“Everything about the design appeals to me”: Jacob Collier on why he created his wild 5-string Strandberg – and how he unlocked a new musical language with its unusual alternate tuning

Jacob Collier and his five-string Strandberg guitar
(Image credit: Press / Ola Strandberg)

Jacob Collier has been keenly teasing his upcoming album on social media, and those with an interest in the multi-instrumentalist’s electric guitar activities were especially intrigued when it was confirmed both Steve Vai and Willow would feature on the record.

Furthermore, the presence of a wild five-string Strandberg model in ensuing posts gave rise to speculation that Collier would dip his toes into more progressive guitar waters for Djesse Vol. 4 – theories that were confirmed with the release of his recent rock-leaning single, WELLLL.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.