Jon Kuenning // Artist Interview

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Where do you play guitar?

I play mostly in my home studio and in bands, We paint The Sky and We Are. 

What gear do you use?

It varies for what I’m feeling. in We Are, it’s always my Vox AC30CCH through an Orange PPC212, with an American Standard Deluxe Tele. In WPTS I play an Orange TH100 through the same Orange 2x12, with my SG Standard. For pedals, I use a Line 6 DL4, Boss DD-20, MXR Carbon Copy, Strymon Blue Sky & Flint, Ibanez TS808, ISP Decimator II and Hotone chromatic tuner, but am always searching for new sounds! At home I play my Peavey 6506+ a ton and use an Isolation cab from Jet City amplification. I have 2 SG standards, an American Deluxe Tele, a Jackson SLSMG, and a Schecter Extreme Omen Extreme-7.

How long have you been playing guitar?

I’ve been playing for about 13 years. Between 13 and 15 years old is when I really started listening to my own music, not what my parents would play on the radio. I had met some guys in a band that were about 4-6 years older than me and I thought they were the coolest dudes ever. One of them started burning me mix CDs of stuff like The Juliana Theory and other Tooth & Nail bands. That’s when it all started for me. 

How do you take your coffee?

Black, or I like Red Bull Total Zero ice cold!

What are your main influences?

Thrice would be my BIGGEST influence. Ever since I “borrowed” a 4 song EP of theirs from a friend in high school, they instantly became my favorite band. To this day I can still say that. Other early influences were As Cities Burn, Haste The Day, Chasing Victory, It Dies Today, etc. I was pretty much just into Metal/core in high school haha. These days stuff like Manchester Orchestra, O’ Brother, Moving Mountains, Everything In Slow Motion and more ambient stuff are what I like to play, but definitely still draw inspiration from Silent Planet, For Today, Dayseeker, and those heavier bands.

What Gear Supply Products do you use?

I use the .60mm & 1.0 Picks, the Medium+ 10-52 strings and am ordering new instrument cables & a patch cable kit for a pedal board rewire! 

What have you been listening to lately?

I have been listening to the latest albums from Thrice, Architects, Silent Planet, & Earth Groans EP have been on constant rotation.

What was your first guitar Pedal?

It was a Danelectro T-Bone distortion I got from a friend who decided electric guitar wasn’t for him, and we just going to stick to acoustic. I played that pedal for a couple years. A battery eventually leaked on the circuit board leaving it making some cool sounds until eventually just killing the pedal altogether.

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

I’m a hardcore bargain shopper, I’ve only bought one guitar new and only a couple pedals new, my Telecaster, DD-20, and a tuner. But my most recent banging’ deal was my 2nd SG standard I got off eBay. It was a 2015 model with those awful robots tuners. I was able to get it for $700 after placing the robot tuners,  and selling them for a couple hundred bucks a few weeks later.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Hasley, Sia, Beyonce’ and a bunch of other electro/pop music. I LOVE IT. Haha. The best cruisin’ tunes.

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