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houndman55

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Hey,

 

Can you please list as many rock guitarists who have used Gibson archtops partially or in whole in their band or solo career. Thinking stuff like L5 CES, ES 5 Switchmaster, ES 330, ES 175 and Super 400. I believe than I can learn more about the nature of these type of instruments and appriciate them more if I can get a good idea of their potential tones and stuff. I'm so tired of only hearing jazz guys playing them so I'd figure I'd reach out to you for a change of taste.

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Well, two from my era that immediately come to mind are:

 

Ted Nugent - Byrdland

Steve Howe (Yes) - ES-175

 

I also believe the earliest Chuck Berry stuff was played on an ES-150, or something of that style.

 

Scotty Moore from Elvis' original band was well known for playing fat Gibson archtops, especially an ES-295 and an L-5.

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Well, two from my era that immediately come to mind are:

 

Ted Nugent - Byrdland

Steve Howe (Yes) - ES-175

 

I also believe the earliest Chuck Berry stuff was played on an ES-150, or something of that style.

 

Scotty Moore from Elvis' original band was well known for playing fat Gibson archtops, especially an ES-295 and an L-5.

 

Merle Travis used a Super 400 with flashy decortations

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Izzy Stradlin - ES 175 (with Guns N' Roses) & Byrdland (seen in Shuffle It All video from Ju Ju Hounds album)

 

Rick Richards from Georgia Satellites used one with Izzy on 117 degrees album but I can't remember if it was a Byrdland or L5

 

Frank Zappa - ES 5

 

Jimmy Page - ES 350 w/ Led Zep at the O2 reunion gig

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ES330s are all over the place in indie and alternative rock. First time I saw Jesus and Mary Chain William Reed was using a 330 for all manner of feedback related nastiness. Elliott Smith played 330s, Daniel Kessler from Interpol has a couple, Bernard Butler has a lovely black 330 that often comes out for gigs. Throw in the Kalamazoo made Epiphone Casino and you can add Paul Weller and a few others to the list, not least the Beatles.

 

I saw a great TV concert of Chuck Berry the other week where he was playing a 330. A couple of songs in he reached over to the amp and dialed the volume all the way up. That thing sounded amazing.

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Don't like resurrecting zombie threads, but I can't let this go without mentioning Terry Haggerty on the first Sons of Champlin album. He rips it up on a Super 400 (check out the solo on 'Freedom').

 

Also check out Jerry Miller on the early Moby Grape LPs with his ES-175 ('Hey Grandma").

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For the sound of an ES -5 Switchmaster in rock, check Steve Howe on the Fragile album, which is all played on Switchmaster except for the final track, which is his trademark ES 175.

 

Roundabout, South Side of the Sky and Long Distance Runaround all perfectly demonstrate that "all pickups on" sound, unique to the ES-5.

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