MIYAVI: “I love Strats – they are sexier and like an all-around good guy, whereas a Tele is a bad guy, a rebel”

by GuitarDomain

“It’s all about one hit – the first hit is everything,” says Japanese singer and guitarist Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name, MIYAVI, when describing his eye- and ear-catching technique of slapping the strings. 

“Like for a sumo fighter, the first hit is really important for them. That amount of energy and passion – it’s a kind of an explosion of art. For karate or sumo the first contact is really crucial, so to me, I just want to make my own tone with the first contact and have people recognize that’s MIYAVI’s tone right away.”

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