James Wilsey posted this on his Facebook page yesterday. Pretty cool!
All of the Stratocasters I used in over 13 years playing with Chris Isaak.
I started with the black one, it’s a 1966 I purchased in Missouri for $200. When we got a record out and started to tour, I got the sunburst 50s made in Fullerton. They never quite matched very well sound wise, the sunburst was always darker sounding.
In 1987 I decided to retire those and go with a matching pair of reissues. I talked to my friends at Fender and had them hold the next two white 62 reissues. I got them to be less concerned about wear and tear (and potential loss) I’d be facing on the road again. And I wanted two that matched better sound wise, and might as well match the color too.
I went down to Fullerton and picked them up in the warehouse, it was a fun day. The guitars were really nice and sounded great. I could not tell them apart. In the studio, I did a A/B test of the new guitars against the old ones. The new ones sounded better by unanimous vote.
I recorded the next album with the new white guitars, “Wicked Game” used one of them, not sure which.
I just got this Wes Montgomery book. Then I was checking out YouTube and found this guy. Impressive!
In this one he discusses his ’59 Tele, goes through some of the settings on his Princeton amp and finally pulls out his signature Custom Shop Telecaster–one of just two done in “semi-orange.” Also shows off some of his favorite chords. Watch!
Two cool links if you’re into Keith Richards. The first is this page, which details most of Keef’s guitars and amps. The second is this thread on TDPRI, where a member details how he sold Keith Richards a black Telecaster Custom in Texas back in 1975. More pics after the jump!
Yes, MORE RHCP! Here is a very cool video with all John Frusciante’s guitar tracks from Blood Sugar Sex Magik Guitar Tracks. And I have the full list of guitars and effects John used for each song after the jump–but it’s mostly Strats and the Boss DS-2.
Nice easy one from Marty.
I mentioned this cool little app in my tinnitus post below, but figured it deserved its own blog. Just costs $.99 and works like a champ. See how loud your playing is, or how loud that club is–good luck keeping it under 85! Check it out at iTunes.
Do you have tinnitus? I do. It made me quit playing the guitar in the late 80s. It’s estimated that 50% of all professional musicians have tinnitus.
I play guitar at very low volume now. A lot of time I play unplugged. Do you know how loud you are? Download this great decibel meter app. Anything above 85 is hurting your ears. Wear ear protection. And encourage your kids to protect their ears–no ear buds!
Join the American Tinnitus Association. It’s a great organization. If you can’t afford to join (it’s only $40 per year) at least like them on Facebook, and you will get lots of cool updates and articles like some of the ones linked below.
Want to learn more about tinnitus? Here’s a great article on ABC.
Read this interview with Dr. Fatima Husain. She’s a total badass and part of a wave of new researchers working every day to find a fix for our condition. She thinks we are ten years from a significant breakthrough. So that is good news.
I will continue to update this post with new links so check back from time to time.
Pete Townshend–tinnitus poster boy:
The Replacements appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night and played the song Alex Chilton from their great Pleased To Meet Me album. I saw them play this song back in 1988 (or ’89?). Looks like they still got it.