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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: My ’62 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Guitar

Walker: This guitar has been with me through the thickest and the thin. It’s the only guitar I ended up with when a wildfire destroyed our home and recording studio, and everything in them, many years ago. I had probably close to 40 vintage guitars, drum kits, microphones and all of my master recordings of everything I have ever done. All gone. But my wife and son were with me in NYC for an acoustic show I was playing when we got the news from back in California. So the only guitar that survived was the one I had with me. My ’62 Gibson Hummingbird. I bought this guitar way back in the day, when I could barely afford it, and my buddy John Dannert in Spartanburg, S.C., had a music store there and a venue we would play all the time. He sold me this Hummingbird for 900 bucks, which was a deal. It didn’t even have a correct pick guard or tuners on it, but I didn’t care. It looked and played and sounded incredible. I wrote almost everything I have ever written on that guitar, toured the world several times with it, dropped it, broke it a hundred times, and glued it back together. It will not die. This is the Brokeback Mountain of acoustic guitars, and it will not quit me.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: My iPhone

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

iphone

Walker: I may come off as a hopeless romantic curmudgeon for “all things older and classic,” but I would be lying if I told you I didn’t love my iPhone. As far as any creation, it’s kinda killing everything out there, and Steve Jobs left our minds completely blown when he invented it. I mean, mine can actually open my garage doors, turn on my pool heater and lights from across town, play my music anywhere, file my lyrics, tune my guitars, take photos that rival the quality of my Canon and help me find my keys with the built-in flashlight. Oh, you know what is super weird?? It does emails and makes phone calls. So the next time you complain about your damn smart-phone, just remember, while you were getting high in college, Steve Jobs was making it possible for you to post a picture of your favorite weed strain on your goddamn IG account. From an airplane. Or a boat. Or a coffee shop with wifi. Fuck you. Steve Jobs lost the battle to cancer, but he won the war on technology.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: My Gun Collection

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Guns

Walker: OK, this is a touchy one for people. I may be one of the few “left wing” gun lovers out there. I’m not to be lumped into the lot of folks that sit around saying, “They’re trying to take away our guns!” No, buddy, the guns they wanna pull from your cold, dead hands are fucking AR15s or .50 calibers, etc. And to be honest, they can have those. I mean, do you really need one of those sitting on the porch of your home? I’d say those are a little overkill for home protection, and you clearly only want those to impress your friends. I collect mostly vintage revolvers, semi-auto pistols and shotguns. I don’t use them to hunt like I did with my dad growing up. I am more about using them for sport shooting, target, clays and self-protection. My dad and I grew up shooting, and he left me a great little collection of pieces, including the first gun he ever gave me that was his father’s (a double barrel, over/under Savage 22/.410 shotgun). I have some Beretta 12 and 20 gauge shotguns (Perennia SV10s), some Smith & Wesson pistols (.357 magnums and .45 Colt long, and a few old .380s, 9MM and 1911 semi-autos. To me, they are works of art. I agree that they’re dangerous. Obviously. But it’s more about the person with it. A car, motorcycle, knife or TIG welder can all kill you or someone next to you if you are an idiot with them. Just like firearms. But I will always strongly believe that the mind of a person is by far the most dangerous potential killer of all, and that is why being educated on the subject as well as how to use them safely will always be important. This includes having a giant safe to keep them in, locked away from kids or idiot cousins.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: My Taxidermy Collection

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Taxidermy

Walker: I have a studio in Nashville called Traxidermy (I know, I’m a child), and it is filled with some beautiful pieces that I have collected or friends have sold or given me. I haven’t gone as far as Jack White and put an actual elephant head or anything like that up. I don’t have the space. But I have some pretty good ones (water buffalo, African kudu, elk, some great fish and the like … ). before you guys go all PETA on me (I am huge animal lover and supporter of animal rights), let me explain my thought process. I collect these things to show off and celebrate their beauty. I would rather hang them up and have them as art to marvel over, rather than someone kill it and then get tired of it and burn it or throw it in the trash, which is what happens, sadly. It’s a shame someone killed some of these animals, but if they can live on by being wall art and having a place for people to get an up close look at the beauty, then I am all for that. It’s a lot prettier than hanging up your leather belt or leather boots on the wall to look at.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: Motorcycles

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Motorcycle

Walker: I know, I know. They’re all the rage now, but fuck you, man. I’ve been riding them for about 20 years or so, and I just happen to be able to finally afford to collect a few that I love. The one that currently has my heart is my black 1949 Harley Davidson Panhead. It’s a bit of a mutt (’49 unmolested panhead motor in a ’46 knucklehead front and and frame), but I still scored when I bought this one. They are not getting any cheaper if you can find them with original parts and paint. I also have a 1954 Harley Panhead bobber and a 1980 Harley Shovelhead chopper with a custom painted tank by this amazing artist in Japan named Gen Love Ear Art (the Japanese are whacky and awesome). I also have my first love that I learned pretty much how to ride on (a 1973 BMW R75/5). It’s a classic little bike that always looks cool going down the road and always runs. Especially if you own old Harleys; then you know what I mean.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: My Hi-Fi And Turntable

