“I showed the Strymon BigSky to Lana, and she was like, ‘Oh, we need that.’ I plugged into a 100-watt Marshall, and the riff came out in 10 seconds”: Lana Del Rey guitarist Blake Lee thrives on making his Strat sound like anything but a guitar

Blake Lee and Lana Del Rey perform during the 2016 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
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The music of Lana Del Rey, for all its textured and vintage-inspired glory, is brimming with undertones of guitar goodness. And if you've seen Del Rey live over the past decade, you'd know that the sounds creeping from the depths of tunes like Cruel World and Pretty When You Cry come from the Strat-wielding hands of Blake Lee.

"When I'm performing with Lana, it has always felt like a true band up there," Lee tells Guitar World. "And the guitar plays a major role in that. From an audience perspective, as far as what I'm trying to do up there, it's about translating to the audience the energy that I'm trying to get from one single note or translating an emotion."

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.