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Mercury Prize 2013 – Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear

Mercury Prize 2013 – Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear

Once again, we take a look at how the Mercury nominees create their sound: this time, we take a look at some of The Arctic Monkeys gear

Mercury Prize 2013 – The Arctic Monkeys Gear

They were the toast of Glastonbury in the summer, 5th album ‘AM’ became the second fastest selling album of the year (debuting at no.1) and now, the lads from Sheffield have bagged another Mercury Prize nomination (the third time they’ve been nominated, having won it once with their debut).

Mercury Prize 2013 – Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear - AM

The new album is the result of work, once again, with Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme. A slinky, after-dark sound has arisen, and the music buying public clearly likes it…

So, what have the lads been using to create it?

Let’s take a look at some The Arctic Monkeys gear…

Gibson Les Paul Custom – Alex Turner

Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear - Les Paul Custom

The Les Paul Custom is a classic from the earliest days of the Les Paul. Conceived as ‘tuxedo’ version, for black-tie events, the Les Paul Custom is an opulently appointed model. With multi-ply binding on front, back, neck and headstock, and classy colours, like ebony or alpine white, it certainly looks slick. Very fitting given Alex Turner’s new, be-quiffed look…

With a 490R and 498T humbucker, it packs plenty of punch, too.

Fender Jazzmaster – Alex Turner

Some Of The Arctic Monkeys GearFender Jazzmaster

The Fender Jazzmaster has been a part of the Arctic Monkey’s for some time. Though not quite as popular as Fender’s Strat and Tele, the Jazzmaster has plenty of charms of its own. The stylish, asymmetric body, with contoured body scarf, super-wide coil soap bar pickups and classic Fender bolt-on maple neck.

Gibson ES-335 – Jamie Cook

Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear - Gibson ES-335

The ES-335 is another classic Gibson. It seems to have become one of lead guitarist, Jamie Cook’s main instruments of late.

Semi-hollow, with a solid maple centre channel, twin humbuckers and Tune-o-matic bridge, it’s a versatile and playable beast.

EHX Big Muff Pi – Jamie Cook

Electro harmonix little big muff

When you need thick, rich fuzz and buckets of sustain, then there’s only one pedal to call upon: the legendary Electro Harmonix Little Big Muff. This classic distortion, designed and made in New York, has been the tool of choice for Hendrix, Santana and countless others. The Little Big Muff is a smaller, but equally as impressive version of it’s larger (and pedal board hogging) brother.

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Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.