CHRISTO­PHER VER­NON

Australian Guitar - - First Chord -

CUR­RENTLY PLAY­ING WITH

Belle Haven

USU­ALLY FOUND PLAY­ING

Venues like the Work­ers Club, Crow­bar and Ar­row On Swanston.

YEARS ON THE FRET­BOARD

Com­ing up on 15 years now. I first picked up the gui­tar at ten years old on a fam­ily hol­i­day in An­gle­sea and learned to play “I’m A Be­liever” by The Mon­kees on an old clas­si­cal gui­tar that the fam­ily owned.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR PLAY­ING STYLE?

Very hard and straight. I love sim­ple power chord pro­gres­sions with catchy leads, and I al­ways tend to go for thicker strings on­stage be­cause of how hard I play.

FIRST AXE

A half-sized ny­lon string kids’ gui­tar. I spent roughly two years play­ing that be­fore my fa­ther bought me an ac­tual steel-stringed acous­tic, which threw me off be­cause I was so used to the half-sized gui­tar at the age of 12.

CUR­RENT AXE

The gui­tar that I’m us­ing 95 per­cent of the time is a Fender Tele­caster. It’s cur­rently tuned to Drop B (B F# B E G# C#) and I use 58-11 gauge D’Ad­dario strings. It has a cus­tom War­moth Fender copy neck, and I re­placed the old Lil ‘59 pick­ups with Sey­mour Dun­can JBs.

RIG/PED­ALS:

I play my Tele into a Line 6 Pod HD 500X via a Line 6 G30 wire­less. In the Pod HD 500X, I use all of the preamps and pedal ef­fects dig­i­tally, but I run out into the power amp of my EVH 5153 50w, and from that into my Har­ley Ben­ton 2x12” cab­i­net with Vintage 30 speak­ers. I don’t go di­rect be­cause 80 per­cent of my tone comes from the gui­tar and the preamps in the Pod HD 500X, but the cab­i­net sim­u­la­tors have never re­ally “done it” for me.

CUR­RENT RE­LEASE

Our sec­ond full-length al­bum – You, Me And Ev­ery­thing in Be­tween – which is out now on Greyscale Records.

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