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Pete & Carl Reunited + The Libertines Gear Guide

Published: Fri September 19, 2008  News Feed
One of the most celebrated bands of the past ten years, The Libertines are back and, this time, it seems not just for a handful of gigs: after their reunion in 2010 for the Reading & Leeds festival, and, more recently, headlining shows at Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace in London, it has been announced that the band is working on a new album.

"We’re off to play in Europe," said Doherty as reported by NME, "but the next time we play in England we'll probably be playing new songs for a new record."

Timely opportunity to review and update our Libertines Gear Guide!

The Libertines playing at Leeds Festival 2010

The Libertines Gear Guide:

The Libertines, whose career imploded in 2004, have proved to be one of the most influential rock bands in British music, and even The Guardian newspaper went as far as calling them "The Greatest Band In Britain Today"  back in 2003.  And it has nothing to do with hype - The Libertines never sold many records, and a whole host of new bands who took their inspiration from The Libs (The Kooks, The Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys) have achieved much more success.

But like Oasis before them, or the Arctic Monkeys after, The Libertines are one of those bands that inspired many kids to pick up a guitar and play...so whatever you think of their sound, they certainly deserve a Gear Guide! And here it is...


Carl Barat and Pete Doherty always liked vintage, rare guitars, and have always been partial to Epiphone and Gibson models. Carl’s favourite has always been and still remains his sunburst Gibson Melody Maker (singlecut version), a light, entry-level guitar that he still plays today, with new band Dirty Pretty Things. The Melody Maker still remains the cheapest Gibson produced in recent years, and is very affordable.


Carl also played a double cutaway Melody Maker,in sunburst but also a red one, besides Gibson SG on a few occasions (see left) as well as a Les Paul.

Like Barat, Pete Doherty also remained faithful to his favourite guitar from the Libertines days, and can still be seen playing a 1960’s Epiphone Coronet in Babyshambles. This guitar is exremely rare to find, and very expensive too, but back in the 60’s it was also an entry level guitar. It’s simple design (just one P-90 pickup) is ideal for punk rockers, but it’s really hard to see one of those around! The closest thing you'll find are the reissue Epiphone Wilshire models.

Another guitar Doherty used quite often was a vintage 1960’s Wine Red Gibson ES-330, also with P-90’s pickups. This guitar is, once again, quite rare. It seems Doherty is quite a fan of P-90 equipped guitars, as he's used an Epiphone Casino as well.

Pete Doherty seems to be a big fans of semi-acoustic models and has also used was a Rickenbacker 330 and, more recently, a Gibson ES-335.

Early on in the Libertines career, Doherty also played another vintage Epiphone, the Epiphone Olympic, mid sixties with one pickup. Really cool too...it’s the guitar that appears on the cover of the “I Get Along” single.

Pete Doherty & his Epiphone Coronet

Pete Doherty 2014

Doherty playing the super rare Epiphone Coronet in the good old days of 2002, and still playing it in 2014.


Pete Doherty and Gibson AJ45

The Libertines were always fond of performing acoustic sets, and have been seen using Yamaha and Takamine acoustic guitars. Pete Doherty favourite acoustic seems to be a Gibson J-45, though.


Pete Doherty used Marshall cabs and heads, and Barat was (and still is) an adept of the Vox AC-30.

FX Pedals:

Other than a Boss TU-2 tuner, The Libs never used many pedals. Carl Barat used a MXR Dynacomp to boost solos,sometimes a MXR Micro Amp, and that’s it. At the 2010 festival dates, he could be seen using more pedals in a proper pedalboard, which included a couple of T-Rex fx pedals.


If you don’t play guitar very well, don’t worry! The Libertines didn’t either, and it didn’t stop them did it? Here’s a cool Pete Doherty quote from the NME:

“Drive your guitar to hell and back, over drums that make your heart burst, then put a mad riff over it all. And some screaming. It’s just a case of turning up, doing that - and looking good”.


Pete Doherty and Carl Barat reunited on stage in London last Wednesday (17th Sept) giving fans hopes that reforming The Libertines could be in the cards...

The pair performed three of the band's most famous tracks – 'Horror Show', 'Time For Heroes' and 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' – during an impromptu set.

The gig at the Prince of Wales pub had originally been billed as a solo show from Doherty but Barat arrived to join the Babyshambles singer. It's not the first time the duo has joined forces since the demise of The Libertines. In April this year, they reunited for a few songs at the Hackney Empire, London, where Pete Doherty was performing a solo set.

Whether this latest reunion is a sign that The Libertines might be planning a comeback, only time will tell...but many fans have been hoping for a proper Libertines reunion since their last gig in december 2004.

For more info and photos, visit the Gigwise.com website.

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