Robert Quine's first electric guitar was a double-cutaway Danelectro with two... more
Robert Quine's first electric guitar was a double-cutaway Danelectro with two pickups and a gold finish, which he got with a case and amplifier for $130. These days, though, "I pretty much stick to Fenders," Quine says of his impressive guitar collection.
In 1961 he got his first Fender Stratocaster the guitar he has been identif... more
In 1961 he got his first Fender Stratocaster the guitar he has been identified with for most of his career. His infatuation with the Strat was directly inspired by his idol, Ritchie Valens: "I saw the picture on the cover of his first album, and he had a Stratocaster. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I had to have one."
In 1996 Quine switched to the Fender Telecaster. "In the late '90s, Chris Cus... more
In 1996 Quine switched to the Fender Telecaster. "In the late '90s, Chris Cush of [New York City's] Mojo Guitars rewired a lot of Telecasters for me," Quine notes. My favorite right now is a Fender '52 reissue, with Seymour Duncan Antiquities pickups and a four-way switch. Rick Kelly of Carmine Street Guitars has been building some amazing Telecasters lately, and that's probably what I'll get next."
Along with his first Strat, Quine got a Tremolux amp - one of Fender's first ... more
Along with his first Strat, Quine got a Tremolux amp - one of Fender's first piggy-back models. He owns several vintage Fender tube amps, including: "The greatest amp I've ever owned - a little Fender Super Champ with the stock Fender speaker, not the Electro-Voice." Quine has used - on tours and in the studio
Effects: "I've been using an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man for about ... more
"I've been using an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man for about 21 years now, and nothing will ever replace it. I discovered [the] Memory Man when I played briefly with Robert Gordon, and now I'm totally addicted to it. I'm never without it. I practice with it and I've learned to use it as a real musical instrument," Quine says. "That particular box will get sounds that you can't get out of anything else. You could put another analog delay and a chorus together, and you would not get the sounds that this thing gets, because the chorus effect operates not on the direct signal but on the echo signal."
Ever in search of new and strange guitar sounds, Quine owns dozens of fuzz bo... more
Ever in search of new and strange guitar sounds, Quine owns dozens of fuzz boxes - an original Fender Blender, a Dallas/Arbiter Fuzz Face, and the MXR Distortion+ among them - true classics, each with its own distinct sound. "Prescription Electronics has done a lot of amazing things in the last six years. Their Yardbox is my all-time favorite fuzz, a sound I'd been searching for for about 30 years. I'm a big fan of the Beck/Page Yardbirds sound, and this does it exactly!"