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Pete Loeffler performing live in 2007 at MyCokeFest in Atlanta, Georgia
|Birth name||Peter Doherty Loeffler|
October 19, 1976 |
Grayslake, Illinois, US
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
PRS Custom 24
Lyrical style and collaborations
Pete tends to write abstract lyrics, but often directs them toward specific and sometimes humorous ideas. The track titled "Get Some" from their third album This Type of Thinking was written as an ode to the greed sparked by the contest American Idol—this was announced by the band onstage at the show of May 25, 2007 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, New York. Pete has said that "Forfeit", on the Wonder What's Next album, was written about overaggressive people in concert mosh pits.
"We gravitate toward making fun of big bruisers. That song 'Forfeit' is all about when there's a mosh pit, you always have that big tough guy out there who's trying to kill people. That song is making fun of those people. It's like, 'Yeah, I want you to jump around. Have a good time. . . . Vent. Go to a show and get lost for an hour or two in the music and enjoy. But don't go out and kick people's butts.'"
From the start of his career to mid 2014, Loeffler used PRS, two of which were custom-built for him. He also uses two PRS Custom 22s, one red (which can be seen in the music video for "Send The Pain Below") and one white custom 24 (his main live guitar) and 2 Custom 24 baritones (one of which is a baritone with red "X's" on the neck as inlays, the other is gold-top). Pete also owns Fender Stratocaster Sub-Sonic Baritones (two were stolen along with the rest of the band's gear on May 9, 2007). In earlier live sets (prior to the band's EP) Pete had played a blue Ibanez RG among other guitars. Pete also reportedly used a Gibson Les Paul for some parts on the 2011 album Hats Off to the Bull. As of recently, Loeffler has switched and favored Fender guitars, taking on the road one of his Sub-sonic Stratocasters, as well as a modified Jim Root Stratocaster.
As of 2014, his pedalboard currently consists of these effect pedals:
- Boss GE-7 Equalizer
- Boss TR-2 Tremolo
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
- Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb
- G-Lab True Bypass Wah Pad
- MXR Phase 90
- Peterson StroboStomp 2 Tuner
- Tech 21 SansAmp GT2
- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus