We ask a famous guitarist all those little questions you really do want the answers to. This month, ex-Procol Harum and solo blues-rock guitar legend, RobIn TRoWeR.
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GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live without?
rt: ernie Ball medium. GT: If you had to give up all your pedals except three, which ones would they be? rt: that would be my Fulltone rtO (my signature overdrive), Fat Boost, and Deja Vibe. GT: Do you play another instrument well enough to do so in a band?
rt: not really. GT: front If ofa musicyou, could chart you were read put it? in
rt: not a note! GT: Do you believe that guitar cables really make a difference? What make are yours? rt: not sure if they do but i use Fulltone cables. GT: Is there anyone’s playing (past or present) that you’re slightly jealous of? rt: i would not say i’m jealous, but i do love the playing of albert King and Jimi hendrix. GT: Your house or studio is burning down: is there one particular guitar you would save? rt: the two latest signature models received from Fender. GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it?
rt: Marshall 1987X GT: What kind of action do you have on your guitars? rt: i use a quite high action but tune down a whole step.
GT: What strings do you use? rt: e Ball 12-15-17-26-36-48 – heavy on the top for better tone. GT: Who was your first influence to play the guitar?
rt: scotty Moore. GT: What was the first guitar you really lusted after?
rt: a strat. GT: What was the single best gig you ever did… rt: Winterland, in san Francisco in 1974 GT: …and your worst playing nightmare?
rt: Playing to an empty room! GT: What’s the most important musical lesson you ever learnt, and can you share it with us? rt: to never try to learn other players’ licks.
GT: Do you still practise?
rt: i try to play every day if i can. GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up routine? rt: i always play for 15-20 minutes before a gig. GT: If you could put together a fantasy band with you in it, who would the other players be? rt: i would have loved to play with James Brown. GT: Is there a solo by another guitar player that you really wish you had played?
rt: crosscut saw by albert King GT: What’s the solo or song of your own of which you’re most proud?
rt: have not recorded that yet. GT: What would you most like to be remembered for?
rt: For being a soulful musician.
Robin Trower: one of our great blues guitarists