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Alexander Woodard // Artist Interview

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Where do you play guitar? 

These days I mostly play at home or in the studio with my band Adelaide. My living room has surprisingly great acoustics so I do most of my writing there.

What gear do you use? 

My gear is always changing but the staples of my rig are an old single channel Orange AD30 combo, my American Deluxe Telecaster, and a Barber LTD overdrive pedal. I couldn’t say enough good things about the Barber LTD. Unfortunately, they don’t make it anymore. I’ve had horrible dreams where mine stops working and I fall into the endless abyss of trying to find the perfect transparent overdrive again.

How long have you been playing guitar? 

I have been playing guitar for around 15 years. Like most 90’s kids, I fell in love with rock and roll while watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Broadway musical “Coming Out of Their Shells.” If you aren’t lucky enough to still own the VHS, you can find it on YouTube. It is as inspiring as it is terrible.

How do you take your coffee? 

Black. Typically in Americano form. I like to leave room for cream and sugar but leave out the cream and sugar.

What was your first guitar pedal? 

It was a Line 6 DL4 delay. For a good year after buying it everything I wrote had way too much delay. I would sit in my bedroom for hours playing with the built in looper.

What Gear Supply Products do you use? 

I use GSCo 11-48 Heavy electric strings in the purple pack, and 12-53 Medium acoustic strings on all my guitars. I use the GSCo Patch Cables on my pedal board,  2x 20’ orange GSCo Guitar Cables, .60mm picks, the Guitar Cleaner, and a black Seat Belt Strap.

What are your main influences? 

Bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Copeland, and Mae had a big impact on my playing style early on.

What have you been listening to lately? 

I can’t get enough of Glen Hansard’s new record Didn’t He Ramble and the Punch Brother’s record The Phosphorescent Blues. I hardly feel like a musician after listening through “Familiarity”, the first track on that record.

What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a piece of gear? 

I once bought a ‘72 Fender Thinline Telecaster for $275. This was at a legit guitar shop so I’m still not quite sure how it happened. The price tag said $450 on it which I thought was a decent price. I played it for a good half hour and the owner would periodically yell a lower price at me from across the store. I knew I had to buy it once his yelling went below $300.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I have an on-again, off-again relationship with McDonalds Egg McMuffins. Muscially, I unashamedly own a few Taylor Swift records.

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