Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I joined Fu Manchu when I was 19 years old. Been playing with them for over 11 years now.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
AC/DC and Black Sabbath. When my brother moved out he left a nylon string guitar and a lot of his tapes and records behind. I took over on them and started playing his guitar along with “For Those About to Rock” and “Paranoid.”
What was your first electric guitar?
1987 White Fender Squire.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
Pink Floyd “Animals”
Bad Brains “1982 Yellow Album”
Wes Montgomery “Full House”
The Cars “1st Album”
Devo “Freedom of Choice”
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Meeting half of DEVO at their headquarters.
How did you hear about Reverend?
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Tone is awesome! They can handle tons of gain, and they stay in tune better than any other guitar I have ever used.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Marshall 2000 DSL, Creepy Fingers fuzz (many different kinds), Vintage Tone Project Fuzz, MXR phase 100 (70′s), Crybaby, Boss Digital Delay, Noise Suppressor, Tuner.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Surfing, Coors Light, bad movies.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Play along with records or play with people.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
www.playthisriff.com is my teaching website.It will launch at the end of April 2009. It features high definition lesson videos and tabs for every Fu Manchu song I have ever played on. It also features lessons for tech stuff, soloing, theory, practice tips, and much more. Guest teachers include Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, The Dwarves, Mondo Generator), Jack Gibson (Exodus), Ron Emory (T.S.O.L.), Mike Watt (Minutemen, DOS, fIREHOSE, Mike Watt and the Second Men), Dan Beeman, Kyle Stevenson, and Jon Fuller (Helmet), Shane Clark (3 Inches of Blood), Hewhocannotbenamed and The Fresh Prince of Darkness (The Dwarves), and Brant Bjork (Fu Manchu, Kyuss, The Bros, The Operators). I have many more guest teachers lined up so stay informed by visiting www.playthisriff.com!