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If Tom Delonge had stuck to playing the trumpet or his initial dream of becoming a fire fighter, music history might have not known the catchy punk adolescent anthems of Blink-182. Originally named Duck Tape, thankfully, they renamed themselves Blink (eventually adding the -182 when an Irish pop band of the same name threatened legal action). They quietly gained success while touring throughout Southern California in the early 90′s.
DeLonge playing his signature strat in sea foam green. Courtesy of Tom DeLonge Signature Fender Strat Facebook
Growing up in Poway, CA, a suburb of San Diego, young Thomas Matthew Delonge Jr. wasn’t what you’d call a scholar. He was more of the Jeff Spicoli type who lived skateboarding and music. Getting expelled in his junior year for showing up drunk at a basketball game was like fate steering him towards his future, sort of. He transferred to Rancho Bernardo High where he became friends with Anne Hoppus, the sister of his future bass player. With drummer Scott Raynor (whom they fired in ’98 for being too much of a rockstar, i.e., too much drinking), they embarked on a steady ascent to music fame and fortune, releasing their kick ass breakthrough album “Enema of the State” in 1999. Poppy, punkish, immature yet with startling insight on adolescent frustration and relationships, hit singles such as “What’s My Age Again”, “All the Small Things”, and “Adam’s Song” catapulted the band into Top 40 status before the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2005.
With a cream customized ES-333. Photo courtesy of zimbio.com
When you’re famous, you get to have things named after you or you start a clothing line or open a restaurant. DeLonge has tackled 2 out of the 3 (not bad, although it’s still too early to say if a restaurant is completely out of the question).
DeLonge got his first guitar for his birthday from a friend who found it in the garbage, or so legend says. Luckily, he moved on to Fender Stratocasters (with a DiMarzio X2Ns in the bridge position). Naturally, Fender teamed with him to create the Tom DeLonge Signature Stratocaster, which still enjoys cult status among those who love its simplicity (see our October 30 blog entry for more details).
In 2003, with his Fender contract expiring, DeLonge switched to Gibson and got his name on another guitar. Their collaboration yielded the Tom DeLonge Signature ES-333, based on a standard Gibson ES-335, a classic semi-hollow body design that he had been playing.
Another customized Gibson ES-333 in 2013. Photo courtesy of thevine.com
The ES-333 has an added overwound ‘Dirty Fingers’ humbucker pickup and thinner satin finish, which in theory, uses the players’ natural body oils to polish down to a naturally “aged” look over time.
Its thick, distorted tone is the Delonge’s signature guitar tone and widely recognized as the quintessential Blink sound. Unless you’re DeLonge, who customized quite a few of his personal Gibsons with stickers, racing stripes, paint, burns and scratches, the average Joe gets to chose between a Brown or Cream body, with a Natural neck and headstock–which translates to unpretentious low-key or a blank canvas for the uber creative, depending on how you choose to rock it.
Another paint splattered version of the ES-333. This one was painted with a lemon creme base.
There is a lower cost Epiphone version of the Tom DeLonge ES-333. Manufactured in China, it is fitted with the same Dirty Fingers humbucker but is more affordable than the Gibson version that goes for about a grand. These Epiphones are the ones you’re more likely to see floating around and they’re actually decent guitars. DeLonge plays these in concert occasionally, and he’s been known to give them away to fans afterward.
You can almost see the Macbeth guitar strap he pairs with his ES-333.
DeLonge also co-founded the Macbeth Shoe Company with fellow band mate Mark Hoppus (who has since sold his shares to DeLonge). The brand hawks a fairly decent selection of men’s shoes (kudos for featuring a vegan line), tees and accessories designed by famous musicians for the not so famous.
Blink-182 has outlived the life cycle of many bands before them–they’ve broken up, started side projects (DeLonge’s were Box Car Racer and Angels & Airwaves) and come back together (some would say as a watered down version of what they used to be).
This brown version, minus the awesome scratches and band logo, is what the average Joe gets.
Blink’s reunion in 2009 led to a reunion tour. In 2011,the band’s 6th album, Neighborhoods, was released, topping out at #2 on the Billboard 200. Many say the sound is more subdued and reflects the band members’ maturity and life experiences. Perhaps there’s just something missing–like the spontaneity and youthful ignorance of a kid who didn’t know any better.
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