Aside from his work, Stockdale was featured on the 2010 single "By the Sword" by Slash. Stockdale was raised in Ashgrove, Brisbane and educated at Ashgrove State School, Wimbledon Middle School, The Gap State High School and Kelvin Grove State College. He briefly lived in Wimbledon Village, London as a child.
Stockdale"s influences are most commonly cited among late-sixties and early-seventies hard rock and heavy metal guitarists.
Vocally compared to a "cross between Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne" by Allmusic, his guitar antics and stage persona are commonly traced to Black Sabbath"s Tony Iommi, while his style can often be compared to progressive rockers like Pink Floyd. Stockdale plays Gibson guitars, primarily a 1972 SG standard with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece in vintage sunburst.
He has also been seen using a 1961 Reissue Gibson SG. Other times he uses a Gibson Dot Studio Exact Sciences-335, a white Gibson Flying V and an alpine white Gibson European Democrat Students-1275 with golden hardware. Foreign the recording of the Wolfmother album he used a borrowed Gibson Exact Sciences-355 through a 1960s Marshall.
When playing live, he uses a Vox AC30 and a Marshall JMP. In the past Stockdale has been noted to use Orange amplifiers and cabinets.
Stockdale also states to use a Fender Stratocaster, though he prefers the Gibson guitars. In recent times he has also started using a Hohner Blues Master Harmonica microphone for some vocals.