Tom Morello’s Ibanez GA60SCE “Whatever it Takes”

Tom got this guitar in 2002, around the time he was starting the whole Nightwatchman thing.

His nylon string guitar that he had at the time, which he was using in his apartment, wasn’t really made for live gigs, so he turned to Ibanez for advice. It’s unclear at this point whether Ibanez just sent out a couple of GA60SCE models to him, or whether they were custom-made just for Tom.

Tom with the Ibanez GA60SCE guitar at the 2011 New York Comic Con. Photo by: Marnie Joyce

In any case, Tom used one of those guitars as his main acoustic guitar for most of the recordings he did as the Nightwatchman. The other one he apparently gave to the Woody Guthrie Museum in Oklahoma.

This is a nylon string guitar that is sort of my main acoustic vehicle. I made four solo records under the name of Nightwatchmen, which are basically sort americana/political folk records.

I’ve always been a fan of heavy music, but then sort of later in my listening life that I discovered Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebrasca” record, first couple of Dylan records, and dug back to Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs and people like that.

Tom Morello – Premier Guitar


The standard factory GA60SCE model is an acoustic-electric guitar that features a grand auditorium body shape, a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, chrome die-cast tuners, and a satin finish. It has a Venetian cutaway for easy access to the higher frets and comes equipped with a Fishman Sonicore pickup and Ibanez AEQ210TF preamp.

Tom playing his Ibanez GA60SCE
Tom playing his Ibanez GA60SCE


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