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Blue Guitars

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albums took me the best part of a year to work through them all a few times and pick out what I liked and was less fussed over.

This tasteful expansionist selection of instruments beautifully complements Chris' baritone through which he expresses pain and sorrow in a powerful fashion. Again it was movement that was pushing the Blues into a new direction, movement upwards North to Chicago in the pursuit of jobs and a new life. With the light string gauge and easy playability high up the fretboard, playing the Bo' Rhap solo was a very joyous experience! Chinery intended the project to be an homage both to D-Aquisto and to the artistry of the archtop guitar.To get all the greatest builders together and have them interpret the same guitar, an 18-inch archtop, in the same color blue that Jimmy had used.

This can result in some very unique sounds, from round humbucker based tones (in phase) through to thinner, almost vocal sounding tones that can help a solo cut through a band mix (out of phase). I’d been given a copy of the Blue Guitar book by a close friend back in the late ‘90s, and it made a lasting impression on me. What I find somewhat interesting is that he achieves this with surprisingly ordinary gear - mostly Strats (Fenders and Squiers), Fender Blues Junior III (a pair of), a TubeScreamer, Boss delay, and Boss chorus. It looks nice in the pictures, but ten times better in person; truly the most beautiful guitar I’ve ever owned.The collection is a tribute to the masterful archtop luthier Jimmy D'Aquisto whose Blue Centura had been the inspiration behind the concept of a group of guitars from the finest builders alive at the time - given free creative reign - aside from some universal specifications - they just had to be blue. It is an ambitious project about blues music with the 137 songs recorded over the course of 18 months with a work schedule—according to Rea himself—of twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Another favourite tone of Brian's combines the neck and middle pickups for a warmer option than bridge and middle; listen to the solo on "Roger's Rocket" (from "Queen 2"). If you can hear something resembling a finger-piano tone in a Motown song, why not use the instrument for real?

The book, slightly smaller than an LP cover, begins after the two pages that hold the first 8 CDs with two large paintings. This whole high-class affair goes by Blue Guitars and is the result of working for 18 months 12 hours a day, seven days a week, of one man and his band. While the basic structures and rhythms of the Blues remained true to the original, still a new generation moved the Blues onwards, banjo style played on electric guitar became the electric "sitar", the sound hit the nerve of the Indy/Hippie generation, instantly recognisable – Tamla Motown. Racism and the KKK made the situation even worse, which reflected in the music, instrumentation gradually changed and the lyrics told stories of fear ("KKK Blues"), aimless wandering ("Walkin' Country Blues"), alcoholism ("Too Much Drinkin'"), but also the flight from prevailing conditions, maybe with another perspective for life and the future in the big cities ("Ticket for Chicago"). These are wired in series (instead of the more common wired in parallel) which means that each pickup turned on increases output volume.Nor did "electric" stop at the guitars – organs, pianos, keyboards, all was going electric, studios started to play around with the new electric sound, the possibilities seemed endless. Some of the best known versions include Fender's Daphne Blue which has been a firm favourite since the 1960s. The Blue Guitar Collection - originally commissioned by the late Scott Chinery in the 1990s - stands as one of the most culturally significant collections of handmade musical instruments in the world.

A premium quality, padded gig-bag, made from durable showerproof material, with twin rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets and stitched BMG logo, is supplied as standard with all Special models. Originally launched in 2001 by Burns, this version of Brian May's Red Special guitar was released in 2006 by Brian May Guitars, a company headed up by Barry Moorhouse of House Music, Pete Malandrone (Brian May's tech) and Brian May himself. Non-personalized content and ads are influenced by things like the content you’re currently viewing and your location (ad serving is based on general location).It was a tremendous change in the way, the Blues could be approached, fine and subtle figures and fine chord structures could suddenly be played, the Blues was rising to previously unbeknown heights: "Now I can play above the bar noise, Man I'm bigger than a crowd" as Rea states in the opener "Electric Guitar", which paraphrases what musicians must have felt after this milestone revolution.



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