Big Al Anderson's Rig

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  1. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Meister

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    (this is less about chasing his tone than just nerding out on a great player)

    What did Big Al Anderson use?

    I know that it changed over time, so let's consider what he used over the years/projects.

    does anyone actually KNOW specifics on what he was playing?

    I feel like I've heard he used 9's, brown amps (don't know nothing about them) and telecasters?

    It seems there wasn't much cataloging of NRBQ Gear(and all the associated side projects), or maybe my google fu isn't up to snuff.

    Every time I listen to his solo albums/nrbq I get worked up over his sound!

    It's driven but clean and groovy but sharp and warm but firm and........damn good.

    I find myself laughing out loud at some of his licks/moves, especially when he does really "sloppy" exaggerated slides and bends that feel really tight and and crafted.

    Seems like Fender Style Guitar/Fender Style Amp/Slap Back Delay/and Mojo are the common denominators?





     
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  2. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    "Big" Al isn't so big anymore!...Good for you Al, it means we'll have you makin' music longer. I used to see NRBQ regularly in the 70's early 80's. My recollection was Tele's through Fender amps...maybe a Deluxe, not sure.

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  3. fasteddie42

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    Everytime I listen to NRBQ I think to myself "this is what I want to play!".
     
  4. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    There's a good reason they are known as the Best Bar Band in the World. I saw them once in the 80s at the Bottom Line in NYC. They had lots of famous fans. There was a reserved table stage side that was cordoned off with velvet ropes and stanchions. Sure enough about a minute before "the Q" took the stage in walks a group of 7 or 8 rock and roll looking folks: Keith Richard and friends. Keith really got into the show like the rest of us. God bless 'em we all got our "...mojo workin'" that night right along with "Howard Johnson"!
     
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  5. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I've seen him play mostly Teles, but also a Lester with P90s
     
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  6. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

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    He's playing a Wayne's World Squier in the Get Rhythm clip
     
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  7. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

    I've seen him with a brown Super and a Vibroverb RI.
     
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  8. ndcaster

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    he is such a badass it's ridiculous

    that rhythm with Ardolino and Spampinato was LIT

    they make me crazy, best bar band, bar NONE
     
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  9. ndcaster

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    here he is with a Sadowsky tele



    fun tunes

     
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  10. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Meister

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    omg

    I haven't hear this, loving it!!

    his solo cracked me up!
     
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  11. ndcaster

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    then you'll like this



    Al is hilarious
     
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  12. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Meister

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    it's amazing that three guitars isn't crowding the mix (sorry, I'm a noob).

    that dude's playing really lights a fire in my chest.

    I'm REALLY enjoying "the world famous headliners"

    they have that playful tight but loose feeling.
     
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  14. LoveHz

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    What a great thread -- never a dull moment with Big Al.
     
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  15. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I've been onstage with 6 and 7 guitar players.
    If everybody know how and what to play (and sometimes not play at all), it can sound great.
     
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  16. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Anybody know who the steel player is, here?
     
  17. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

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    He went through a bunch of stuff and he's still changing it up. His GP interview in the '80s stated he used a RI Tele and a Deluxe Reverb. I've also seen him with his brown Tele, paisley Tele, a gold top Les Paul, and towards the end of his stint with NRBQ a low end Strat. I've also seen him play through a Vox AC30 and a Marshall Bluesbreaker. He was fond of Barden pickups soon after he moved to Nashville and was working with Carlene Carter, amongst others.
     
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  18. drlucky

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    IIRC he stated in a Guitar Player article in the early 90's that he used a Wayne's World Squier and a Fender SS amp on the Q's Message For Our Mess Age album, and that the "whole rig didn't cost more than $250 running!"

    Big Al could make ANY geetar/amp rig sound great, IMHO...:D:D:D
     
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  19. drlucky

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    When I saw NRBQ in '92, Big Al was using a Pink Paisley Tele through a brownface Deluxe...killer tone!
     
  20. markfowler54

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    I remember seeing him in the earlier 70s playing a goldtop les paul, but later on - always Teles.
     
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