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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: LINDA PERRY

My dream was not to be a big rockstar, it was to create music that would play a supporting role in films. Every song I write comes from a visual, not a word, not a strum.” ~ Linda Perry

  • Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer 
  • Lead singer of 4 Non-Blondes from the late 1980s to early to mid-1990s
  • Produced hit songs for Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and P!nk, among others
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Nominated for numerous Grammy awards
  • Received Powerhouse Award at She Rocks Awards Show in 2020
  • Released five solo albums
  • In 2020, Taylor Guitars collaborated with Perry to build a custom Taylor guitar. Aesthetically, Perry drew inspiration from the look of the guitar Kurt Cobain played in Nirvana’s iconic episode of MTV Unplugged, specifically the location of the volume/tone control knobs. Also, her initials are inlaid into the pickguard.
    • Powers told us, “The guitar (actually a pair of guitars) we built for Linda is based on the Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717e guitar with a seriously customized electronics package. We started with the rosewood/spruce Builder’s Edition 717e that she loved. For her stage use, she loves the sound of magnetic pickups and wanted to blend the magnetic induction pickup sound with our ES2 pickup. We happened to be experimenting with a few concept pickups in our shop and decided to try those out in this context. We fabricated solid brass retainer rings to mount a soundhole pickup into and custom-wired both pickup systems together to offer a mix of two pickup sources, plus a variable high-frequency tone-shaping filter. The output is a uniquely tailored voicing of her 717e fit for her playing style and stage.
GGM Staff

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