Richie Faulkner says he used a Bigsby-equipped Fender Telecaster for his clean tone on Judas Priest’s Firepower

Richie Faulkner: the Judas Priest guitarist used a Telecaster for his clean tone on Firepower
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You think you know somebody and then they do something that is so out of character it all but makes you question physical laws. Take Richie Faulkner. The Gibson Flying V is to Faulkner what the luxuriant mustache is to Tom Selleck, and yet, today we learn the Gibson superfan crossed the great electric guitar divide to pick up a Fender Telecaster when recording clean tones for Judas Priest’s leather-studded 2018 face-ripper, Firepower.

Speaking to Ultimate Guitar, he revealed what we are actually hearing on the record, and indeed how he added an MIJ Telecaster Custom to his arsenal.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.