The Guitars of Linkin Park

Site Info

Over the years, I've established a reputation as somewhat of a "Linkin Park guru" among other members of the Linkin Park fan base. While this isn't exclusive to my knowledge of their guitar-related gear, I definitely consider it my forte, as I've been playing guitar since my early teens. During the long period of "downtime" in between the releases of Meteora and Minutes to Midnight, I began transcribing guitar tabs for the Linkin Park Association website, as I had found that the majority of the tabs of Linkin Park songs at the time were largely inaccurate. This led to the creation of my Youtube channel in early 2007, which was (and still is) primarily meant to be a visual companion to my tabs. This, unsurprisingly, led to a lot of questions from viewers of my channel about what kind of gear the band was using. After doing some research, I quickly discovered that, much like many of the other guitar tabs out there, the most widely-available information about the band's gear was also either outdated or inaccurate. After spending several months amassing all of the accurate information I could find, I launched this site on October 27th, 2007. It's been a constantly evolving labor of love ever since.

About Me

My name is Anthony Staten. I've been inhabiting this planet since May 8th, 1988. I spent the early part of my life living in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, prior to moving to St. Cloud, Minnesota in March of 2010. In the fall of 2015, I relocated to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to attend McNally Smith College of Music, pursuing a degree in their Guitar Performance program. My wife Katie and I got married on May 16th, 2014, after being together for over four years. We're currently expecting our first child, due in early January of 2018! As for my musical history, I began playing guitar at the age of 12, and have added several other instruments to my repertoire in the years since (bass, drums, piano). I've also been singing for practically as long as I've been able to talk. Here is a list of bands I've performed with:

Bullets for the Beautiful (Berea, OH - June 2005-October 2005) - Guitar, vocals
Froot of the Gloom (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - April 2006-June 2015) - Lead vocals, guitar
Felonie Cassette (Facebook/Myspace) (Medina/Brunswick, OH - May 2008-March 2010) - Guitar, bass, vocals
High Hopes: A Tribute to Pink Floyd (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - July 2012-June 2015) - Guitar, vocals
RazerEye (North Olmsted/Cleveland, OH - July 2012-July 2013) - Drums
Generic Jack (St. Cloud, MN - May 2014-Present) - Bass, vocals
Thanks (St. Cloud, MN - February 2015-Present) - Bass, vocals, occasional guitar
McNally Smith College of Music's Modern Rock Ensemble (January 2016-May 2016, September 2016-December 2016) - Guitar, backing vocals
Megafritz (St. Cloud, MN - March 2016-Present) - Bass
Thank You Pizza (St. Paul, MN - September 2016-May 2017) - Guitar

I've also been performing solo acoustic shows (primarily playing covers) on a semi-regular basis since the spring of 2011. In the summer of 2015, I began experimenting with "one-man band" shows, performing with backing tracks to fill out the sound of a full band while still performing alone.

In terms of significant accomplishments with these bands, Felonie Cassette released an EP, Mashed Potatoes and Graves, in July of 2009, and played numerous shows around northeast Ohio. While Froot of the Gloom and High Hopes were based out of Ohio, I still found opportunities to perform while visiting my family after I moved to Minnesota in 2010. Both of these projects came to an end in June of 2015, after my dad's battle with cancer no longer allowed him to perform (my dad was the drummer in Froot of the Gloom, and the lead vocalist in High Hopes - he unfortunately passed away on August 31st, 2015). I was actually a "fill-in" drummer for RazerEye, but only played two shows with them over the span of a year (again, due to them being based in Ohio). They broke up sometime in 2014. Generic Jack has been performing frequently all over Minnesota since forming in the spring of 2014, and we've written about 15 songs that are being considered for an album release. Our first single, "Dent (The Ballad of Jackie the Punk)" was released on December 2nd, 2016. I've gigged with Thanks as both a guitarist and bassist on different occasions, but at present I'm primarily their bass player. Thanks frontman Jeff has also lured me into joining his most recent project Megafritz, which means that despite being a guitarist by trade, I'm currently playing bass in three different bands! I also played guitar and sang backup vocals for the Modern Rock ensemble based out of McNally Smith College of Music for the spring and fall semesters in 2016, and also joined their Indie Rock ensemble (a.k.a. Thank You Pizza) as a guitarist for the fall 2016/spring 2017 semesters, culminating in a week-long regional tour in May of 2017.

