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Bill Kelliher

Bill Kelliher performing live
Background information
Birth name Bill Kelliher
Born March 23, 1971 (age 38)
Genres Heavy metal, progressive metal, groove metal, sludge metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Years active 1995 - present
Associated acts Mastodon, Lethargy, Today is the Day, Butterslax
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Explorer

Bill Kelliher (born March 23, 1971) is a guitarist in the Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon. He shares guitar duties with Brent Hinds, playing mainly complex rhythm parts. Kelliher is married, with two young sons—the eldest one named Harrison, after Harrison Ford of Star Wars fame. He is also a Star Wars enthusiast, with a large collection of action figures and other merchandise from the franchise.

On June 12, 2007, Hinds and Kelliher won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for best shredders,[1] Mastodon's first ever award.

On November 3, 2008, Kelliher was hospitalized during the European Unholy Alliance Chapter 3 tour they participated in. The band continued on tour as a trio, while his condition improved.[2]

Equipment and style

Bill Kelliher, Rockslide 2007

Kelliher uses several guitars in Mastodon: his main guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Custom in a Silverburst finish but also owns another Les Paul Custom in ebony. He has been seen using a Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony and Alpine White during the band's 2009 tour with Dethklok. He has used a Gibson Explorer 2 CMT in Antique (i.e., "tobacco") Sunburst, a second Gibson Explorer in white, a third Explorer in black with gold hardware, a custom Yamaha SGB, and a First Act custom 9-string Silverburst DC Lola, which was built for usage on Crack the Skye. He also recently (02/2010) took delivery of a Morgan Guitar Works Bird of Prey - a silver futuristic flying V. Kelliher used Laney amplification at one time (specifically, the VH100R head), but now plays a Marshall JCM 800 Kerry King signature. He can also be seen playing through a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier in the bonus features of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters DVD. His pedal board includes an Ibanez Tube King, a Boss TU-2 Tuner, an MXR M-135 Smart Noise Gate, and a Digitech Jamman Looper Pedal.

Like his bandmate Hinds, Kelliher also utilizes three tunings in Mastodon: D Standard on the Les Paul(E Standard down one whole step, D G C F A D), Drop C on the Yamaha SGB (Drop D down one whole step, C G C F A D), and another tuning similar to Drop C, but with the low E tuned down to A on the Explorer (A G C F A D).

Bill Kelliher is a longtime user of Seymour Duncan pickups. He uses the SH-6 Duncan Distortion model in the neck and bridge position of his Les Pauls.[3]




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