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 Scottie Simpson, guitarist of local metalcore unit Alpha Wolf, who launch their new EP Fault this Friday.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My ESP LTD EC-401B.
How did you come across this particular item?
I was tracking a friend’s band out of my home studio, he brought in this guitar to track with and I fell in love with it. It just played so well and sounded great for both rhythm and lead. 12 months later I was thinking about purchasing a new guitar that I could install an Evertune bridge in, and immediately thought back to that guitar. So I hit him up, and he sold it to me straight away!
What is it that you like about it so much?
The Evertune bridge is easily the best upgrade I’ve ever done to a guitar. It’s completely changed both the bands live shows, and my studio recordings. No more stressing about tuning, which for Alpha Wolf in drop G in any other circumstance, is always a bit of a nightmare. The 27” baritone neck assists with being able to have lighter gauge strings, while still holding perfect tension with the Evertune. Whereas for the studio, half your day is spent checking tuning, and making sure whatever you are playing is perfect. You save so much time with an Evertune and you get so much more out of your day. I want them in every single one of my guitars.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I’ve always been a 6 string guitarist since I started playing guitar. I switched to a 7 string in Alpha Wolf for a while, as I didn’t have a guitar that could hold Drop G comfortably. However now that I have this guitar, my 7 string has been demoted to my back up guitar and I’m back to what I grew up playing! I want a guitar I can bash around and not have to worry about, which is exactly what this is. I plug it in and I can start riffing straight away. It makes writing at home super comfortable and stress free.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
Our EP Fault is out April 19th through Greyscale Records and SharpTone records. We are touring Europe in April with Emmure, as well as playing some Impericon Festivals whilst we’re out there. We then come back for an Australian Headline tour in May & June, and a hell of a lot more touring through the year to be announced. This will be the busiest Alpha Wolf year yet, and I couldn’t be more stoked.
(Photo credit: Rowan Donohue)