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Extreme Guitars Ax Facts & Stats interview with Collective Soul guitarist Jesse Triplett

By Dave B. Roberts. Check out featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release in the near future

Photo credit Lee Clower

My name is: Jesse Triplett

My current job is: Guitarist for Collective Soul. Producer and Mixer.

My hometown: Madison, GA

My current album or project is: Collective Soul “Blood”

Former bands: Throwing Gravity

My guitar influences growing up were: Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman.

The guitars I use are: Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gibson Firebird Custom, Gibson ES Les Paul Gold Top.

The strings and tunings I use are: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky.

My current rig setup consists of: 2 Goodsell 4x12 cabs, 2 AxeFx XL II+, RJM Mastermind, 2 Mission Expression pedals.

The greatest invention for guitars is: EBow for sure!

My normal songwriting process consists of: As a guitar player first, songs usually start with a guitar riff I think is cool, then I build melodies around that. Something about a good riff is inspiring and you immediately even start recording it in your head and hear how it’s gonna sound.

My favorite guitar solo from our band: We have a song on the new album called, “Them Blues.” The solo at the end is my favorite, because it wasn’t overdubbed it was tracked live during basic tracking in the studio. I was just riding a wave and it came together unrehearsed and the rest of the guys were feeling it too.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist): As cliché as it sounds, because we’ve all heard it a million times, I have to say “Hotel California.” I think that’s the perfect guitar solo top to bottom. It’s exactly everything I want to hear in a rock n’ roll solo.

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is: “Blackbird” by the Beatles.

Favorite song by our band: “How Do You Love” brilliantly written.

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience: “River Flows” I love the high energy that song brings.

My Career highlight thus far is: Having my dad on stage in front of thousands of people playing the same guitar he bought me when I was 13 and he turned to me and said, “I guess that guitar was a pretty good investment.” Haha

My most embarrassing moment on stage: I tripped and fell down about ten stairs. I had to play the rest of the show with bloody knees.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is: It’s rock n’ roll. If you can’t get it done with just a guitar an amp you’re doing it wrong. Everything else is just candy.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar: “Stairway to Heaven”

My first guitar was: Tobacco burst Acoustic. Still hangs on my wall in my house.

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was (when and where): 1994....I was 10....

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's: When we die, the ones that love us will miss us. -Keanu Reeves

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is: Pour a stiff Vodka whatever mixer is closest.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was: This maybe isn’t the exact moment, because I was obsessed with music since I was 2, but I do remember saying to myself, “I have to make this work.” One day when I was working construction and my job that day was to wash 200 doors at an apartment complex.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is: Other than being on stage in front of people, where I’m most comfortable in life, being in large crowds makes me very uncomfortable.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists: Always think further than just becoming a great guitarist. The more you invest yourself and time the more you’ll get back.

Music/Band(s) I'm listening to right now: Tame Impala, Paul McCartney, Jonny Lang

My 3 all-time favorite albums: the Beatles “White Album”, LED Zeppelin “IV”, Little River Band “the Net”

Best gig: Red Rocks is always surreal. Never gets old.

Favorite junk food: Chips and Queso

My biggest pet peeve: When walking in the airport, people who stop right in front of you. Please move to the side if you need to stop people!

The word or catch phrase I say too much is: Cheers. I say cheers to almost everything. Cheers to this question.

The hardest part of my job: Reintegrating back to normal life after being trapped on a bus full of hooligans for months.

What I like to do in my "off" time (hobbies): Drinks and Golden Tee with the boys. We are Golden Tee fanatics.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is: Two days of trash TV, Uber Eats and sleep. Touring is exhausting.

Previous or first day job: Construction. Flipping apartments.

Right after this interview I'm going to: Go knock down the wasp nest that was built underneath my front door today. Wish me luck.

I couldn't imagine being on the road without: Cell phones. Having families and significant others back home being able to do things like FaceTime and all of that makes being away much easier in an already tough lifestyle.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as: Photographer/artist. I have a series of both I plan on putting out soon that I’ve been working on.

Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber

My mission in life: Create memories with the ones I love.

My guilty pleasure band or artist: Michael Bolton’s Christmas album, “This Is the Time”

My next goal is: To not get stung by a wasp. See question 38.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is: The people that I get to go to work with everyday. They are my family.

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The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be: Paul McCartney, no question.

If I could have three wishes, they would be: For Johnny Rabb, our drummer, to be a late night TV show host, a toilet made of solid gold, and three more wishes.

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for: Showing as much Love to others as I could.


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