Fontaines DC Gear Guide - Guitars, Drums & More

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Dublin band Fontaines DC have captured something truly original with their post-punk meets rock and roll dynamic - but what gear do Fontaines DC use to create their unmistakable sound?

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Welcome to our Fontaines DC Gear Guide

If you're wondering what gear Fontaines DC use then you're in the right place. In the following Fontaines DC Gear Guide we will explore what guitars they play and what that contributes to their sound.

What guitars do Fontaines DC use?

We get asked a lot about what guitars Fontaines DC play. Much like their label mates Idles - these chaps are notoriously big lovers of all things Fender when it comes to guitars. It's no wonder that Fender is the go-to choice for the group - after-all it is one of the most legendary guitar brands of all time.

Fontaines DC are regularly described as a guitar-driven band, and with two guitarists and a bassist, it's easy to see why. Their down to the line setup has a driving rhythm section led by pummeling and often frantic guitars. But what guitars do Fontaines DC use? As we mentioned above - it's a case of all things Fender where strings are concerned.

What guitar does Conor Curley play?

Conor Curley often plays a Fender Telecaster - one of the most versatile and iconic guitars on the planet. He usually rocks it in a sonic blue finish with a rosewood fretboard but there are lots of different versions available depending on your budget and needs. Take a look at some of the options below at a variety of price points.

Budget-friendly

Squier Affinity Arctic White Squier Affinity Telecaster, MN, Arctic White

Mid Level 

Fender Vintera 50s Telecaster MN Sonic Blue Fender Vintera 50s Telecaster MN Sonic Blue

Professional 

Fender American Performer Telecaster RW Satin Sonic Blue

What amp does Conor Curley use? 

You might also be wondering what amps Fontaines DC use. ````There are plenty of photos online showing Conor Curley to be using a Fender Twin Reverb - an iconic Fender amp packing timeless valve tone. The example below is a 200-watt Tonemaster Twin Reverb - which faithfully recreates the circuitry and 85-watt power output of the original Twin Reverb tube amplifier.

Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb Combo Amplifier Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb Combo Amplifier

What guitar does Carlos O'Connell play?

Next up in our Fontaines DC gear guide, we'll look at Carlos O'Connell. Another big lover of all things Fender - Carlos O'Connell usually goes for a Fender Mustang in a white finish.

The Mustang was massively popular among the grunge community in the nineties but can again be quite a versatile beast. Perhaps this is why Carlos employs the Mustang to deliver those grungier tones. Again there are tiers of this model available to suit all budgets.

Budget friendly 

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang IL Sonic Blue Squier Classic Vibe 60s Mustang IL Sonic Blue

Mid Level 

Fender Mustang Offset Series Guitar Olympic White Fender Mustang Offset Series Guitar Olympic White

Professional 

Fender American Performer Mustang Vintage White Fender American Performer Mustang Vintage White

In the video below O'Connell can be seen playing an iconic Rickenbacker model.

Professional 

Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar Fireglo Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar Fireglo

Fender Lead II

The Fontaines DC guitarists have also been seen recently championing the new Fender Lead II guitars in neon green which are available to order now. These guitars are highly versatile and were originally introduced in the late 70s in response to high-quality, low-priced guitars being imported by competitors.

Fender Lead II - fontaines dc guitar guide Fender Lead II

What bass does Conor Deegan play?

The bass is a vital element in any band but the consistency of Conor Deegan really has made quite the impact in the output of Fontaines. But what bass does he use in Fontaines DC? Deegan is most often seen playing an American Performer Mustang Bass in Aubergine. This is a bass that will handle the band's heavy touring schedule and deliver outstanding quality.

Professional 

Fender American Performer Mustang Bass Aubergine Fender American Performer Mustang Bass Aubergine

This immensely popular model features superb sounding Yosemite pickups along with grease bucket tone circuitry. Deegan has also regularly been seen playing Fender's iconic Jazz Bass model which first arrived in 1960. Check out Deegan playing the American Performer Mustang here:

What bass amp does Conor Deegan use?

Conor Deegan is usually seen using a Super Bassman Head. We'd also recommend the Fender Bassman 500, which is a 500 Watt solid-state head. This reliable and vintage sounding head will offer a deep bass sound and full-bodied tone - which Fontaines DC rely on to deliver time and time again. This would pair up excellently with the Fender Rumble 115 - a huge leap forward in the progression of bass amps.

Fender Bassman 500 Head Fender Bassman 500 Head
Fender Rumble 115 bass cabinet Fender Rumble 115 bass cabinet

What Microphone does Grian Chattan use?

Grian Chatten is often seen using a Shure Beta 58A. This industry-standard microphone is high-output and ideal for stage use or studio work. It's rugged construction and great performance makes it ideal for the road - this is super handy for the heavy touring regime of Fontaines.

Shure Beta 58A Dynamic Microphone Shure Beta 58A Dynamic Microphone

What drums does Tom Coll play?

Rounding off our Fontaines DC gear guide we'll explore drums. Tom Coll has been seen using various kits throughout his time in the band. He's most commonly seen using Gretsch kits.

Around the time when Fontaines DC had just released their first few singles, Coll was specifically playing a Gretsch Renown. He said that he loved the warm sounds the kit offered-up along with its deep sound.

Gretsch Renown 3-Piece Shell Pack in Gloss Natural Gretsch Renown 3-Piece Shell Pack in Gloss Natural

On more recent tours Coll has moved onto the Gretsch Broadcaster. These kits were the flagship drum set for the iconic name from the 1920s through to the 1950s. Although evolving through the years - they still look just as glamorous today.

Gretsch Broadkaster 24 Satin Gold Black Duco Drum Kit Gretsch Broadkaster 24 Satin Gold Black Duco Drum Kit

Coll is also a proud endorsee of Sabian Cymbals and Vater Drumsticks. He's detailed in the past that he uses an O-Zone Ride as his main Crash, a 20" HHX Evolution Ride and 14" HHX Evolution Hats. See those various elements below:

Sabian HHX 14 Inch Evolution Hats Sabian HHX 14 Inch Evolution Hats
Sabian AAX 18" O-Zone Crash Cymbal Sabian AAX 18" O-Zone Crash Cymbal
Sabian HHX 20 Evolution Ride Cymbal Sabian HHX 20 Evolution Ride Cymbal
Vater Fatback 3A Wood Tip Hickory Drumsticks Vater Fatback 3A Wood Tip Hickory Drumsticks

Fontaines DC Gear Guide in summary

In summary, Fontaines DC play a wide array of models but have a firm idea on their go-to brands, namely Fender Mustangs and Telecasters for guitars and Gretsch for drums.

We hope we've answered any questions you might have had with this Fontaines DC gear guide. Let us know if you've seen them using any other interesting or different gear on the road.

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