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I learned to love the sound of guitars early in life.
By the time I was five my parents’ taste for guitar music by the likes of Tom And Jerry, The Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins had me hooked, but my true enchantment with the sound of an electric guitar really began in 1958 when I first heard the fat, tubular and twangy sounds of Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser”.
To this day I still like the old Gretsch sound just as Chet Atkins and George Harrison did. Did you know that Duane’s signature reverb sound was created in a big water storage tank? The studio he recorded in didn’t have reverb, and neither did Duane’s amp!
The First True Guitar Band (according to us)
Well, along came the Beatles who – to my mind – were the first true guitar band, and then it was all Hofner and Vox and Fender and I was in love with electric guitars! One of my favorites – stylistically speaking, as I didn’t get to play one for decades – was the classic Rickenbacker, liked the 330JG or the 370 12-string. Rickenbacker, originally National Guitar, produced the “Frying Pan”, in 1932, which the first solid-body electric guitar.
And now here we are in the 21st century and the number and styles of electric guitars is just staggering! So keep coming back as we delve into that amazing variety and maybe show you something you’ve never seen before.
Check out this amazing electric guitar solo by Gary Moore. It’s a cover of the original by Roy Buchanan, recorded in Montreux Switzerland at the 1990 Jazz Festival.
The Messiah Will Come Again
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