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needed work, but as soon as I picked it up, the
weight was right and it resonated beautifully.
I love the way it sits. There's something about
mahogany-body Gibsons from that period
that makes them incredible, and it's one of the
most special-sounding guitars I've ever played.
Those mini-humbuckers are so unique - they
cut through, but also sit well in a track. So, it's
incredibly versatile. Unique to this guitar is
that the headstock is non-reverse. I researched
it and found that Gibson didn't make many.

I'd taken my '65 Jaguar for that show and the
airline lost it! While waiting for it to show up, I
called my friend Nick Tremulis and told him I
had no guitar. He said, "I have a friend who
owns a guitar company." So, John Pirruccello,
who owns Hanson and Lakland, came to the
venue with one of his guitars, and I used it for
the show. It was incredible - one of the most
versatile guitars I ever played, and it had a fat
neck like an old Gibson. I keep going back to
it for Rant Band shows.

That's a Hanson Cigno, made in Chicago
by the same guys who make Lakland basses. I
stumbled on it while playing with Patti Smith;

It varies with the artist. The guitar I'll
use with Ian is not necessarily the one I'll
use with Garland Jeffreys, John Cale, or Ed

Another guitar you play with Ian has P-90s
and a Bigsby.

Speaking of, how do you go about picking
guitars for the stage?

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9) Mastro played this 1960 Gretsch Double
Anniversary for the baritone part on Ian Hunter's
"Soap and Water." 10) This '65 Harmony H-74
and (11) Rickenbacker 370/12 help Mastro add
rhythm textures.

Rogers. It goes back to what's going to work
for the song and voice well with other instruments. Even the venue; is the room boomy or
bright. The Hanson has worked well with Ian,
though I've started to use one of the new Supros,
as well, which I love. They have a glassiness
that cuts through a mix of the two keyboard
players and Mark. For Megan Reilly or Karyn
Kuhl, something more dreamy is required, so


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