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I might use the Jaguar or Gretsch. Plus,
it helps me justify keeping all these
guitars (laughs).

Mastro's primary stage guitars with the Rant Band
are this Supro Coronado II and Hanson Cigno.

Do you use a similar variety
of amps?

I have a great '73 Strat in original
Candy Apple Red; I bought it when
I worked at We Buy Guitars on 48th
Street in '79. I wanted it so bad, but
couldn't afford the $300. A customer
even put a deposit on it after I showed
him everything else and tried talking him out of it. Every week, he
came in and put more money
down - a dagger in my heart
each time. He was one
payment from taking
it home, and came in
and told the boss he
couldn't afford it. As
soon as he walked out,
I told my boss to keep
my salary until it was
paid off! It's the guitar
I used on all The Bongos'
records, and now I mostly
use it for sessions where I am
doing leads or slide.

I've got a ton of vintage amps,
but my go-to for smaller gigs
around New York City is a '68
Princeton Reverb, which is an
all-around great amp. I've recently
started using the Supro Black
Magic with Ian and it has really impressed me. Those
are the two for around
town. For recording,
my Magnatone M15
and '67 Ampeg Reverberocket are pure
tone. You can't beat
the Magnatone's
reverb and vibrato
or t he A mpeg's
tremolo.
Do you consider
yourself a collector?

My wife will tell you
that I'm definitely a collector
(laughs). But, if I'm not using
something for awhile, I will get rid
of it. I use most of the things I have now.

Take us through some of the unique
guitars in your collection...

I stumbled across a Guitar Center limited
edition Les Paul 1960 reissue, and as soon as
picked it up the wood felt right. I don't have
huge finger vibrato, so I added a Bigsby. It's just a
great guitar - perfect for that classic-rock tone.
There's also a '60s Zim-Gar six-string bass I
got from Tom Verlaine, which is strung
as a baritone. It's an incredible instrument and I've used it more than I ever
imagined. It's got that "handle" that
would emerge later on the Ibanez
Steve Vai guitars. Sonically, it's in a
frequency that sits well with the track.
Another cool Japanese guitar is a
Norma I used on Ian's latest record. It is
a short-scale and you can't get much past
the 12th fret, so you can't hot-dog on it,
but it's a fun guitar with a unique
tone, and it makes you play
different. Certain guitars
just inspire you to play
different things.
My '65 Jag came
into Guitar Bar
about 10 years

What's next?

ago. It's a single-owner and
the guy played in a local funk band in the
'60s and '70s. It had all the sweat and mojo
already. Until then, I'd never found a Jaguar
I liked, but this is probably the most-versatile
guitar I have, and use most for sessions and
local gigs.

Mastro used
this '60s Norma
on Ian Hunter's
latest record,
Fingers Crossed.
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I'm be going out with a singer/songwriter
from Norway named Numa Edema, and we're
doing six weeks opening for Stephen Stills and
Judy Collins. I'm looking forward to it, as I'll be
the only guitar player, so I'll be orchestrating
parts and sounds for the two of us to fill big
rooms. A challenge for sure, but that's what
keeps it exciting.


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