A young band whose sound is ever-evolving with each album
Since their inception in 2007, Mumford & Sons ascension from modest-sized venue dwellers to stadium-fillers has been nothing short of extraordinary. Cutting their teeth as session players and touring artists for other well-known artists such as Laura Marling, the quartet are rightly lauded for their exemplary fusion of alt-rock, folk, country, electronica, jazz – pretty much everything bar heavy metal at this stage.
The lo-fi introduction of their debut “Sigh No More” gave way to Grammy award winning “Babel”. Third album “Wilder Mind” departed from the usual folk rock driven emphasis of their earlier work, while their fourth and most recent album “Delta” ties everything together beautifully. Mumford & Sons have certainly come of age and maturity suits them.
Instrumental in more ways than one
Each member of Mumford & Sons possesses the ability to switch comfortably between several instruments. Thanks to this versatility in musicianship, Mumford & Sons shows are regularly praised for their highly collaborative and energetic nature, with members readily switching instruments from song to song.
However, in order to achieve the same sound, we don’t expect you to boast the same musical prowess. We will guide you through the many instruments that make up the “Mumford’s’ sound” and let you choose, which one(s) suit you.
Marcus Mumford – Guitars, Vocals, Mandolin
Frontman and lead singer Marcus Mumford is regularly seen touting an acoustic or electro-acoustic guitar. However, when shifting to heavier stuff he isn’t shy of picking up an electric guitar.
When it comes to acoustic guitars, Mumford has a penchant for classic models such as the Martin D-28 and D-42. Generating a hearty energy delivered with vigour, Martin’s are perfect partners to Mumford’s troubadour style. The Martin D-18E is a dreadnought that inherits the rich timbre we’d expect from a Martin, combined with a highly versatile Fishman F1 Aura+ preamp that allows you to take to the stage in style.
For those whose pockets aren’t quite deep enough for the Martin D-18e, don’t despair! Epiphone’s worthy reputation for crafting exceptional instruments at affordable prices is evident with the AJ-210CE electro acoustic. Not only that but both the Martin and Epiphone models come with a hardcase to get you out and gigging immediately.
When it comes to electrics, the enigmatic frontman touts many a model from a Fender Jazzmaster or Telecaster to a Gibson semi-hollowbody such as the Gibson ES-335. Though each model has their own idiosyncratic styles, all can comfortably shift through the gears from smooth cleans to overdriven without becoming muddied or unfocused.
As with the acoustic models, there are highly competent Squier Jazzmasters and Telecasters, as well as Epiphone semi-hollowbody models – including the awesome Epiphone Dot – that can get the job done in style.
When it comes to amplification, Mumford likes to keep it retro with a Fender ’65 Super Reverb, ’65 Deluxe Reverb or the legendary Hot Rod Deville. Producing sparkling cleans is par for the course with the Hot Rod and nudging it into overdrive delivers incredible results.
Once again though, for those who need more budget-friendly option, Fender’s Mustang GT40 modelling guitar amp offers a vast range of amp models and effects to choose from. Built-in bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity – as well as USB – makes it a versatile recording option as well as giving you more than enough in the tank for gigging with.
Marcus Mumford is also fond of picking up the mandolin, and the Redwood M20E electro mandolin is perfect for both acoustic and amplified performances.
Ben Lovett – Keys, Piano, Accordion
Lovett is no stranger to a Nord Stage Piano and utilises the Stage 2 as his live instrument of choice. However, the closest we have is the lavishly outfitted Stage 3, which offers just about everything bar making you a brew.
We’re not going to lie, it’s an incredibly hard climb down from the Nord. However, there are a plethora of 88 key stage pianos from heavyweights such as Roland, Yamaha, Kawai and Casio that all offer budget-friendly options for those who want to hone their skills or need a highly adept stage piano for live use.
Lovett also likes to show off his skills on the accordion too, with the Roland FR-7X his go to performance partner.
Winston Marshall – Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele
Guitarist is residence for Mumford & Sons, Marshall boasts an extensive arsenal that takes in the Fender Jazzmasters and Gibson semi-hollowbody’s noted above (see Marcus Mumford). However, he also turns his hand to other duties on stage and in the studio, which include lap steel and banjo. Amongst his collection there are both acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electric banjos of varying description. However, we recommend the Redwood B20 5-string banjo, which makes a fitting instrument for bluegrass, folk, rock, and everything in between.
When it comes to amplification, Marshall leans more towards, well erm, Marshall. The 1962 Bluesbreaker in fact, so not a shabby choice by any stretch. However, if the Bluesbreaker is a bit more than you’re willing to go for, Marshall’s outstanding Origin series of amplifiers offer vintage charm with modern performance in glorious fashion.
Ted Dwane – Bass (both Upright and Electric)
Though many will associate Dwane with his standing double-bass playing, since Mumford & Sons integrated electric models, he has favoured a Fender Jazz Bass. Prized for its versatility and enviably comfortable playing feel, the Jazz Bass is a delightful model for any player setting out on stage.
So, there we have it, when it comes to the Mumford & Sons gear line-up they put some outstanding instruments to excellent use. Whether it’s alt-folk, bluegrass, country or good auld rock, Mumford & Sons are mindful to use time-tested instruments that benefitted their heroes. Martin, Gibson, Fender, and Marshall are names with history, which the band are using to establish their own legacy too.
Obviously, years of honing their skills has given them exceptional abilities as musicians, but there isn’t anything here that you too couldn’t master given a bit of dedication, patience, practise and time. You only have to watch one of their live performances to see how much fun they have on stage, and at the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about?
Hopefully, we’ve given you something to go on, but if you’d like any further information then our Customer Service team will be happy to help on 01925 582420. Our in-store specialists will guide you through the wonderful world of guitars, amps and effects, just pop into your nearest Dawsons store.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.