Turns out Tom Morello used a Les Paul on Rage Against the Machine’s debut album

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Despite his arsenal of oddball electric guitars, Tom Morello’s Rage Against the Machine career tends to be linked with two main instruments: his Arm the Homeless Frankenstein creation and ‘Sendero Luminoso’ Fender Telecaster.

The latter is the guitar responsible for the RATM debut’s drop-D juggernauts, including the band’s landmark single Killing in the Name. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t the only guitar used on that particular track.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.