Gaz Coombes

English Singer / Songwriter Gaz Coombes who is probably best know as the frontman and guitarist of the alt-rock band and brit-pop heavyweights Supergrass.

He has also had an illustrious career with The Hotrats and his notable solo work. Kicking off his career in music at 16 as the lead singer of The Jennifers they signed to Suede’s record label Nude but fell apart after releasing one single “Just Got Back Today’ in 1993. Later that year Gaz Coombes formed Supergrass.

Supergrass’ first single “Caught by the Fuzz” saw them speedily rise to fame with their debut album “I Should Coco” arriving in the summer of 1995 and at the height of Brit-Pop. With the help of their monster hit “Alright”, “I Should Coco” went on to become one of the biggest records of the year. Their follow up album “In it for the Money” in 1997 saw their recognition spread across the globe but in a similar vein to many other great UK bands they never managed to break the US despite bands like Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam being vocal fans of Supergrass.

Releasing four more albums between 1999 and 2008 Supergrass disbanded after abandoning their seventh release “Released the Drones” in 2009. Gaz released an album of re-worked cover songs under the monicker The Hotrats with Supergrass bandmate Danny Goffey in 2010 and following this started work on his solo project “Here Comes the Bombs” which Gaz self-recorded. The album dropped in 2012 and was very well received by the music press.

Gaz Coombes uses the Farida J-10CE in a natural ‘open pore’ finish which allows the jumbo sized J-10CE to ‘breathe’ without using a thick layer of gloss which in some cases can dampen the instrument’s natural sound. The J-10CE features a solid sitka spruce top with mahogany back/sides and is home to a Fishman Sonitone pre-amp.