Ross Lynch tells us how it all started and why he has a guitar that literally plays like butter

The actor famed for The Driver Era and as Harvey Kinkle in Netflix’s sombre adaptation of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina talks stolen SGs, keto snacks and his guitar that quite literally plays like butter.

The moment it all started…

“My brothers got into Fall Out Boy and they started playing guitar, being the younger brother I also wanted to participate. I was about 11. I really became serious about the guitar when I was around 15 or 16, after we had already been playing for quite a while. I found a new fascination for the guitar and actually became quite obsessed with it when I discovered certain guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Actually John Mayer was the person, the guitarist that sort of led me to discover more great guitarists.”

I couldn’t live without my…

“I have an acoustic Taylor that I call Butter, that is without a doubt my favourite guitar. I pretty much play it every time I’m home, and uh, that’s gotta be it. I just love that guitar.”

Ross Lynch (Driver Era)
Image: Devin Kasparian

The one that got away…

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“Oh yeah, Rocky and I were borrowing a Telecaster and a Gibson with real ivory tuning pegs. It was like a 90s Gibson SG and we were loading our van for a gig – we were like 13 – we were going to a fair to play some random gig. The guitar wasn’t even ours, it was a borrowed guitar, and someone came and stole it off of our front yard. Yeah, that was a big ordeal. It was kinda shitty ’cause it was a borrowed guitar.”

My signature model…

“Honestly, if I were to have a signature guitar, I’d want it to be a whole new body. Something unique and different that’s never really been seen before. I think that’d be fun.”

The first thing I play when I pick up a guitar…

“I usually just try to make something up.”

The best advice I’ve ever been given…

“I actually don’t really have a lot of guitar mentors… I just play!”

My guilty pleasure…

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“Shania Twain.”

I’m in the band…

“Maybe Led Zeppelin, as far as guitar goes, Led Zeppelin would be fun.”

Ross Lynch (Driver Era)
Image: Devin Kasparian

I wish I was there…

“Freakin’ Woodstock for sure!”

The most important thing on my rider…

“Honestly, we’ve been touring for a while now, I don’t even add anything to the rider. I just let the rest of the band do it. I guess I would have to say keto, um, chocolate cups. They’re like these… Imagine like Reese’s, but they’re keto. So good.”

If I could just play one thing…

“No, I can pretty much play anything, if I’m being honest.”

Ross Lynch’s The Driver Era embark on their world tour this April, with UK shows in London (03/04), Glasgow (05/04) and Manchester (06/04). Their album X is out now under exclusive rights to BMG Rights Management.

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