Guitars

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Five minutes with Nathaniel Rateliff (& the Night Sweats) in a service corridor at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Sometimes that’s all you need when someone is this photogenic and the guitar tech is rapid with the gear! Bang bang bang! Check out Guitar.com for a rig rundown and interview with Nathaniel. If you somehow haven’t come across this band yet, check out their appearance on Jimmy Fallon playing S.O.B – the performance that prompted Paul McCartney himself to call Fallon and ask, “Who was that guy?!”  

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Taylor Guitars Factory – Tecate, Mexico

Taylor Guitars Factory – Tecate, Mexico

It was an uncharacteristically wet month in California when I was invited to visit Taylor Guitars HQ in El Cajon, San Diego and cross the border to their Tecate, Mexico factory. The state’s long drought ended with more rainfall in one weekend than the whole of the previous year, and most of it seemed to fall while I sloshed my way down Harbour Boulevard towards the car rental. Walking was a terrible idea, but by the time this became apparent I was already ankle deep in rainwater and it pounded down so hard I could barely lift my head. I arrived soaked through and stood dripping in the doorway!   There was little more sun to be had in Mexico, but the trip was thoroughly enjoyable all the same – as you may know, I love a factory tour! Master luthier Andy Powers took us around the enormous facility and we got to see each stage in the build process of Taylor’s Academy Series guitars. Taylor are big on ethical responsibilities – they are both socially and environmentally conscious as a company and quite unique in that they produce almost every part of the guitar, even the case.   I…

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