Speaking to NME, he called receiving a signature model from Fender an “honour.” He also explained the origin of the extensively-modified guitars Ben Gibbard Mustang is based on: “All of the modifications I’ve made to my stage guitars were done so because when I’m playing and singing, I want as few distractions as possible,” he said.
“In designing this guitar, I wanted to make something that was really bare-bones that would suit my personal needs, but also that someone could just pick up off the rack at a guitar shop and just intuitively know how it works.”
The Ben Gibbard mustang features a chambered ash body, with a bolt-on maple neck and two specially-voiced single coils. These are chosen via the unique addition of a rotary switch disguised as a tone control – leaving only a master volume as the only normal knob, in line with Gibbard’s streamlined approach.
It’s also notably fitted with what looks like a standard Mustang vibrato – but is actually a hardtail bridge.
Gibbard is using the guitar to write the follow-up to Death Cab’s 2018 album Thank You For Today, and told NME that the new material is sounding “reminiscent of the first half of the band’s existence”.
“[Having this guitar] was nostalgic and exciting in a way,” he said, “It was cool to be playing guitar in a style that felt familiar but to filter it through new ideas.”
The follow-up album is still a work in progress, and is yet to get a release date or a title.
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