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Tony Iommi interview on his gear and recording

https://www.musicradar.com/news/tony-iommi-black-sabbath-interview

Tony Iommi on Laney amps they built him for the last Sabbath tour

 

 

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Posted : October 3, 2022 4:42 am
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These funky Japanese guitars from the 1960/70s are commanding big money now

https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/dollar50-pawnshop-guitar-not-anymore-this-60s-teisco-del-ray-et-460-commands-a-four-figure-sum-on-the-vintage-market

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 11:08 am
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@bill_graham I love Tony's black SG. Never heard of Laney amps and that brand of Japanese guitars. Said for people who can't afford a Gibson or Fender. 

Here is Jack Pearson with a guitar he claimed cost him $100.00. It's A Squire by Fender Stratocaster made in Singapore. The big music store here has some Squires but don't recommend them unless it's a teenager who thinks he wants to learn how to play. The do recommend the discount Gibson brand Epiphone. 

Jack says he got this out of Singapore for $100.00. I think he changed the pots and the selector switch but did nothing to the neck. 

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 11:39 am
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Friend in Vermont who is a decent guitar player sent me this. Said the tone is crazy good. Guess I have to agree. Nice clean tone and advanced technique. 

 
Posted : October 4, 2022 12:19 pm
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I didn't know Johnson could sing!! And pretty good! 

 
Posted : October 4, 2022 8:10 pm
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Joe Bonamssa's most used effects pedal

https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/joe-bonamassa-reveals-his-most-used-effects-pedal-of-all-time

 
Posted : October 4, 2022 10:52 pm
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Very interesting. Joe is a great player and a avid and compassionate collector. Occasionally gives a real good guitar to a young beginner who shows promise. 

I run into a few people here and there who pan Joe. Claiming he doesn't have his own style and wears his influences on his sleeve. Don't think I agree. 

Look at this! Joe can play the blues as well as anybody! Anyone disagree? 

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Posted : October 5, 2022 12:18 pm
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@robertdee Yeah I also have had other music fans diss Joe but all of my guitar heroes show their influences. Guitarist from the 1960/ 70's all acknowledged stealing licks from the old blues players.

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Posted : October 5, 2022 4:39 pm
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@bill_graham That is true. Derek Trucks recently sited Elmore James, Duane Allman, horn players and eastern music as his influences. 

Dickey said some years ago Duane on slide was influenced by Jesse Ed Davis, Elmore James and harmonica players. The late Jesse Ed Davis was influenced by Elmore James plus other blues players. 

Here he is!! ( Jesse played a Telecaster and Duane did it with a Les Paul but similar styles)

 

 

 

 

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Posted : October 5, 2022 5:33 pm
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@bill_graham Derek Trucks talking about listening to horn players these days instead of guitarists for inspiration. 

Here is SLIDE HORN...With a nice vibrato! 

 
Posted : October 5, 2022 6:00 pm
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Great organ solo from Reese!! Here is another guitar solo that is so good that's it's perfect. There isn't anything another guitarist could do to make it any better. Nothing at all! 

 

Albert and B.B. cried when they heard SRV died. Albert King said he was like a son to me. 

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 11:33 am
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@robertdee I don't "diss" Joe.  I think he's a fine player - in interviews, he seems like a genuine and likeable person.  I haven't heard everything that he's done, but I saw him twice before he became a "big deal".  Again - haven't heard all of his stuff, but I haven't heard him break any new ground yet - as Hendrix, Van Halen and other guitar trail blazers did.  He's a great player - no doubt.

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 3:20 pm
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@rusty

I agree. Bonamassa is a good player but I never found him very compelling either. I don't believe he steals licks as much as he is paying tribute. I think that's his intent - he's trying to keep classic electric blues music and blues-based rock music alive (his record label is literally called Keeping the Blues Alive Records). He's the Michael Bublé of the blues - nothing new, but if you want to hear that music live, he can play it well enough.

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Posted : October 6, 2022 3:45 pm
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@porkchopbob Here are Joe, Reese and Sam Moore with a nod to SRV. Reese played with SVR and Joe is very capable of doing a good guitar tip of the hat. 

