In 2003 I bought a maroon Telecaster somewhere in New York (Queens? I can’t remember). It was my primary electric from 2003 through 2008, which means all of Ninth Street Mission and the first year of Ghost Ghost. The guitar is named after Waylon Jennings, because I was obsessed with Jennings during that time. This was the first guitar that I named with my oddball naming scheme, where the guitar is named after a person, but with an indirect and gender ambiguous name. The sticker is from the Beck album The Information.

There were two modifications to this guitar. In the early days of Ghost Ghost, I had a problem with frequent string breakage. I was kind of pounding the guitar back then. I filed down the string holes in bridge plate so the strings would bend on a rounded corner rather than a hard one. I also replaced the saddles with String Saver saddles, which have Teflon inserts that the strings rest on.

This guitar sounds particularly great plugged straight into my Sovtek MIG-50. With few exceptions, this is the electric that I played on the Ninth Street Mission record, and Time is Gravity.