Tom Morello’s Ovation Breadwinner

This guitar was used by Tom Morello around 1999 – during the time the band (RATM) was working on The Battle of Los Angeles album. Tom used it to record some parts of “Testify”.

On the main riff (on Testify) there are two guitars – the Tele on the neck pickup, and a Les Paul overdub.I played them both through my 50-watt Marshall.

For the disco part in the breakdown, I used an Ovation Breadwinner through a Line 6 Flextone. At the store where I got my very first Kay guitar, the Breadwinner was the top of the line, and I said to myself, “I’ll have one of those someday!” I now own two.

Tom Morello, Guitar Player – July 2000

Also, while working in the studio, he had the guitar connected to a vintage Vox Tone Bender fuzz pedal and a Music Man amp. As the guitar was laying around it accidentally picked up a signal from a Korean radio station which the band ended up using as a part of the “Sleep Now in the Fire” song.


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