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Glen Campbell: Best Player with Weirdest (worst?) Taste in Guitars?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by GoldDeluxe5E3, Apr 22, 2021.

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    He was a masterful musician and great singer. I respect his uniqueness and don’t take issue w his choices of guitars.

    Except Ovations. Those SUCK, and I will die on this hill.
     
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    He was such a good guitarist he was like, "Meh, I can play on any guitar, even these weird ones. Where's the bar?"
     
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    Those are fantastic guitars! Some of us find les pauls incredibly boring. I'd say he was ahead of his time.
     
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    This thread gets me to wondering though.... pre-Hendrix, who was the major Strat player? Was there even a major Strat player from the time they were invented in the 50s to the time Hendrix made them extremely famous? How about the SG? I know Clapton played them a little. But pre-Angus, was there really a major SG player? That leads to the question....if not for one or two “major player” types that made individual models iconic, wouldn’t ALL guitar models be considered “oddball”? Glen Campbell, Johnny Ramone, and Kurt Cobain played Mosrites. Are they terrible guitars, or are they just not as iconic because the guys most known for playing them aren’t as “cool” as the guys most known for playing Strats or some other model?
     
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    Gotta agree!
    Glen played some off-the-beaten-path guitars.
    I was a huge fan when I was a pup.
    He played a nice, blonde ES335 for awhile, in the 1980s.
     
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    The man and his music are the important issue here. What he plays to achieve his art isn't.
     
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    Back in the last century I was fixated on Ovation guitars and finally got one.
    It was many years before I realized my fixation came from my first guitar hero: Glen Campbell.
    I realized this when I found my first guitar music book at the back of a closet: G-r-r-r-r-oovy Guitar Solos by Glen Campbell...with an Ovation on the cover.

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    To answer your question about the Strat, there was Buddy Holly and Dick Dale.
     
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    You must be kidding!
    Buddy Holly, Hank Marvin, Dick Dale, Eldon Shamblin, Ike Turner, Buddy Guy, the list of famous pre-Hendrix Strat players goes on and on...
     
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    Both Joni Mitchell and Adrian Belew have played some amazing guitars over the years, but I never could get used to seeing either of them play a Parker Fly - especially Joni.
     
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    Hank Marvin

    oops, somebody beat me to it
     
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    If you were given his talent if you were allowed to play only his guitars, would you take the deal?
     
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    With regard to the SG, Sister Rosetta Tharpe played a white Les Paul Custom (from before the name was changed to SG). She was enormously influential in her time.
     
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    I gotta agree with the OP for everything BUT those Mosrites are freaking cool alright.
     
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    Well you sent me down a weird youtube rabbit hole searching for "Glenn Campbell plays guitar synthesizer on Johnny Carson" because I could swear he had done that.

    Turns out it was Jim Stafford, and I'm posting the video here because I spent half an hour figuring this out :confused:

     
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    Sister Rosetta is a lost American treasure, some would say. She deserves her place among the earliest founders of rock guitar. Don't believe me? Look in the above video starting at 1:20.

    By the way, this one hell of a good choice of guitar!
     
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    I think you, and others, are missing the point. I never said nobody before Hendrix or Angus ever played a Strat or SG. And yeah, I’ll say that Buddy Holly- or maybe even Dick Dale- were the first famous players to be associated with the Strat. But it took a bonafide international “guitar god” to turn it into an iconic instrument. Same with the SG. Sorry, but 99.9% of humans on earth have never heard of Rosetta Tharpe. She didn’t turn the SG into an iconic guitar. Nor did Hank Marvin with the Strat. Those guitars had Hendrix and Angus to make them iconic. Just like Rickenbacker had the Beatles. Mosrite never had their own Hendrix or Angus. That doesn’t mean they’re crap guitars. That’s my point. And yes, I know that technically, Glen Campbell is as good or better than Hendrix, he’s just not viewed in the same light. All “iconic” guitars are iconic because a small handful of iconic guitarists made them iconic. There are other guitars that are just as good but not as iconic because they didn’t get the same icon treatment from world famous players, that’s the point.
     
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    I love most if not all these guitars. Yeah, some are quirky or bizarre, but they’re also perfectly adequate if not excellent guitars. It seems like he might have preferred guitars with a little character/quirk to the same old thing everyone else plays.
     
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