Contact/Links

As you probably know (or have guessed), I'm a very active member of the Linkin Park community. I can currently be found on the following websites:

Youtube
Alternate (non-Linkin Park) Youtube
Twitter for Linkin Park-related activities
Twitter for all other activities
Instagram #1 (Primarily my Linkin Park-related account now, although there are a lot of older personal posts on it as well)
Instagram #2 (Newer account for non-Linkin Park stuff)
LPLive
The Linkin Park Association
LinkinPark.com/Linkin Park Underground
/r/LinkinPark on Reddit (I post under the username astaten0)
Ultimate-Guitar (I occasionally post Guitar Pro tabs on here)
SoundCloud
Bandcamp

I'm also a consultant and former webmaster for Green Guitar Project (website currently offline, check them out on Twitter or Instagram). Founded by former Linkin Park guitar tech Sean Paden, GGP aims to make built-to order, eco-friendly guitars (made almost entirely out of reclaimed/recycled wood) available at a modest price. Notable GGP players include Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, and Bobby Schneck (former guitarist in Slash's solo band).

I can be reached via email at either of the following email addresses (I haven't hyperlinked them to cut down on spam):
astat (at) lplive.net
anthony (at) genericjack.com

As for Facebook...I know my page is relatively easy to find, but I would kindly request that members of the Linkin Park community refrain from adding me unless I happen to send them a request. I rarely post anything Linkin Park-related on my Facebook, and it's generally an aspect of my personal life that I prefer to keep separate from my "LP fandom" life. I keep in touch with a few VERY close friends from the LP community on Facebook, but otherwise I will no longer be accepting any friend requests from LP fans (and have, unfortunately, had to delete and/or block some otherwise well-intentioned fans who didn't get the picture after I repeatedly denied their friend requests and/or ignored their private messages). Seriously you guys, my Facebook is almost nothing but me posting memes and bitching about politics. Get in touch with me at one of the above links if you need to, it's not like there's a shortage of other places to find me.

Credits/Contributors

Without these people, this site either wouldn't exist at all, or it wouldn't have nearly the level of content that it does today...

Linkin Park - For being the inspiration behind the site, and for being kind enough to send me a personalized/autographed guitar for no reason other than thinking I have a cool website (this STILL blows my mind). R.I.P. Chester!

Sean Paden - For being the single most helpful person I've ever met in the Linkin Park camp, and an all-around good friend. Tons of photos and information would never have wound up on here without you!

Benjamin Chandler - For filling some big shoes as Brad's guitar tech after Sean's 11-year tenure with the band! We may not have interacted much outside of the occasional Instagram comment volley, but several of your posts have been very insightful.

Ethan Mates - For all of the awesome pictures you've taken in the studio over the years.

Mark Terrell/LPLive - For hosting my guitar tabs, and for being incredibly supportive of all of my projects over the years.

Derek Oswald/The Linkin Park Association - For convincing me to start doing guitar tabs in the first place and sending me on this crazy journey, and for serving as the host for my guitar tabs in the early years.

Jonas Breunig - For constantly giving me heads-ups about guitar-related stuff I may have missed.

Oktavia Palgunadi - For sending me a TON of guitar photos during this site's infancy. I believe most of them have been replaced with better photos by now, but you still had a VERY big hand in getting this site off the ground!

Brennan Percy, Sergey, and Mike (LPCatalog) - While the scope of your site is very different from that of mine, you've still been an awesome resource over the years, and I've occasionally found useful photos/information on LPCatalog. The work you guys do is nothing short of phenomenal.

Drew Gadsby - For going out of your way to try to get guitar photos/videos for me while following the band around North America on tour, and for that epic time you crashed at my house on Projekt Revolution in '08.

Thomas Eger/BlackChester Photography - One of my biggest supporters, AND a guy who does awesome live concert photography that's helped me out a few times.

Ana Alcocer and Zara Penrice (Mike Shinoda Clan) - You guys were my go-to website for photo hunting for many years (WHY DID YOU SHUT DOWN?!). You've helped me a ton, and you've never complained about me using any of your photos, so HUGE thanks to you!

Webs.com - For hosting my website.

Imgur - For coming through for me when Photobucket lost their damn minds and decided to try to charge people $400 a year just to link to their own images. Why I didn't switch to you guys for photo hosting years sooner is beyond me.

My Youtube subscribers/viewers, Twitter/Instagram followers, LP community friends/acquaintances, etc. - For the years of support, and for the COUNTLESS times you've helped me discover something I didn't notice before, whether it be a guitar or something in a tab that needed correcting.