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 5:16 pm
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@rusty

I agree. Bonamassa is a good player but I never found him very compelling either. I don't believe he steals licks as much as he is paying tribute. I think that's his intent - he's trying to keep classic electric blues music and blues-based rock music alive (his record label is literally called Keeping the Blues Alive Records). He's the Michael Bublé of the blues - nothing new, but if you want to hear that music live, he can play it well enough.

Sure but it is not like Gov't Mule or TTB are breaking new ground either and I am a huge Mule and Haynes fan. Artists like Hendrix, Van Halen, etc are rare breeds so there are not many who can claim to change music like they did.

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 5:23 pm
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@robertdee

Sam Moore still a champ. Otherwise, for me that just droned on and on.

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Posted : October 6, 2022 5:26 pm
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@porkchopbob Joe and two other guitarists. All 3 have big chops but not breaking any new ground I suppose. Yes Sam Moore is in the big leagues. 

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 5:39 pm
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@rusty

I agree. Bonamassa is a good player but I never found him very compelling either. I don't believe he steals licks as much as he is paying tribute. I think that's his intent - he's trying to keep classic electric blues music and blues-based rock music alive (his record label is literally called Keeping the Blues Alive Records). He's the Michael Bublé of the blues - nothing new, but if you want to hear that music live, he can play it well enough.

Sure but it is not like Gov't Mule or TTB are breaking new ground either and I am a huge Mule and Haynes fan. Artists like Hendrix, Van Halen, etc are rare breeds so there are not many who can claim to change music like they did.

Derek is breaking new ground as a guitarist more than any other guitarist of the past 20-30 years. I can hear young guitarists who grew up with him imitating him, just like kids in the 70s and 80s did to Van Halen. TTB may do covers, but they are also paving their own way with their own sound. Warren may do tributes to music he loves (and put his own spin on it), but he's a respected song-writer.

Bonamassa is a talented guitarist and successful with lots of fans, but he's not trying to bring anything new to the table. Nothing wrong with that, it's not a judgement on him, it's just not my jam.

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Posted : October 6, 2022 5:39 pm
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@bill_graham The Allman Brothers Band broke new ground. Nobody sounded like them. I remember all the stellar and glowing reviews At Fillmore East got and that was part of it. It was not like anything before. 

I guess Cream was breaking new ground. Of course in the early 1960's the Beatles and Stones were. B. B. King and Pink Floyd are others. 

Really it's a hard thing to do. SRV brought the blues back and had a different take on it. 

It's almost as the musicians who can break new ground are inventing a new style. 

It is very hard now that I think about it to do what Chuck Berry or Hendrix or Pink Floyd did. It doesn't really sound like anything that's come before. 

The ABB did their own take on some blues covers and made them their own in a way. One Way Out, Trouble No More were Allmanized. Gregg's original songs were Allmanized and sometimes he didn't like it. But while Duane was around apparently he didn't complain. 

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 5:55 pm
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@porkchopbob I don't know. These latest albums by TTB is breaking new ground to me. Best new music I've run across in years. 

There are a number of great newer guitar players out there with incredible chops and tone but I think you're right about Derek. He is about the only one who is doing some things and you can't sense an influence. You don't  go "oh I know where he got that!! Those are so and so's licks." No it's something that sprang from Derek. Same with Hendrix. I remember in 1968 guitar players I knew were shaking their heads. "I've never heard anybody play like that before". 

Derek may never be as famous as players like Clapton, B. B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmore or Duane Allman. I think it may be the times. It's hard to become a guitar sensation now. It was easier in the 1960's and 1970's. 

Warren mentioned a year or so ago how much harder it is to sell a lot records. He said on average if an artist or band usually sold 500,000 copies, no it's 50,000. On average you shave a zero off of the total. 

 

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 6:13 pm
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@rusty

I agree. Bonamassa is a good player but I never found him very compelling either. I don't believe he steals licks as much as he is paying tribute. I think that's his intent - he's trying to keep classic electric blues music and blues-based rock music alive (his record label is literally called Keeping the Blues Alive Records). He's the Michael Bublé of the blues - nothing new, but if you want to hear that music live, he can play it well enough.

