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Billie Joe Armstrong
From Guitar World: "I looked at my guitar
playing as more as a tool this time (on Nimrod). I didn't want to go outside
of what I can do, but I also didn't want to keep only playing powder chords.
I wanted to noodle around a bit and write these nice little leads and just
add stuff that made sense to the song. I'm more of a rythm player than
a lead player. The stuff that I do play that is more like a solo is a rythmic
kind of thing that blends in with the melody. I'm just into getting a good
powerful sound. Whatever benefits the song is what I try to play. Mike
is a great bass player and Tre's a great drummer, and it's about letting
them play. I'm more of a back-up. We are a very tight unit, and I work
with them to enhance the song rather than go off on long, pretentious guitar
solos. I'm not a guitar player's guitar player. I'm a songwriter. I come
from that Pete Townshend tradition: let the song take it's course and build
a sound around it. It's hard for me to talk about. One of my limitations
is that it's hard for me to talk about guitar playing. I just do what I
am capable of, which is not much."
Guitar is a Fernandes Stratocaster copy he
calls "Blue". On Nimrod he also used some Gibson's, some old Les
Pauls, an ES-355, and ES-135 and a Fender Jaguar. He also made a guitar
he call's "Frankenstein" because it is a combination of several different
parts purchased at a Fender shop.
Has a Seymour Duncan humbucker added to Blue.
Mainly plays through a modified Marshall amp.
On Nimrod he used a Fender Bassman, a Hiwatt, and a Leslie. The amp he
uses on Dookie is most commenly reffered to as the 'pete' amp and can be
seen most noticably at the Woodstock concert, it has 'pete' written across
When asked about what brand his accoustic
guitar is, Billie says: "I don't know, one with strings and a whole in
Billie say's a lot of his sound comes from
strumming. "I use my thumb. It's that half-pick and half-thumb that gives
it that thwack. Also, I don't play with my wrist, I play with my
shoulder and hit it really hard."
Mike Dirnt (bass
From Guitar World: "On this record (Nimrod),
I used Precision basses because my old Gibson G-3 didn't sound good with
the new songs. I used a '66 and '69; they have a real warmth on the low
end. For this record I knew we weren't going for the huge guitar sound;
this gave me more room to get in there. I needed to play a real punchy
bass on the old records because the guitar frequencies where everywhere
and I needed to get right in the middle. I recorded Dookie with a Percision
bass too. I use Mesa/Boogie amps, MB 2000's. They're half-tube and half-solid
state. I wanted to custom-make my own sound , and Mesa/Boogie was really
willing to work with me. They made me 6x10 cabinets, and we put those on
top of a 1x18. I think i'm nailing it. I have an MB 2000 running each one
of my 6x10 cabinets and then a MB 2000 running both of my 18's."
Tre Cool (drums)
Drums: Slingerland Studio King 5 1/2x14"
snare, 14x11 tom-tom, 18x16
floor tom, 22x18 bassdrum.
Drum Heads: Remo coated CS Powerstroke
3 on snare batter.
Coated Empererors on batter side of the
toms and clear Ambassadors
on the bottom. Powerstroke 3 on bassdrum
Cymbals: Zildjian=14" K/Z Hi-Hats (both
bottoms), 19" K Dark thin crash,
19" A medium thin ride, 22" K heavy ride.
Sticks: Zildjian Super 5B wood tip