“It’s so rare, I never played it and kept it in the case. But when we discovered we were going out with Wu-Tang, I was like, ‘I’m bringing that guitar!’” Meet the metalhead who joined Wu-Tang Clan – and brought one of Fender’s most elusive Teles with him

Cody Nierstedt performs onstage with Wu-Tang Clan
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Guitar isn't the first sound that comes to mind when the average fan thinks of hip-hop outfit Wu-Tang Clan.

As for Wu-Tang's current touring guitarist, Cody Nierstedt, it goes even deeper than that – hip-hop wasn't even on his radar as a young player.

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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.