Spotlight: Jack Gray – Guitar World


HAILS FROM: Sunshine Coast, QLD
SOUNDS LIKE: Sweet and summery acoustic pop
LATEST DROP: “Selfish” (single out now via Warner)

What’s your current go-to guitar?
My go-to guitar is a Fender Stratocaster. My uncle gave me his Strat when I was nine – it was the first electric guitar I ever had. I went through a few different phases with guitars, like my Jazzmaster and my Gretsch Electromatic, but I always find myself coming back to the Strat. It’s such a universal guitar with a beautiful tone, and it feels so good to play.

How did you initially fall in love with the instrument?
My very first guitar was an Ibanez acoustic. It was my dad’s – he brought it secondhand from a market 30 years ago. When I was six, I found it lying under his bed and just became obsessed. My dad was in a band, and I looked up to him – he was the drummer, but I wanted to find my own thing, so the guitar under the bed did that for me. It’s this faded sunburst colour and has mould on the body, but it just looks so beautiful. The action is super low so it’s really nice to play, and easy to learn on. The neck is thin too, so when I was only six my hand could fit around it. It has so much sentimental value that I wanted to be able to use it onstage, so I replaced the