Kirchen at Woodrow Wilson
Plaza in Washington, D.C.,
July 7, 2006, with his
Barden-equipped ’ 59 Tele.
Some 10,000 gigs ago, the
sported a sunburst finish.
Photo by Mark Jonas
you have it. I ask you, what else could they call
it? It’s a neat overdrive that can be very transparent. Sometimes I’d use it for a little boost,
and sometimes I’d crank it up. I wish I could
tell you what songs have the Ass Bite and
what songs have an amp turned up to 10.
In “Arkansas Diamond,” there’s a phase
shifter on your guitar parts. Did you use a
pedal for that?
No, I didn’t add that myself. The producer,
Paul Riley, put that on after the fact during
mixing. When I first heard it, I was slightly
miffed. I thought, “What’s that all about?”
But then I realized it’s really a nod to the
great Waylon Jennings and his Maestro
phase shifter, so now I heartily concur. What
the heck—if it was good enough for ol’
Waymore, it’s good enough for me.
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