Their star keeps on rising, having just won a Album Of The Year Grammy for 'Babel' and passing 2.5 million album sales'Mumford And Sons' can truly be said to have made it in America. That puts them in a pretty exclusive (and eclectic) club along with the Beatles, Stones, George Michael and Phil Collins. Thanks to some stellar photography from James Marcus Haney (who went on tour with the Mumfords in Canada) we've got a bit of an insight into what happens backstage, on stage and how they get their special brand of folk/rock sounds. The pictures are rather pretty too.
Marcus Mumfords' Guitar
Marcus Mumford is known to be a fan of Martin acoustic guitars and has used a variety of models over the years. These days he's mostly favouring the D28, a classic that has been used by other famous strummers such as John Lennon. That bold, stadium filling sound could only really come from a steel string dreadnought, so if the D28 is a little out of your price range why not try the Martin DX1-AE electro acoustic instead?
Ben Lovett's Keyboard
Another constant in the Mumford setup is Ben using Nord keys, specifically the Stage 2. This is Nord's flagship performance keyboard with piano, organ and synth sounds. If you're just after some rousing piano tones like on Lover Of The Light then a simpler digital piano might be for you. When it comes to playing accordion Ben has used a Roland FR-7x accordion, a high end model costing around £4000. We have the Roland FR-3x, a fantastic pro level instrument with versatile features and sounds. Here's the Ben using his customised Stage 2 at the Brits.
Winston Marshall's Banjo Rig
Winston tends to favour some pretty serious banjos and resonator guitars from Eagle and Gold Tone, high end quality often carrying a price tag to match. If you want to get some vintage sounds on stage our recommendation would be Gretsch. They've been making waves recently with a range of acoustic instruments with period accurate appointments but modern build/sound quality. What could be more Mumford than a Resonator Uke or swining Dixie Banjo. We've spied Winston setup with a pedal board, being a black and white aerial shot it's hard to make out the colour coded Boss pedals but there's clearly Boss Graphic EQ and TU-3 tuner pedals as well as Electro Harmonix Memory Man and Holy Grail Plus. They can get pretty raucous but it seems unlikely that the Mumfords would be packing a fuzz pedal (although there is clearly some banjo distortion on 'Lover Of The Light') so we reckon the other Boss pedals are more likely to be a compressor and delay.
Ted is a little bit of an enigma in terms of gear, certainly he can frequently be spotted with an acoustic double bass or perhaps behind a drum kit from time to time. Here we see him at close of set, along with good view of the backline. With their sound getting a bit grittier on Babel you know Mumford And Sons aren't strangers to electric amplification, below is evidence of some classic amps including a Deluxe Reverb, Tweed Deluxe and seemingly a Marshall Bluesbreaker.
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