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Kurt Vile's Favorite Piece of Musical Equipment

Guitar virtuoso Kurt Vile is this week’s featured artist on Pitchfork’s Guest List, where he dishes on what he’s listening/reading these days, touring with J Mascis and his favorite piece of musical equipment, which just happens to a Fender.

“My 1964 Fender Jaguar, which I just got in Nashville on the J Mascis tour,” Vile tells Pitchfork. “I should credit my buddy Rob Laakso again because he has a ’63. I have a lot of good guitars, but I never had one over-the-top, super-nice, high-quality guitar. They’re almost handmade; this was before CBS bought the company and started to sort of skimp. So this is like the purest form of the Jaguar. It’s not the easiest to find, and they’re not the cheapest either, to say the least.

“I got to Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, which was toward the end of the tour, and I played it and it sounded amazing. But still I had to take the plunge and actually buy it, so I was like, ‘Uh, do you take American Express?’ I walked out of the store shaking. Now it’s my favorite piece. It’s amazing. It’s a beast.”

More from his interview with Pitchfork here.

Check out Vile’s most recent release, Smoke Ring for My Halo, here. He’s also got a string of dates with Kurt Vile & the Violators, followed by a two-week run in July with Thurston Moore. Tour info here.

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