Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Australian slide guitarist Dave Hole.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My much-loved, much-played, much-travelled Gibson ES-345 guitar.
How did you come across this particular item?
I bought it new from Nicholsons in Perth in 1972. At the time I was (and still am) a huge BB King fan and this guitar looked to be identical to the one that he used, although I later found out that his was the more deluxe model E-S355. Anyway, I fell for it, had to have it and had my grandmother sign on the dotted line for the hire purchase!
What is it that you like about it so much?
I just love the sound of it. It has amazing sustain which makes it really sing, especially when using it with a slide which is what I do mostly. It’s had its neck broken and repaired three times over the years on various flights, so I guess I also admire its resilience – it’s a real survivor.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I’ve written a lot of my songs with it over the years. Being a semi-acoustic, it’s the one I pick up most often when inspiration strikes. Of course, I’ve used it a lot for live performances over the years, but lately I’ve been using it only on record and leaving it at home for a well-earned rest when I’m on the road.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
I’m playing a handful of Australian dates in May in support of my just released album Goin’ Back Down. The album isn’t released in America and globally until Friday June 8, but I’ve been doing a lot of pre-promotion which has kept me busy. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road in Australia for a little R and R.
Goin’ Back Down is out Friday June 8. Catch Dave on tour this month. For all the details visit davehole.com.