While She Sleeps' Sean Long: “The guitar should enhance your ability to express yourself – it’s just a piece of wood with some electrics in it. We are the real magic here”

Sean Long
(Image credit: Charvel)

Since winning the Kerrang! Best Newcomer award in 2012, While She Sleeps have amassed a dedicated fanbase while keeping their DIY approach. Guitarist Sean Long, though, couldn’t find the right SuperStrat. 

“I went on the mission to get a gloss black Strat that I really loved. It was a harder mission than I anticipated. They were all missing something,” he explains. “I always felt like I had to settle.” That changed when he teamed up with the originators of the SuperStrat, Charvel.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).