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Robby Krieger: "To Me, a Strat is a Lot Better and More Playable Than a Tele"

Robby Krieger performs at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA
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Robby Krieger, the guitarist responsible for so much of The Doors' distinctly eclectic musical identity, is almost synonymous with Gibson, particularly the SG.

Though he used a Melody Maker during the earliest days of the Doors, Krieger would come to favor the SG, and to this day remains one of the instrument's most loyal, and prominent, ambassadors.

That doesn't mean, however, that Krieger is neutral when it comes to the guitar universe's other giant, and its two most famous offerings. 

I can tell right away if a guitar plays good or not, and if it sounds good.

Robby Krieger

When asked by Guitarist (opens in new tab) if there were any design features that he saw as instant turn-offs when auditioning a new guitar, Krieger said “All I know is how it sounds and how it plays. And I can tell right away if a guitar plays good or not, and if it sounds good. It sometimes takes me a while to get used to a guitar. Sometimes, after a month of playing, it’s not as good as I thought it was." 

He then added, "I just don’t see why people like Telecasters so much. It’s not my style. To me, a Strat is a lot better and more playable than a Tele.”

Kreiger did go on to say, however, that Fender's amplifiers were much more to his taste. "I like the [Fender] Blues DeVille with the 4x10s. I really like those," Krieger said (opens in new tab). "I seem to get what I need out of them. I really like the old ’59 Twin, but they’re hard to find. I’ve been looking for one and Joe Bonamassa said he’s got a bunch of them. 

"He said he’d sell me one, but every time I call him, he’s on tour [laughs].”

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.