“I’d always borrow guitars, but after we signed to this asshole label, one of the guys gave me the Jazzmaster. I’ve never had a reason to get another guitar”: Jason Lytle on Grandaddy’s emotional return and his ’70s Fender devotion

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy performs on stage at Potterrow on March 23, 2017 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
(Image credit: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

Central Valley, California natives Grandaddy were indie darlings primed for greatness through records like Complex Party Come Along Theories (1994), Under the Western Freeway (1997), and The Sophtware Slump (2000).

The band – led by Jason Lytle in all their indie meets space rock meets psych rock meets lo-fi – were great. They scored an opening slot with Elliott Smith on his Figure 8 tour in 2000, and recorded a memorable cover of The Beatles’ Revolution in 2001 for the I Am Sam soundtrack.

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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.