Parquet Courts Gear Guide - Get The Brooklyn Garage Sound

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Brooklyn's Parquet Courts have managed to redefine the art of garage rock in recent years.  But what gear do Parquet Courts use to capture their frantic, detailed and rich sound? Some might find the answers surprising.

Welcome to this Parquet Courts Gear Guide

The colourful, fast-paced tracks of Parquet Courts have truly captured the imagination of their fanbase. If you're wondering what equipment Parquet Courts use to capture this intricate and unique sound, then you're in the right place. Here we'll take a look at what guitars, bass and drums the band use.

What guitars do Parquet Courts use?

Parquet Courts choice of guitars is actually remarkably refreshing. Whether it's hipster value or a beloved attachment to their early instruments, Parquet Courts surprisingly use cheap and affordable Squier guitars quite frequently.

This goes to show you don't always need to spend a fortune to get a guitar that can be used in a professional capacity. It helps that Parquet Courts sound relies on fiery, jangly and grungy guitar lines and their sound is incredibly fresh and unique.

What guitar does Andrew Savage play?

First up in our Parquet Courts Gear Guide is Andrew Savage. If you came to this Parquet Courts Gear Guide then it's probably likely you're wondering what guitar Andrew Savage plays. He's basically a lover of Fender and Squier models.

The main Squier option would be the Squier Affinity Series Telecaster - a great budget-friendly option which is perfect if you're just starting out due to its affordability with all the craftsmanship of the Fender brand.

Budget-friendly (Used By Parquet Courts) 

Squier Affinity Telecaster In Butterscotch Blonde Squier Affinity Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde

Mid-level

Fender Vintera 50s Telecaster Modified mn Butterscotch Blonde Fender Vintera 50s Telecaster Modified mn, Butterscotch Blonde

Professional 

Fender American Professional Telecaster Fender American Professional Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde

Savage is also regularly seen playing a white Fender Stratocaster. This is obviously a more premium grade guitar than the Squier models. It's no wonder why the trusty Stratocaster is a go-to model for this band, it's probably the most iconic guitar design in the world, robust, trustworthy and available to suit all price points.

Budget-friendly 

Squier Bullet Stratocaster with Tremolo, Arctic White Squier Bullet Stratocaster with Tremolo, Arctic White

Mid-level

Fender Player Stratocaster Fender Player Stratocaster

Professional

Fender American Professional Stratocaster, MN, Olympic White Fender American Professional Stratocaster, MN, Olympic White

Andrew Savage also uses a 1963 Fender Jaguar. These iconic offset models aren't only known for their sublime tone and smooth feel, they also have a distinctive sound and age remarkably well.

Alongside the Mustang and the Jazzmaster, they're an immensely popular choice among the grunge community. Check Andrew rocking one below along with some choices across a few different finishes and budgets:

Budget-friendly 

Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar IL Surf Green Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jaguar IL Surf Green

Mid-level

Fender Player Jaguar Pau Ferro Fingerboard Tidepool Fender Player Jaguar Pau Ferro Fingerboard Tidepool

Professional

American Professional Jaguar Candy Apple Red American Professional Jaguar Candy Apple Red

Andrew Savage has also been seen using the Fender Mustang - an iconic and rebellious student model that was favoured by grunge legend Kurt Kobain. Like most Fender guitars - Mustangs are available as affordable options or professional level guitars that will last a lifetime. Take a look at some of the varying price-points below:

Budget-friendly

Squier Bullet Mustang Squier Bullet Mustang HH IL Black

Mid-level

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

Professional 

Fender American Performer Mustang RW FB Satin Sonic Blue Fender American Performer Mustang RW FB Satin Sonic Blue

What pedals does Andrew Savage use?

Okay - so having a budget-friendly guitar is great - but Andrew Savage must use some pedals right? Yes - he uses a trusty Boss Overdrive pedal! We'd recommend taking a look at the Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive pedal - which offers up a warm, smooth overdrive that responds to any playing style.

 

Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive Pedal

 

Elsewhere - Savage employs a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Distortion Pedal which offers up a massive range of distortion, great sustain as well as 3-band EQ for all-around great sound.

