What Guitar Does Rebecca Lovell Play? (Larkin Poe)
In 2005 a young bluegrass sister group from Georgia known as the Lovell sisters performed for a talent show on public radio. 3 sisters, the eldest Jessica who was 19, played the violin, the middle sister Megan was on Dobro Resonator guitar, she was 15, and the youngest, Rebecca was the vocalist and mandolin player, she was 14.
They won the first prize and soon went on to more accolades including; Rebecca winning a mandolin contest at Merlefest 2006, and they also won a John Lennon songwriting contest grand prize 2008 with a song called “Distance”. When elder sister Jessica decided to settle down, the remaining sisters reinvented their musical stance and Larkin Poe was born.
With Megan swapping her Dobro for a lap steel guitar and Rebecca swapping her mandolin for electric guitar the sisters have gone from strength to strength. Their band name is taken from the name of one of their ancestors who was a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe.
During the pandemic lockdowns when others were sitting on their laurels, Larkin Poe were busy creating online content where they covered a diversity of artists’ work including Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Skip James, and The Bee Gees. They also released two albums.
They enjoy interacting on social media which has helped them immensely during a time when touring was impossible.
What Kind Of Guitar Does Rebecca Lovell Play?
Rebecca plays her Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker (humbucker in the bridge) mostly when onstage but she also plays or has played the following;
- Fender Jazzmaster
- Nash JM63
- Fender Mustang 90
- Gibson SG Standard
- Fender Stratocaster with Humbuckers
- Kay Archtop
- Gibson SG Original
- Gretsch Jet
Rebecca said she started off with a Fender Jazzmaster because she saw that Elvis Costello played one, but she finds the Strat more comfortable for using onstage.
She also plays a Deco Phonic Sidecar acoustic made by Beard Guitars who famously make resonators. She has also played a 1948 Martin 0-18
Her sister Megan plays a Rickenbacker B6 steel guitar which is tuned like a Dobro.
Who Has Rebecca Lovell Worked With During Her Career?
The sisters have worked with many artists during their career so far including;
- Jackson Browne
- Taj Mahal
- Marcus Mumford
- T-Bone Burnett
- Mike Cambell
- Norah Jones
- Keith Urban
- Eric Gales
- Joe Bonamassa
- Elle King
- Bob Seger
- Conor Oberst
- Steve Ferrone
- Taylor Goldsmith
- Don Henley
- Jim James
- Rhiannon Giddens
- Elvis Costello
- Kristian Bush
- And Many More
What Strings Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
Rebecca uses Ernie Ball Slinky Titanium 10 – 46 strings, she says she used to use really heavy strings because she felt she had to make a point but now uses Titanium 10 – 46 strings.
What Amps Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
On stage Rebecca uses a Fender Deluxe amplifier and at home she has a Fender Blackface Princeton amp from the 60s that she says is too fragile. She also has a Fender Custom Pro Reverb at home too.
What Effects Pedals Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
Rebecca doesn’t use too many effects pedals but she uses or has used the following;
- Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner
- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
- Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay Pedal
- Rodenberg TB Drive Shakedown Special
- Mooer Ana Echo Delay
- Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh
- JHS Moonshine
- Xotic Effects EP Booster
- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker
What Pickups Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
Rebecca uses a HSS set up on her Strat; the humbucker she uses is a Fender Shawbucker humbucking pick-up.
What Chords Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
Rebecca plays in a lot of drop tunings and as such she doesn’t play chords. She plays plenty of running riffs to accompany her sister’s slide solo style.
What Pick Does Rebecca Lovell Use?
Rebecca uses a Dunlop Tortex .60mm pick.
What Kind Of Music Does Rebecca Lovell Play?
Rebecca plays blues music mostly, old blues mixed with a modern twist. Her musical styles have been called psychedelic folk, roots rock, Americana, folk rock and blues rock.
How To Play Guitar Like Rebecca Lovell
To play guitar like Rebecca Lovell you’ll need to learn to riff extensively and get used to different tuning styles, she plays a lot in drop D tuning and sometimes as low as drop C. She plays her guitar almost as if it was an instrument of percussion. This goes back to her early bluegrass days of playing the mandolin as the mandolin does keep the beat in a string band.
Why Did Rebecca Lovell Learn Guitar?
Rebecca and her sisters Megan and Jessica all had violin lessons from an early age. Rebecca started to play mandolin because she said it had the same tuning as a violin and so it was an easy transformation. She then graduated to guitar after the breakup of the Lovell sisters band, she says she couldn’t write while concentrating on playing mandolin which is the main reason for changing to guitar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rebecca plays a Fender American Professional Stratocaster nowadays. She used to play a Fender Jazzmaster.
Rebecca Lovell plays a Deco Phonic Sidecar acoustic guitar made by Beard guitars from Maryland.
The Lovell sisters that make up the group Larkin Poe are from Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia USA.
Larkin Poe are an American roots rock band currently residing in Nashville Tennessee USA fronted by sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell.
Larkin Poe was the name of their great- great-great grandad who was a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe the writer.
The Lovell sisters who make up Larkin Poe do write their own songs.