“I have two electrics, and prefer both of them. One is a black Fender Telecaster 72 Custom, with a humbucker in the neck position and a single coil at the bridge. The other is a natural maple Epiphone ES-339, which has a great range of tones, but lacks the classic Tele twang.
I regularly record with a black Faith Venus Eclipse acoustic 12-string, which has superb balance, direct into the PA or the desk, and I also play a black (again) Yamaha APX500. Occasionally I use my (yet again) black Shergold Custom Double (6 & 12 string) – a piece of British guitar history!
For effects, I use Boss CE-5, DS-1, OC-3 and TR-2, Caline CP-11 and Dunlop Cry Baby. Tremolo is the one effect I couldn’t do without.
I’ve always enjoyed mucking around with synths. I have a Waldorf Streichfett for lush chords and an Arturia MiniBrute SE analogue monosynth for creating sounds from scratch. The MiniBrute also acts as a MIDI controller for the Streichfett. For the rare occasions when we need a drum machine I have a Boss DR-500, a venerable box that does the job. I am no pianist, but very occasionally I play (my wife’s) Yamaha P-45 or Roland FP-30 full-size keyboard.”
Bern usually records with a white Fender American Stratocaster and a blue Yamaha CPX700 acoustic. Favourite effects are the Electro-Harmonix MEL9 (Melotron emulator box) and Big Muff. He also has two Gibsons: a pelham blue Midtown Standard and a seafoam green Les Paul Classic.
He and Jo play a Korg 05R/W synth controlled by a full-size or, for smaller gigs, a 25-key M-Audio keyboard.
Andy plays a 1973 Fender Precision bass and a Fender Precision customised fretless bass with DiMarzio pickups, extra Jazz bass pickup by the bridge, Badass bridge, separate volume controls, and phase switches.
Jo is an accomplished pianist and also occasionally plays the guitar in the band. As a drummer, she played at the opening of the London 2010 Olympics. Her signature percussion instrument is the mark-tree, which you can hear on many of our recordings.