Me & My Gui­tar: Han­nah Trig­well

Af­ter build­ing a fan­base on Youtube, the song­writer re­leases her de­but al­bum fea­tur­ing this un­usual Fin­nish elec­tric

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1 “This is my cus­tom Flax­wood Rau­tia. I was ap­proached by Zed dis­tri­bu­tion and they asked me if I wanted to try out any of the Flax­wood mod­els be­fore a show when I was sup­port­ing Walk Off The Earth at the 02 Academy in Brix­ton, which is the big­gest show in the UK I’ve ever done. I wanted to try them out be­cause [Lee Bolt] from Walk Off The Earth had one and I thought they looked amaz­ing. So I tried them out back­stage and this is the one that fit­ted me best.”

2 “I re­ally like my Amer­i­can Stan­dard Fen­der Tele­caster but it hasn’t been set up in such a long time be­cause this gui­tar just feels per­fect for me. It’s been in a room get­ting dusty while this is the one that comes out and gets the lime­light.”

3 “These gui­tars are re­ally unique [the body, neck and back­plate of a Flax­wood gui­tar are made in moulds from a fi­br­ere­in­forced ther­mo­plas­tic com­pos­ite con­tain­ing spruce called flax] and that’s what gives it the crazy pat­tern on the body. The neck is a bolt-on. The body is hol­low and that af­fects the weight of it a lot, mak­ing it re­ally light and easy to use on­stage. Flax­wood gui­tars [are] more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and although that’s not my high­est pri­or­ity – I want the gui­tar to be good first and fore­most – it is re­ally cool to know that it’s not dam­ag­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment be­cause I’d like to not have that guilt with me when I go on tour.”

4 “The way that it’s a cus­tom for me is that they added a switch on be­cause I was a lit­tle con­cerned with [the Sey­mour Dun­can] hum­buck­ers be­cause I was so used to us­ing my Tele­caster. That has a twangy, tre­bly sound and I was con­cerned it would be too heavy for the stuff I was play­ing on tour. So they’ve given me an ex­tra con­trol [a coil-split for the hum­buck­ers with a five-way switch] that lets me play with a re­ally tre­bly tone which is sim­i­lar to my Tele­caster.”

5 “The bal­ance be­tween acous­tic and elec­tric songs in my live set is about 50/50. When I want to play more up­beat songs I’ll go for this gui­tar and I use it with a lot of ped­als. When I’m play­ing gui­tar I usu­ally use my looper pedal, which is the TC Elec­tronic Heli­con Voice­live 3 that has voice ef­fects on there as well, which means I can build a re­ally big sound with just one gui­tar. I also use an [Elec­tro-har­monix] Analo­gizer; my Voice­live 3 pedal has an amp sim­u­la­tion, which is great but the sound is a lit­tle too dig­i­tal for me so I just use that Analo­gizer pedal to warm things up and it makes a range of weird noises.”

6 “I used this gui­tar a lot when I was record­ing my up­com­ing de­but al­bum Red, which fits re­ally well with the colour! I used it on pretty much ev­ery song and the al­bum is a mix­ture of dark pop and re­ally stripped-back acous­tic stuff. There’s one par­tic­u­lar song called Withoutyou that was just go­ing to be an acous­tic track but I re­alised it worked a hell of a lot bet­ter with the tones this was mak­ing. So that track is stripped but the tones of this re­ally shine through and that’s one of my favourite tracks from the whole al­bum.”

Red is out now via Han­nah’s la­bel Teapot Records

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