The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr. (left) and Nick Valensi (right) as seen in Guitar World.
Guitar World offers a lengthy interview with the Strokes guitar tandem Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi in its May issue. The article covers their approach to making music, new album Angles, and what guitars, amps and pedals they used to create it.
Although GW notes that the Strokes sound has always hinged on a loose and ragged interplay, Hammond explained otherwise.
“We’ve always played guitar like that,” says Hammond. “And everything we do is very thought out, even thought it might not sound like it.”
Hammond also discusses his main axe.
“It’s an ’85 reissue of a ’72 Strat,” Hammond says. “It’s wired so hot, and I usually keep it on the middle pickup. It kinda sounds like a little weaker version of a P-90. I actually sent it to Fender to see if they could copy it, and they couldn’t do it. But it works for me. It fits. It’s my guitar. It’s been on the road with me for 10 years, and it’s seen everything. It’s been beaten up too, poor little guy.”
Hammond bought the Strat, and an Epiphone Riviera that Valensi uses, from a guy in New York city who sells guitars out of his apartment.
“I think he (Albert) paid $300 for them,” Valensi recalls for GW. “They were both great. And he came back to the band and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you play one?’ And I was like, ‘Shit, which one are you not gonna play?’ So I ended up with the Riviera.”
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