Chelsea Wolfe has been a critics’ favorite ever since she released her debut album, The Grime and the Glow, back in 2010. Premier Guitar recently spoke with the goth-rock artist about her latest LP, Hiss Spun. Topics included a discussion about the guitars she played on the album.

“I used my Gibson ES-335 a lot,” said Wolfe. “I actually have two: a stock 2014 model in sunburst, which is just the best guitar I’ve ever had—every time I pick it up, I want to play it forever—and a really great one from 1979 that I got recently, which is finished in black. The ’79 has a lot of crackling and checking on the finish, which looks great, and I used the vintage one for most of the tracking this time because it’s very loud, but also very dynamic, which makes it great for fingerpicking.”

Chelsea Wolfe

When asked about her influences, Wolfe cited Jack White, Randy Rhoads, and Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen. Her most effusive praise, however, went to Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.

“[He’s] probably one of my earliest important influences—both vocally and as a guitarist,” she said. “My dad and stepmom had a VHS of a live performance Fleetwood Mac did in 1997 called ‘The Dance,’ and Lindsey did a version of ‘Big Love’ that was just him and his guitar, and the way he plays is so unique and dynamic, and his voice is just so raw, beautiful, and full of emotion. That performance had a really big impact on me as a younger person starting to play music. I actually saw him perform live not that long ago and it was amazing. His solo guitar parts are incredible.”