I recently had a chance to speak with Les Hall, guitarist of the hard rock band Crossfade. The South Carolina based band have just released their latest disc, We All Bleed, and Hall was kind enough to take a moment to speak with me about that one special piece of gear.

What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Les: My fingers! But if you’re referring to gear in the technical sense of the word, I play this custom model guitar, a Machine that Stephen McSwain made for me. We call it “The Machine” because of the way it looks. I used it on the album to record, “Killing Me Inside” and also play it live on stage.

What about it makes it so important to you?
Les: It has a very unique tone, creates this specific vibe – it’s got airplane gauges built in that light up, bullets around the metal body, and all sorts of customized gadgetry.

What are the major pros and cons?
Les: Pros: aside from the particular tone it creates, it’s just a very distinctive and cool-looking guitar visually, with backlit displays… right in line with my affinity for futuristic looking devices. Cons: I worry about taking guitars that I love on the road.

How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever chance it?
Les: I actually got model #0001 about 7 years ago, and then traded for model #0004 while in LA mixing the album. I use it live and in the studio and wouldn’t ever get rid of it.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Les: Actually, I wasn’t joking about considering my fingers my most important “gear” overall. Only your own fingers can create a certain signature sound. I realize this every day while hearing my tech play through my rig! You have your own set, use them wisely.

Check out the song: “Killing Me Inside”