Kate Pierson used to play guitar with the band as well as organ/keyboard. Us... more
Kate Pierson used to play guitar with the band as well as organ/keyboard. Usually for a few songs, most notably "52' Girls" (Fred Schneider would play the Farfisa on that song). This guitar was unique to Kate as I've not seen a single member of the B-52's use it, including Ricky. I don't know if Kate was using custom tunings or E standard tuning.
Here's Kate Pierson playing a custom-shop Larrivee RS series guitar. It looks... more
Here's Kate Pierson playing a custom-shop Larrivee RS series guitar. It looks to be a custom shop model with a Piezo pickup system.
In the original B-52's lineup - Kate Pierson used this Farfisa Compact Deluxe... more
In the original B-52's lineup - Kate Pierson used this Farfisa Compact Deluxe to hold down the bass and play the organ/synth parts live and in the studio. I was quite surprised I'd find a recent good picture of this thing on her own facebook page.
During the Meso-America tour in 1982, Kate switched from using her Farfisa or... more
During the Meso-America tour in 1982, Kate switched from using her Farfisa organ and her separate synth bass to using the Jupiter-8 to reproduce the bass and organ parts simultaneously, as well as the more advanced sounds from the Mesopotamia EP, on one sophisticated keyboard. During the Whammy! tour from 1983-1985, she shared this instrument with fellow band member Keith Strickland, who on some songs would come down from the drum kit to play guitars and bass and synth parts on this instrument while drum machines from the Whammy! songs played, allowing Kate to focus on vocals and simple choreography.
In a comment on her page showcasing her Farfisa organ, Kate mentioned that Keith now has the instrument. Keith mentioned on a comment on his Facebook post that he has had it retrofitted with MIDI and uses it as a sound source for his compositions.