Hunter H. Keegan
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People often ask me why I own “so many” guitars. I have 4 electric guitars, 1 electric bass, and one acoustic guitar and eventually plan on buying a couple more once I get my money right.
Disclaimer: I would also point out that I’ve been playing stringed instruments for about 15 years now and my collection of instruments is a fairly carefully curated and tasteful collection compared to what some other gear addicts are using.
First and foremost, they all are designed for different purposes. At a glance, many people may think “Well, an electric guitar is just an electric guitar,” however there are fundamental differences between them.
To put it simply, it’s sort of like the difference between using a claw hammer versus using a rubber mallet to whack something.
My Fender Stratocaster, which is the prototypical electric guitar design (along with the Gibson Les Paul which was developed during the same era in the 1940s and 1950s, and which incidentally I have never been a fan of) uses very bright sounding single coil pickups (pickups are the thing that actually pick up the sound of the guitar strings when you pluck or strum them). Examples of this can be found extensively on my album Dark Little Eyes, if I recall correctly the Stratocaster is actually the only electric guitar that was used on that album.
Meanwhile I have a Warmoth guitar that I custom designed and personally assembled which I call “Minerva,” it is based off of a Jackson Soloist body type. It is a warmer sounding guitar that uses majorly different electronics, wood, and is basically set up like a more modern version of the Fender Strat in terms of carved body type and physical feel. This guitar has appeared a few different times on my recorded works, including on the Last Known Images song “RAINBOW.”
I recently constructed a project guitar that I just call “Lucifer” (because it was made specifically with death/doom metal in mind and looks evil) it’s a modified Schecter Gryphon body that would be worth about $25 if I had sold it. Instead I upgraded it with very high output pickups (most notably a Seymour Duncan JB which I absolutely love). It uses a fixed bridge – fixed directly onto the body and cannot be tilted like with a tremolo-equipped guitar like the Jackson, Warmoth, and Fender to add improved tuning stability. It appears on the upcoming song, “The Horror Yet To Come” and is specifically designed for very low tuned heavy metal songs.
Anyway, that’s the gist of it. I do not collect crappy guitars for fun like some other guys seem to do. Everything I own serves a very specific function and was acquired for a specific purpose. Listen to Last Known Images or my solo albums to hear all of them in action.
(c.) 2020 Hunter H. Keegan