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26 October 2010

Shoegaze Quote Of the Month: Kevin Shields on his playing style. From Guitar Player, circa 93.

GW: But that type of bridge became a cornerstone of Kevin's style! That quavering, underwater effect you get with the wang bar taped halfway into the socket.

KS: Yeah.

GW: How did you discover that anyway?

KS: I was trying to imitate string bending and slide-playing, which I couldn't really do. I thought maybe if I tuned two strings to nearly the same pitch and then bent them with the wang bar, maybe it would sound like I was doing that. I borrowed a nice Jazzmaster from a friend, but it had a re-made tremolo that was really big. So I put tape on it to keep it from going all the way into the socket.