At the 2004 Winter NAMM show, Epi representative Will Jones got the chance to sit down with Wayne Static of Static-X. At the show to help introduce his new Epiphone Wayne Static Flying V model, he shared some of his influences, early band experiences and thoughts on the\ new guitar that bears his name
EPI: Wayne, how did you get started on guitar?
WAYNE: I grew up in a musical family and I just gravitated to the guitar. I discovered KISS at an early age and that made me wanna play guitar and do what I do. They played Gibson's, so I had to play a Gibson. I couldn't afford a Gibson so I got my parents to pony up for an Epiphone junior-size acoustic.
EPI: Tell us about your first band experience.
WAYNE: I was in my first band in 7th grade; I got together with a couple of neighborhood kids and played KISS songs. There was no other band other than KISS up until I was about 15 years old! We played 'Hotter than Hell' at a school talent show, my first gig. The principal heard us practicing and said 'you can't say hell'
so we substituted a cymbal
crash whenever we got to the part
"hot, hot, hotter than CRASH! We were so nervous we messed up several times.
EPI: Aside from
KISS, who are some of your musical influences or guitar heroes?
WAYNE: Alex Lifeson - Rush, Tommy Victor - Prong,
and James Hetfield.
EPI: What kind
of things would you like to do musically that you haven't done yet?
WAYNE: At this point, I've explored all the music genres
acoustic, electric, industrial, thrash metal, that kind of
.I just want to focus on songwriting and specific technicalities of songwriting.
EPI: So you mentioned
different kinds of music
how about country?
WAYNE: I don't feel it. I don't think I could write a country song. I think I could become a rapper
I could groove on
EPI: What do you
try to accomplish when you write?
WAYNE: It's a feeling that you get. If I get goose bumps when I'm writing and playing then that's it. It's not something you
can easily describe
it's about the feeling, the chord changes, vocal melodies.
EPI: Let's talk about your new guitar. How did your new Wayne Static Flying V come about?
WAYNE: Well, Gibson came out with the Gothic flying
V back in '98 or so and when I saw it for the first time I said that's the guitar I gotta play
so I talked to Gibson Artist Relations and asked to borrow it for a while
they never asked for it back! When I got it
I took off the pick guard and one of the knobs...I wanted to minimize, simplify
make it clean and sleek. On the new Epiphone V, I even took
out the neck pickup, toggle switch
so I just have the bridge pickup and control knob
that's all I need
for what I do.
EPI: So what do you think of your new Wayne Static Flying V?
It turned out great
exactly what I wanted it to be. It's a very reliable touring guitar
stays in tune
neck stays straight
guitar, night after night. It's not thousands of dollars
it's a quality, affordable guitar
great to tour with.
EPI: What advice
would you give aspiring players?
WAYNE: Have fun! That's what playing guitar is all about. Don't take it too seriously. Don't worry about being the fastest
guitar player in the world, just have fun.
EPI: Any other advice on gear?
WAYNE: I'm all about cheap gear. Get the cheapest
head you can buy
less shit to go wrong
I go guitar, noise gate, amp
all I use. The less crap in the line, the more pure
the sound coming out of the speaker. Having a simpler setup forces you to rely on your playing than on your effects unit.
EPI: Tell us about your new record.
WAYNE: It's called Shadowzone
it came out in October, our third record...and it's good
now go buy it