Vintage Guitar - March 2018 - open - 95
PS-2 Pitch Shifter/Delay is also a fave of mine
- just so many crazy sounds in one pedal. For
wah, I have an old Musonic that looks like
Herman Munster's shoe that has a unique
sweep and is very expressive. Another cool
old pedal is the original Ibanez Flying Pan, an
incredibly versatile device I like to use to record
effects in stereo. The Digitech Space Station is
just too great to not carry around, as I always
find something to use in the bank of
sounds. Other cool effects
are the Multivox
Leslie simulator, the
Sound, which triggers brushes, claves, tambourine, and has some crazy tone filters. Also,
a fuzz bass is always at hand!
Live, the Strymon El Capistan is exceptional,
and I've started using the Supro Drive, which
is killer. The pedal that I'm never without
is the E-H POG 2, which I use more than I
Mastro's favored acoustics are (from left) this
5) '67 Goya T-23, 6) '65 Guild F-30, 7) '79 Guild
F-50 and a 8) mid-'30s National Trojan Resonator.
ever thought I would. From organ sounds to
baritone, 12-string, Mellotron-type stuff, and
more, and it is worth every penny.
How did you build that sonic framework
for Ian's "Soap and Water?"
Mastro in the
rocking a blond
That was my '73 Strat and my '60 Gretsch Double Anniversary for the baritone-sounding part.
Ian and (producer) Andy York sent me the track,
and right away I started hearing a few parts; I
had an idea of where it should go. I'm all about
the hook, and want people to sing the guitar
part as well as the lyric. You want everything
to be memorable.
One of the rarest instruments you own is
your vintage Gibson Firebird III.
Well, one of the advantages... or disadvantages
(laughs) of owning a guitar shop is that I am
my best customer. The Firebird came in as a
single-owner '65 and his family brought it in. It