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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by mudshark, Jan 28, 2020.
Eldon’s the Freddie Green of Western Swing.
THAT's the guitar I saw at Museum of Musical Inst in Phoenix last summer!!!
The vid is even better than just seeing it hung on a wall.
Peace - Deeve
Rhythm guitar genius.
Definitely one of the great ones.
Any current gold in the Fender line up similar to this? His looks almost like some old gold top LPs where they’ve aged to a greenish hue in spots. Very nice
Great playing on a beautifully worn and tarnished gold Strat. BTW, what's with that white back? Looks like Danelectro tape on the side, anyone know more about this guitar?
I believe that is Stratocaster Number 1 that he played.
His playing on the Merle Haggard Tribute to Bob Wills album is a textbook on western swing playing.
The “Daddy” of all the western swing players, IMO.
You can sure learn a lot listening to Eldon Shamblin!
AO 50s in Aztec Gold. Lovely guitar! The it's up to you to add the wear&tear!
Joe Bonamassa owns his Strat you can watch him show it off on YouTube. He actually took it to the Texas ballroom that the Playboys used to play and played it live there for one show.
Also most people don't know Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan's Dad and Mom were great friends with the Texas Playboys and would have 45 parties where they would show up and play music. Also they showed Jimmie some things about music and guitar, kind of a cool tie in. If you notice Jimmie's new Custom Shop Signature Strats have one in Aztec gold, which he has been playing live a lot lately. No doubt a tribute to Eldon with the color choice.
The guitar finish is not the only thing that's golden in that clip. Eldon is about as cool as it gets. Thanks for posting.
When I was a kid, I played rhythm guitar for my fiddle playing Dad at countless Texas Old Time Fiddlers contests.
Dad would often place in the top 3, and I would often place in the accompanist’s contests.
All of the older masters of the style, like the late “Wild” Bill Lyle and Buddy Weeks were brilliant rhythm guitarists.
They all cited Eldon as the man to listen to, and learn from.
I paid attention, and I learned, if not mastered the style.
It’s fun to do.
It’s sorta like playing bass lines with chords.
Eldon led the way!
Great thread @mudshark and terrific piece of video. I'm really fascinated by his right hand playin'. Soooo relaxed and accurate as a metronome. He makes it look so easy!
Accompanying fiddle players is a great way to learn country.
Eldon indeed played bass lines, but they are brilliantly conceived, and his harmonic interpretations of chord changes are really great, very inventive.
Plus he swung. Hard!
I got to spend about a half hour with eldon at a steel guitar convention in the late 80's. He was very kind and patient and let me play the guitar. His advice for a young guitarist was to start a TV repair business to create regular income! The white back is a Parker Bodyguard, a plastic condom of sorts for the back of the guitar. They were available for many different Fender models.
Bill, I'll bet you know my friend and bandmate, Larry Franklin. He also came up in that world.
This is not only a great peek into the art of one of the greats, but also living document of the music and sounds Leo had in mind when he was at the drawing board for the strat (as for the tele). Not Jimi, not Eric, not Buddy Holly, not Buddy Guy or Otis Rush or Pee Wee Crayton, surely not Dick Dale… rather the likes of Eldon and Bill Carson!
From this vid you can see he’s been at it, hard, all his life. If you look at much much earlier footage he already had it all figured out by when he was young, so when you see him here it’s just second nature. He doesn’t think what inversion or substitution next. He does not think what rhythmic pattern, or arpeggio, or broken chord figure he’s gonna use. He knows every nook and cranny of that blues and just flows.
That kind of freedom is hard won and few ever achieve it!
my former father in law used to hire Eldon to come to the college he taught at (southeastern ok state... go savage storm) to tune the pianos... when I found that out... I was astonished and hopeful I could time a visit when he was coming!