Opeth's Akesson: I Can Save 1 Guitar From a Fire. This Is What I Choose

"There are many different colors in it that you can find with just the tone knob."

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Opeth's Akesson: I Can Save 1 Guitar From a Fire. This Is What I Choose
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Guitarist Magazine asked Opeth guitarist Frederik Akesson the following question: "If the building was burning down, what one guitar from your collection would you save?"

His answer:

"It could be my Les Paul Junior from 1955.

"There's something special about its P-90 pickup - there are many different colors in it that you can find with just the tone knob.

"I wanted something simple and we used it quite a lot on the previous album [2014's 'Pale Communion'] and this one as well ['Sorceress']. It has a very aggressive, snappy tone to it."

Acknowledging that the Junior is also the oldest guitar in his collection, Fredrik added:

"I found it in this little vintage guitar shop when I was on tour. The owner of the shop knew there was something special about it and it wasn't expensive.

"You can pick them up for around £4,000 to £5,000 ($5,100 to $6,400).

"I also have this thing where I like to collect guitars from the year I was born, 1972, and so I have a Strat and a Gibson SG from that year."

Mr. Akesson was also asked whether there's an aspect of his guitar playing he'd like to improve, to which he replied:

"Probably jazz fusion. That's something I try to work on all the time... It's inspiring, digging into that style. I was interested in that stuff at an early age, even though I have a metal background. It's endless; you can always get better."

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    aelkeris
    Not at least bit expensive ... xD 
    Way Cool JR.
    That's pocket change to the rich & famous and a fortune to the normal Joe.  
    Flying Afros
    Also in context, for a guitar that 60+ years old, that's really not a lot. But still a pretty penny for your average guitarist.
    bventon
    It's not even that much compared to how much some of Opeth's other guitars cost (granted they probably don't pay for their PRSs)
    LtPudding
    it isn't cheap but it's far from expensive if you look at the prices from the vintage guitar market.