 

The final BOSS pedal that Andrew Savage uses that we'll highlight is the Chromatic Tuner - have all the gear in the world but if you can't keep your instrument in tune then you won't get far. The BOSS Chromatic tuner is a guitarist's best friend and is used by musicians across the globe.

 

Boss Chromatic Tuner Boss Chromatic Tuner

What guitar does Austin Brown use?

Next up we'll take a look at what guitar Parquet Courts Austin Brown uses. Once again the answer is surprising as Austin uses a Bullet Stratocaster which is one of the most budget-friendly electric guitars available!

Although if you're wanting to invest in a Stratocaster that will last a lifetime with paramount attention to detail - we'd recommend taking a look at some of the Fender models. We've highlighted a couple of these professional-level options below.

Budget-friendly (Used by Parquet Courts)

Mid-level 

Fender Vintera 60s Stratocaster PF Surf Green Fender Vintera 60s Stratocaster PF Surf Green

Professional 

Fender American Professional Stratocaster, MN, Olympic White Fender American Professional Stratocaster, MN, Olympic White

What bass does Sean Yeaton use?

Next up we'll take a look at what bass Sean Yeaton uses. The incredibly groovy and hooky basslines of Parquet Courts are a huge factor in their output. But what model does Sean Yeaton use to capture that urgent and bright tone?

Sean Yeaton's main bass is the Fender Precision Sunburst. He removed the pickguard and placed a transparent plate to protect the knobs and the electronic parts. Take a look at some Fender P-Bass options below.

Budget-friendly 

Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass IL 3-Colour Sunburst Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision Bass IL 3-Colour Sunburst

Mid-level 

Fender Player Precision Bass MN 3-Color Sunburst Fender Player Precision Bass MN 3-Color Sunburst

Professional 

Fender American Ultra Precision Bass Guitar, RW, Ultraburst Fender American Ultra Precision Bass Guitar, RW, Ultraburst

What drums does Max Savage play?

There's not heaps of information available on what kits Max Savage uses. Although we know he uses a Ludwig Vistalite in clear blue along with a mixture of Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals. Max Savage has also been spotted using DW Hardware.

We'd recommend taking a look at the Ludwig Zep Amber Vistalite Limited Edition Drum Kit if you're serious about drums. This striking kit makes a bold and brave statement both visually and sonically and is a tribute to the mighty John Bonham.

Ludwig Zep Amber Vistalite Limited Edition Drum Kit Ludwig Zep Amber Vistalite Limited Edition Drum Kit

It's no surprise that Max Savage uses two of the most trusted brands when it comes to his cymbal selection. Both names offer up some brilliant comprehensive packs which can be very handy and cost-effective. Take a look at the Zildjian A391 Cymbal Box Set below which includes a free Medium Thin Crash.

Zildjian A391 Cymbal Box Set Zildjian A391 Cymbal Box Set

Sabian also make cost-effective cymbal bundles much like the XSR Promotional Set here. This particular one includes a free 18 Inch Fast Crash which is a great saving. A great way to quickly get your hands on a variety of industry-standard cymbals!

Sabian XSR Promotional Cymbal Pack with free 18 Inch Fast Crash Sabian XSR Promotional Cymbal Pack with free 18 Inch Fast Crash

As we mentioned Max Savage also uses DW Hardware. This reliable hardware that will cover all of your needs from stands though to pedals, thrones, clams and tools. You can explore the full range of DW but we've highlighted the DW 9000 Single Bass Drum Pedal below.

DW 9000 Pedal DW 9000 Pedal

Parquet Courts Gear Guide - In Summary

To summarise our Parquet Courts Gear Guide in a quick overview - it's a case of all things Fender where guitars are concerned. Although the band clearly don't think they're better than the accessible Squier models which is refreshing to see in many ways.

The band utilise classic models from Telecasters through to Stratocasters, Jaguars and Mustangs. They also use the ever-popular BOSS Pedals to compact and bolster their sound. For bass requirements,

Sean Yeaton uses the iconic Fender Precision Bass. Drummer Max Savage uses iconic names ranging from Ludwig through to Sabian and Zildjian. Shop a full range of Fender Guitars and Ludwig Drums at PMT Online today.

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