TAMING THE 175

Steve ex­plains how a bit of TLC helped him make the most of the gui­tar that be­came his main ally

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“Other guys were play­ing a Tele or a 335 and I come out with a 175 – peo­ple thought, ‘This isn’t gonna work…’but I made it work.The de­mys­ti­fi­ca­tion might be just about where you set your bass level on your amp be­cause if you’ve got that too high this gui­tar is go­ing to give you all the trou­ble it’s known for.The L-5 fed back on the Tales

From To­po­graphic Oceans re­hearsals far too much even with the bass off. So I be­came very pos­ses­sive, I al­ways looked af­ter it my­self, I didn’t let other peo­ple do it. It was only years later when Yes were mas­sive and we were do­ing huge shows with Roger Dean stages that, for a while, I let my tech do it. I used to do my own gui­tars, even right through the 70s I’d re­string them and tune them; I’d have 10 gui­tars and I’d do that ev­ery day. I wouldn’t re­string all of them, but the 175 was al­ways re­strung, ev­ery day. So ba­si­cally I was a bit of a lu­natic! I’ve cre­ated a cer­tain aura around it which I con­tinue and it’s quite plea­sur­able; if you love some­thing, you should nur­ture it.”

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