Sure but it is not like Gov't Mule or TTB are breaking new ground either and I am a huge Mule and Haynes fan. Artists like Hendrix, Van Halen, etc are rare breeds so there are not many who can claim to change music like they did.

Derek is breaking new ground as a guitarist more than any other guitarist of the past 20-30 years. I can hear young guitarists who grew up with him imitating him, just like kids in the 70s and 80s did to Van Halen. TTB may do covers, but they are also paving their own way with their own sound. Warren may do tributes to music he loves (and put his own spin on it), but he's a respected song-writer.

Bonamassa is a talented guitarist and successful with lots of fans, but he's not trying to bring anything new to the table. Nothing wrong with that, it's not a judgement on him, it's just not my jam.

We will have to agree to disagree as I don't see anything innovative about the music Derek is making. It has been done before. He is a phenomenal guitar player but his playing and  music is not breaking new ground like Hendrix of Van Halen did IMHO.

Same with Warren and the Mule. He is my favorite guitar player currently and the Mule is my favorite band still touring and making new music but I would not call them innovative.

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 7:30 pm
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@bill_graham The Allman Brothers Band broke new ground. Nobody sounded like them. I remember all the stellar and glowing reviews At Fillmore East got and that was part of it. It was not like anything before. 

I guess Cream was breaking new ground. Of course in the early 1960's the Beatles and Stones were. B. B. King and Pink Floyd are others. 

Really it's a hard thing to do. SRV brought the blues back and had a different take on it. 

It's almost as the musicians who can break new ground are inventing a new style. 

It is very hard now that I think about it to do what Chuck Berry or Hendrix or Pink Floyd did. It doesn't really sound like anything that's come before. 

The ABB did their own take on some blues covers and made them their own in a way. One Way Out, Trouble No More were Allmanized. Gregg's original songs were Allmanized and sometimes he didn't like it. But while Duane was around apparently he didn't complain. 

I agree with the ABB breaking new ground but Derek Trucks and TTB not so much.

I agree they make good music but it does not make me say "Wow that is something I never heard before" like ABB, Hendrix or Van Halen did. But to each their own and YMMV.

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Posted : October 6, 2022 7:41 pm
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Derek is breaking new ground as a guitarist more than any other guitarist of the past 20-30 years. I can hear young guitarists who grew up with him imitating him, just like kids in the 70s and 80s did to Van Halen. TTB may do covers, but they are also paving their own way with their own sound.

We will have to agree to disagree as I don't see anything innovative about the music Derek is making. It has been done before. He is a phenomenal guitar player but his playing and  music is not breaking new ground like Hendrix of Van Halen did IMHO.

Same with Warren and the Mule. He is my favorite guitar player currently and the Mule is my favorite band still touring and making new music but I would not call them innovative.

Well, I never said TTB's or Mule's music is "innovative" - they are both throwbacks of sorts playing in the same sand box that was built before they stepped on stage. But there's no denying they are both creating something that is their own in that sand box. They even manage to put their own spin on the covers they perform.

What I did write is in regard to Derek's guitar playing - it is very innovative. His playing is unique and instantly recognizable (Warren's playing recognizable, though I wouldn't call it "innovative"). I've heard a number of young guitarists the past 10 years who incorporate Derek-style playing, it's a thing now.

Bonamassa, on the other hand, is a bit of a chameleon, he's clearly done his homework. Not everyone has to be an innovator, some players just want to play the music they grew up on and that's ok. I'm not knocking him for not re-inventing the wheel. But there's a lot of guys out there playing blues rock guitar over the past 40-50 years, that mountain was summited long ago. For me, I just don't hear anything unique in Joe Bonamassa guitar playing and covers - he can sound like SRV when he plays a Strat or Freddie King when he plays a Gibson, whereas Dickey Betts sounds like Dickey on whatever guitar he played. That's fine, and a product of his approach to keeping that music alive. He's as good as anyone playing blues rock right now. It just doesn't grab my ear, I feel like it's been done. So where Bonamassa is trying to recreate, TTB infuses their covers with their own sound. TTB's sound might be heavily influenced by what came before it, but it sounds more fresh to me.

