Re­vis­it­ing the Six­ties

Guitarist - - Techniques -

tu­tor: Richard Bar­rett | Gear used: Knaggs SSC, Kee­ley Boss SD1, vox aC15 C1

In 2017, we have a wealth of con­tem­po­rary blues artists, as well as pi­o­neers such as Eric Clap­ton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, who pushed the genre far beyond its tra­di­tional bound­aries, cre­at­ing a tem­plate for much of what was to come.We are spoiled for choice and it can some­times be hard to see what the fu­ture holds for blues (or blues-based) gui­tarists. At times like these, it’s useful to think back to an era that still stands as the defin­ing years of solo elec­tric-guitar play­ing – a time when the sound of a Gib­son Les Paul through a cranked valve amp was not so ubiq­ui­tous as it was to be­come in the 1970s and beyond. Be­tween about 1966 and 1970 a suc­ces­sion of blues­based play­ers came to the fore with a new elec­tri­fy­ing sound (but let’s not get into who was the very first here – that dis­tracts from the main point). And their legacy has more than stood the test of time. The ob­ject of this month’s head­lines is to look at driven blues in­flu­enced so­los as if for the first time – putting our­selves in the shoes of Clap­ton, Page, Peter Green etc. Be­fore there were hundreds of pub­li­ca­tions crys­tallis­ing the blues into such spe­cific licks and scales, at this point there was no prece­dent, just a de­sire to ex­pand. There are many choices to­day for those who want a qual­ity hum­bucker-equipped solid body – like the won­der­ful Knaggs SSC I used for this solo – but the late 50s Gib­sons, as played by most of the afore­men­tioned artists, com­mand le­gendary prices not only for the qual­ity of work­man­ship, but their as­so­ci­a­tion with an era which will seem­ingly never die. I’ll raise a glass to that!

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