Carlson's Tele is equipped with DiMarzio Fast TrackT neck pickup. In an interview with PlugIn Music from June 2008, Carlson said the following about using Teles: "Well, I actually used one on “Phase III” on the first song “Harvey” and on “Tibetan Quaaludes.” And when I was, you know, gone for a while during my hiatus, I was listening to a lot of Tele players like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan, and Roy Nichols (Merle Haggard’s guitar player), a lot of Cornell Dupree, that R&B player. So it was the guitar I was listening to a lot and I remember how much I liked it back in the day. So I wanted to try something new, and I like the Telecaster how basic it is. It’s kind of like a guitar you have to work at or work with. It’s not super-easy to play like a Les Paul. It has its own thing that you kind of have to kind of know…I don’t know. Early Led Zeppelin was actually done on Teles, and it was the first solid body and the simplest one, and so that had a lot to do with it."more
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