I grabbed a copy of the March 2017 ish of SOUND DESIGNER magazine from Amazon JP as it was tweeted that this ish contains an article on MAMI as well as her home studio. So, this arrived by courier during my recent break:
MAMI’s Lake Placid Blue Tele had never been mentioned in any interviews before. Yet, I remembered first seeing it for the first time during the Sisters era, and it was on the type B promo poster for the single back in 2015.
And the Tele reappeared in the vid for ちいさなほのお, where it was shared between HARU and MAMI. I don’t think it was made known that the song was recorded using said Tele, although the vid gave us the impression the shots were from the recording sesh.
Looking at the Tele sitting pretty in MAMI’s home studio together with her old “sticker” FSR Strat, it’s likely that the Lake Placid Blue Tele is her own.
MAMI’s Tele is an American Vintage ’64 Telecaster which used to come in Lake Placid Blue. Sadly, this is no longer the case and at the time of writing, the only finish currently available for this AVRI model is white blonde on an ash body.
Specs, should one is able to find one on eBay:
Lake Placid Blue 011-1000-802
Body Shape: Telecaster
Body Finish: (0111000802) New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Shape: Mid ’60s “C” Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Fretboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Fretboard: Round Laminated Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: New American Vintage ’64 Gray-Bottom Tele Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup: New American Vintage ’64 Gray-Bottom Tele Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Bridge: Original Vintage Style Tele Bridge with 3 Threaded Steel Saddles
String Nut: Bone
Tuning Machines: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Switch Tip: “Top Hat” Style Switch Tip
Strings: Fender USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: Slimmer, more rounded maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with staggered bridge pickup pole magnets; Threaded steel “barrel” bridge saddles; “Top-hat” switch tip and flat-top knurled chrome control knobs
Case: New Deluxe Vintage Brown Case
Pickguards: 3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel
Included Accessories: Vintage ’64 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, ’60s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner’s Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Flat Top
The mag also featured MAMI’s home studio. It looks pretty basic as expected for someone using it to write songs/make demos as opposed to produce a full-fledged album. Interestingly, it looks more like a hobby room as the studio is housed in the same space as her sewing machines.
MAMI runs a CUBASE AI as her DAW on an iMac. The AI is a compact version of CUBASE that comes with her Steinberg UR44 audio interface. In this photo, you can also see her Akai LPK25 USB-MIDI keyboard controller and Novation Launch Control, as well as a Launchpad. Her desktop monitors are Fostex PM0.4ns. She also has a bunch of SCANDAL band score books on her shelf!
Under her desk are a few stompboxes and a Yamaha THR10v.2 virtual amp. On her Pedaltrain are stompboxes which used to be on her previous tour setups, apart from the M5:
A. Digitech Whammy (5th gen)
B. Vox V847 wah
C. Line 6 M5 stompbox modeller
D. Xotic BB preamp
E. Xotic AC booster
F. Korg DT-10 digital tuner
My non-speaker status hadn’t stopped me before.
She’s into making her own clothes of late.