The piezo is what really makes the guitar go from the meanest sounding guitar to the prettiest sounding guitar.

QRD – Do you change your rig around often?

Lee – No I don’t. The AXE FX is so versatile that I don’t need to do much outside of it.

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

Lee – I actually like to stick closely to what I have at least for live, I can develop a close relationship with our sound guy & he knows what he’s getting day in & day out. The studio on the other hand, constant experimentation!

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

Lee – 10.

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

Lee – I’d say play piano first.

QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?

Lee – Both! There’s a love/hate relationship at times.

QRD – How often do you break strings?

Lee – Never.

QRD – What tunings do you use & why?

Lee – 6 string DROP C, 7 string DROP G.

QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?

Lee – Try to sound like a keyboard!