Elizabeth Moen on what makes her ’68 Gibson ES-340 her Excalibur, why she gets anxious when she's away from the guitar for too long and the pedal she will die with

Elizabeth Moen
(Image credit: Cassie Scott)

Once upon a time, Chicago-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen was a college student, working three jobs and dreaming of moving to France to teach English when she graduated. Then, in her senior year, she wrote her first song and everything changed. 

Armed with a vintage Gibson ES-340 and plenty of raw talent, she turned her attention to becoming a professional musician. Now, after having spent her fair share of time couch-surfing around the U.S. with no fixed abode, as well as working as a side woman, a guitar store clerk and an ad hoc teacher at rock camps, she’s poised to release Wherever You Aren’t – her fourth full-length record, and one that she crowdfunded to make. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.