Mascis onstage at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18,
2010. Photo by A Horse With No Name Photography
delay—the pedal one. I also use
a Boss reverb, the RV- 5. That
was something Bob Bradshaw
recommended, and I like it. I
still have an old rack Roland
reverb that I like for snare drum
and studio stuff. I knew they
had some good ideas on reverb
anyway. But I don’t really have
any rack stuff anymore.
And what amps are you using?
I use two old, 100-watt plexi
Marshalls and then two 100-
watt Hiwatts. They all have
Tell us about some of your
vintage guitars. Which are
A ’ 58 Telecaster is my favorite
one, I guess. I’ve had it for a long
time. I used to take it out on the
road but, yeah, then I stopped.
Yeah, it’s too risky. You had some
valuable stuff stolen in 2006
after a gig in Brooklyn, right?
Yeah, luckily I didn’t have it
there. For simplicity, I just have
Jazzmasters. At one point, I had,
like, three Jazzmasters and two
Teles, and it got too confusing.
Which pieces of gear have stayed
with you since the beginning?
The Big Muff and the Electric
Mistress, I guess, are the two
things I first had and still use.
Where do you find your vintage instruments?
Wherever. I guess now the
internet a lot. But it’s kind of
hard to buy a guitar without
Sunburst 1963 and ’ 65 Fender Jazzmasters, Fender J Mascis
Jazzmaster, 1950s Martin 000-18, Gibson CF- 100 and
Martin D- 28 F acoustics with Sunrise pickups
Late-’60s Marshall plexi Super Bass head, late-’60s Marshall
plexi Super PA head, early-’70s Hiwatt Custom 100 DR103
head, Marshall 4x12 cabs, late-’70s or early-’80s Hiwatt
Custom 100 1x12 combo used as a wedge monitor
Bob Bradshaw pedalboard controlling Custom Z. Vex pedal
containing two Box of Rocks units, custom Dr. Scientist
pedal containing a Woofer Wailer and a Frazz Dazzler,
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, RMC wah, Electro-Harmonix
Electric Mistress, Megavibe Uni-Vibe copy, Eventide
TimeFactor delay pedal, Boss RV- 5 reverb
Dunlop 1. 14 mm Tortex picks, DR Tite-Fit MT- 10
(.010–.046) strings, Monster speaker and pedalboard cables,
Mogami instrument cable
If you find something on, say,
Craigslist, do you go buy it
Yeah, but anything that seems
to be good on Craigslist seems
to be too far away. I wanted to
look at a guitar recently, but it
was like an hour and half away.
It’s just like, “Eh . . . .” It would
also be uncomfortable if it’s just
some guy and not a store, and
I was like “Uh, no, I don’t like
your guitar. See ya later.”
Even if the deal didn’t go
through, he’d get a good story
out of it . . .
Yeah, I don’t know . . . in certain circles. I drove to Vermont
and bought a Jazzmaster from a
guy who lived in a trailer, and
that was pretty cool [laughs].