Gear picks of Glastonbury 2022: What’s on our hit list?
After such a long absence, Glastonbury 2022 has turned out to be one of the most momentously musical events we’ve seen this year. We’ve decided to single out some of the tastiest gear on show at the festival. These are some of our picks from the headliners and other prominent performers who graced the stage.
Jack White’s Custom Fender Jazzmaster
When Jack White and his band stepped on to perform, the stage was drenched in amazing equipment on all sides. From Daru Jones‘ outlandish kit to Quincey McCrary‘s vintage laced keyboard rig.
However, the star of the show is without a doubt Jack’s incredible custom pitch-shifting Jazzmaster. Known for his ingenuity when both playing and designing guitars, he created this guitar with Chip Ellis and Dan Mancini at Fender. A great example of musical creativity pushing boundaries.
Arianna Powell’s Gretsch
One of the highlights of the festival was Olivia Rodrigo’s performance with Lily Allen. Together they united fans new and old with a powerful message and made it look like so much fun while doing it.
Meanwhile, we couldn’t help but notice Arianna Powell wielding her amazing green Gretsch guitar. Certainly a performer worth following, as she plays a wide array of instruments and tours with an extensive pedal board rig.
Mykal Curtis Williams’ Bass Mods Custom 5-String
90’s favourites, TLC, attracted an extremely diverse crowd with their debut Glastonbury performance. Sensational singalongs like Waterfalls and No Scrubs gave fans more than their designated dose of nostalgia with a stand-out performance as ever from bassist Mykal Curtis Williams.
He has many impressive basses in his collection, but this Bass Mods Custom 5-String seems to be the favourite on the TLC tour, and it is certainly one of ours. Mykal’s rig also sports some choice keyboards, too with what looks to be a Moog SUB37 and an older Roland Fantom G6.
Annie Clark’s Music Man St. Vincent Goldie Cashmere
St. Vincent had plenty of synths on stage and we definitely approve, as well as Annie’s choice of using the classic Sennheiser MD-441 vocal mic. That being said, nothing says rock deity quite like her signature St. Vincent Music Man guitar.
It’s a beautiful combination of glamour, minimalist aesthetics, and pure power. From the unusual head shape to its simple control set, a wildly cool instrument from every angle, except the price perhaps.
Dave Grohl’s Danelectro/Silvertone U2
With Paul McCartney headlining Glastonbury this year, there was bound to be some dad rock representation somewhere on this list. As per usual, Paul’s trusty Höfner 500 was a cornerstone during Band On The Run where Dave Grohl joined him on stage.
Ever the musician’s musician though, it was Dave’s deliciously understated Danelectro/Silvertone U2 that really spoke to us. A classic vintage piece that surely favours tone over features or daring design.
Mark Bowen’s EGC EG 500
It just wouldn’t be Glastonbury without a punk-rock outfit taking over the stage. Idles always bring the thunder, and this performance was no different. Their energy made it easy for punters to get involved, even those who weren’t die-hard fans.
In all the madness, it was hard to miss Mark Bowen’s transparent EGC EG 500 Acrylic guitar. Its simple yet distinctive style certainly captures the raw industrial nature of the music being played. Mark’s guitar rig is also notable; you’ll note both a Hiwatt Custom 100 reissue guitar head in use alongside an Orange AD200B, all valve bass amp! It’s undoubtedly a rig as loud and bombastic as Idles music!
More about Glastonbury 2022:
- Glastonbury official page
- All about festivals
- Everything vintage
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- Jack White on stage with his Custom Fender Jazzmaster.: @officialjackwhite / Instagram
- Arianna Powell with her Gretsch at rehearsal.: @guitarianna / Instagram
- Mykal Curtis and his touring rig.: @mykalcurtis / Instagram
- St. Vincent on stage at Glastonbury 2022.: A Ford
- Paul on stage with Dave.: Getty Images
- Idles guitarist, Mark Bowen.: BBC Music / YouTube
Wow…this is clickbait in perfection..i thought gearnews reports relevant soft/hardware for musicians, this article seems to turn gear into fan merch 🙁
Gearnews has always, very proudly, reported on the gear our favourite artists use.
From the first signature guitars back in the 1950s, musical instruments have always had an element of “fan merch” about them.
It’s our privilege to report on a new generation of musicians and their instruments of choice. As editor of Gearnews I make no apologies for that.
Oh no, you forgot lil Greta… 😀