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Turntable

Walker: It’s a sweet and simple system with a Basis Audio 1400 Turntable with a Benz Micro L2 cartridge, and a Pathos handmade, integrated Amplifier and preamp. The Speakers are DalI Helicon 800’s. There’s something that never replaces the feeling of having to put a record needle on the groove of a slab of vinyl, and hear it through a really nice set of speakers. It’s just honestly, the way recordings were meant to be heard. Well, musical records anyways. I’m old fashioned and like to listen to a lot of older classic records (call me nostalgic in my later years), and they don’t ever sound as good when compressed into a shitty digital file and then played on stereos and software players with all of these “enhancer” effects you can add. These days, everyone just turns all of that stuff on because it just makes things sound louder. Not “better.” Hit this button for “goddamn bass boost”! This one for “treble enhancer”! Or this one for “3D motherfucking heedfuck destroyer”! and settings like that. Or even worse, the one that is killing music dead in the water? The ability to “skip” to another song before even hearing what the singer has to say for three whole minutes of your day. Records force you to sit and listen to an album as a body of work, in it’s entirety. This is a very difficult exercise for the general public nowadays because we have ADD from too many options, so we change our mind half-way thr…….. oh look…. a squirrel is on a skateboard in this video someone just texted me. I’ll be right back. I wanna “Like” this video really quick and post it on my photo blog. Wait … No.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: Michael Jackson

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

MichaelJackson

Walker: Never before has their been such an incredibly diverse and genre-bending artist than Michael. All my metalhead friends back in school fucking loved him. There was always one kid in school who rocked the glove and the jacket that you could buy at Chess King or the Merry Go Round boutique at the mall. Even all the redneck, country-music-lovin’, God-fearing jocks in the South loved him because their girlfriends liked him. Every Christmas or Thanksgiving, I would hear at least one asshole racist relative at the dinner table even say, “Well … he’s one of the good ones.” Or something stupid like that. Michael broke down the racial barriers, made it cool to be be a feminine dude, all while having this sexy-as-hell bravado at the same time. It was always weaving in and out of the fabric of my youth, from the skating-rink make-out sessions between the Pac Man machine (“PYT”) or getting me all choked up over a girlfriend who just left me for the quarterback (“She’s Out Of My Life”). He would make you a soft, exposed romantic one minute, then the next minute, have Eddie Van Halen ripping guitar solos on his shit (“Beat It”). Tragic what fame does to some people. I will always hold him in the highest regard.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: Amazon.com

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Amazon

Walker: For god sakes, I don’t know what life would be for the busy man/woman without it. “Prime member” that shit while you’re at it. Everything I am writing about can be bought on Amazon; that is some crazy shit. Is it weird that every time I say the word “Amazon,” I have to sing, “amazon amazon mah zon dot com … amazon amazon mah zon dot com … ” to the tune of that random African vocal lick at the end of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” by Michael Jackson? That dude was a monster badass.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: Febreze

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

Febreze

Walker: Until they tell me that this shit causes cancer, I swear by it on the road and in the tour bus. I sweat like a whore in church onstage, so washing clothes every day is not an option. I hang them up after a show, douse them with this spray bottle of heavenly mystery juice, and the next day, everything smells clean and doesn’t creep back in. This is probably the grossest thing in my posts for you guys.

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From The Desk Of Butch Walker: Red Wing Boots

Butch Walker built his reputation with hard-hitting, self-produced rock albums marked by a bright, polished sound. When he set out to make Afraid Of Ghosts, an LP partially inspired by the death of his father, he decided to forget about perfection and aim for a more visceral, acoustic feel. The songs on Afraid Of Ghosts were written over the course of a year, then recorded with Ryan Adams and his band in a four-day burst of creativity. It’s the first time Walker worked with an outside producer. Walker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.

RedWing

Walker: Speaking of my boots. I pretty much sleep in my boots. I am a man of many pair, but I always gravitate toward my Red Wings. My friend NikkI Lane dabbles in vintage clothing when not touring and singing for the masses, and she hits me up anytime she finds a pair of 13-inch (I know; don’t laugh) boots that are gonna look right on my weird-ass body. She got me my favorite and most comfortable pair of Red Wings that were from the ’70s, I believe. I have re-souled them three times already. Redwings made our motorcycle gang (Lucky Riders) all a pair of beautiful new, all-black models, and I haven’t taken them off since. Sneakers are not my game, unfortunately. Some guys can pull them off. I just look like a dick from Entourage if I try to rock that look. Too young for me, I guess. Old-man style for me, nowadays. And you’re talking to someone who wore parachute pants in the ’80s. :-(

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