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Posted : October 6, 2022 8:28 pm
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Derek is breaking new ground as a guitarist more than any other guitarist of the past 20-30 years. I can hear young guitarists who grew up with him imitating him, just like kids in the 70s and 80s did to Van Halen. TTB may do covers, but they are also paving their own way with their own sound.

We will have to agree to disagree as I don't see anything innovative about the music Derek is making. It has been done before. He is a phenomenal guitar player but his playing and  music is not breaking new ground like Hendrix of Van Halen did IMHO.

Same with Warren and the Mule. He is my favorite guitar player currently and the Mule is my favorite band still touring and making new music but I would not call them innovative.

Well, I never said TTB's or Mule's music is "innovative" - they are both throwbacks of sorts playing in the same sand box that was built before they stepped on stage. But there's no denying they are both creating something that is their own in that sand box. They even manage to put their own spin on the covers they perform.

What I did write is in regard to Derek's guitar playing - it is very innovative. His playing is unique and instantly recognizable (Warren's playing recognizable, though I wouldn't call it "innovative"). I've heard a number of young guitarists the past 10 years who incorporate Derek-style playing, it's a thing now.

Bonamassa, on the other hand, is a bit of a chameleon, he's clearly done his homework. Not everyone has to be an innovator, some players just want to play the music they grew up on and that's ok. I'm not knocking him for not re-inventing the wheel. But there's a lot of guys out there playing blues rock guitar over the past 40-50 years, that mountain was summited long ago. For me, I just don't hear anything unique in Joe Bonamassa guitar playing and covers - he can sound like SRV when he plays a Strat or Freddie King when he plays a Gibson, whereas Dickey Betts sounds like Dickey on whatever guitar he played. That's fine, and a product of his approach to keeping that music alive. He's as good as anyone playing blues rock right now. It just doesn't grab my ear, I feel like it's been done. So where Bonamassa is trying to recreate, TTB infuses their covers with their own sound. TTB's sound might be heavily influenced by what came before it, but it sounds more fresh to me.

Fair enough PCB

 
Posted : October 6, 2022 9:28 pm
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Jack Bruce interview, Clapton was better than Hendrix

https://www.guitarworld.com/features/jack-bruce-classic-interview

 
Posted : October 8, 2022 6:07 pm
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@bill_graham I think that there were (are) a number of guitarists who were FUNDAMENTALLY better players than Hendrix.  Steve Howe immediately comes to my mind.  Howe has commented that he specifically did not follow Hendrix or Clapton because he wanted to avoid being influenced by them.  His band at the time (Tomorrow) opened for both.

Jack Bruce was a phenomenal musician - period.  He was a true composer compared to most players of his time.  I accept his comment on Clapton being a better all around guitar player.  Hendrix - historically just reinvented the way that the guitar could be played.  I mean no disrespect at all when I opine that in addition to being a great guitar player that he added a lot of flash and style that didn't exist anywhere else at the time.  He made bold comments about his own playing ("you'll never listen to surf music again ...").  There have been some amazing surf player since Jimi came and went.  Who cares who's better?  As Dickey said, "it ain't a contest".

 
Posted : October 9, 2022 3:26 pm
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@bill_graham Well you've seen the video where Jack Bruce tells the story about the night Hendrix sat in with Cream and Clapton finally left the stage. When the set ended and they all went back stage, he said Clapton was shaking so much he struggled to light a cigarette then yelled at their manager " Why didn't you tell me he was that good?". 

This guy is almost in porn territory talking about how good and uncopyable Jeff Beck is!!! 

 
Posted : October 9, 2022 4:29 pm
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A tweed deluxe is a good fit! 

https://youtube.com/shorts/w_GKQHFBDEw?feature=share

 
Posted : October 10, 2022 9:53 am
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Edgar Winter's tribute to his brother Johnny

https://www.goldminemag.com/interviews/edgar-winter-talks-about-tribute-record-to-his-late-brother-johnny-and-more

 
Posted : October 10, 2022 10:10 pm
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Fender Twin Reverb

https://www.premierguitar.com/diy/silver-black/classic-fender-twin

 
Posted : October 10, 2022 10:14 pm
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