Me & my gui­tar: dan steven­son

Fron­tierer / Sec­tioned The math­core man re­veals the only seven-string that can with­stand his level of pun­ish­ment

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“I play seven-string gui­tars and this is my go-to. It’s a Chap­man ML-7T. Ab­so­lutely amaz­ing gui­tars. I’ve been work­ing with the com­pany since Jan­uary / Fe­bru­ary of 2017. Ini­tially, I went to these gui­tars af­ter I had some bad ex­pe­ri­ences with some other seven-string gui­tars, mainly in that I play quite ag­gres­sively and I had a lot of bro­ken parts that would be road-worn quickly. So I changed to this brand out of in­ter­est and ev­ery­thing about it lends it­self well to what I play.”


“The ex­tended 673mm (26.5") scale I find very use­ful for low tun­ings. I play in F typ­i­cally in both bands, and there are vari­a­tions on that. With the other gui­tars I’ve had in the past, they didn’t hold tune that well and I found a lot of the time, the way that I played just damaged the bod­ies. With this it works out re­ally well. It has Hip­shot lock­ing tuners too.”


“The only thing I’ve changed is the pickup in the bridge and that’s a Bare Knuckle Painkiller in burnt chrome and it ac­cents ev­ery­thing in the low -end re­ally well whilst main­tain­ing a lot of heat. It gives you a lot of dis­tor­tion but clar­ity too. It has a stock Chap­man pickup at the front.”


“The body is swamp ash with a maple neck and ebony fret­board. Ev­ery­thing in­to­nates well.”


“The only rea­son I have to tape over this is that I play far too ag­gres­sively and no gui­tar holds up with just the but­ton it­self, so I have a bit of ex­tra tape.”


“I change my strings quite reg­u­larly and I’m play­ing an eight-string set at the mo­ment, us­ing the low 74 gauge on that for the F tun­ing.”


“I find Chap­man to be a re­ally great com­pany to work with pri­mar­ily because they care about their artists a lot. I’ve got a lot of friends who work with maybe big­ger brands but don’t get as much at­ten­tion. The first day I went on tour af­ter the en­dorse­ment I got a call from the MD Matt wish­ing me a re­ally good tour and he sent me a t-shirt. I don’t think you’d get that at a lot of com­pa­nies, so it’s a nice team to be a part of.”


An­ni­hi­lated is re­leased on 27 April. They will tour later in the year

Fron­tierer’s al­bum Unloved is re­leased on 27 July with a UK and Euro­pean tour in Au­gust

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