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John 5

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Telepathist, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Telepathist

    Telepathist Tele-Afflicted

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    There is a discussion on another forum questioning whether the Tele was only for playing Country music. Made me think of John 5. Any John 5 fans out there? He's quite the Tele fanatic!

    http://youtu.be/OhnUtEGg58k
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  2. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    He's got a John 5 style tele done up in Buck Owens RWB. Nice.
     
  3. Telepathist

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    My step-son, who plays metal, talked me into taking up the guitar. I really had no clue what guitar to get and he recommended a Tele. I now know why after seeing John 5.

    I think my step-son wants to inherit mine. :)
     
  4. Williams

    Williams Tele-Meister

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    John 5 is a good player, but to me he lacks the one component that makes a good player into a great player -- feel and emotion.
    Do love his Tele collection though:)
     
  5. Telepathist

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    That's a great point. My music mentor (an 84 years young accordion player) always stresses getting the "feeling" in the music.
     
  6. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    He's a great versatile player. I'd love to jam with him for a few hours. John if you're out there message me dude I'm down for a jam anytime.
     
  7. CodeBlue

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    Love that guy, he can play pretty much any style well.
    It proves the old adage that people listen with their eyes more than their ears.
     
  8. Badabing

    Badabing Friend of Leo's

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    If you hear John5 play live I'm not sure how one could say that he lacked feel and emotion.
    just my 2cents
     
  9. xjbebop

    xjbebop Tele-Meister

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    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/squier-tele-forum/439056-golden-tele.html

    Strange but interesting guy. Extremely talented and dedicated.
    Seems to be quite introverted, yet polite and proper, and yet seems to have a hidden 'dark side'.
    That boy sure can play!

    As for the squier, it still amazes me with how well those buckers go from scream to clean....:cool:
     
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  10. JohnSS

    JohnSS Tele-Meister

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    Amazing player; very versatile studio guy when he was John Lowery. Teles are/were played by quite a few non country artists, Here are a few:

    Keith Richards
    Chrissie Hynde
    Pete Townshend
    Stephen Stills
    Prince
    Cornell Dupree
    Steve Cropper
    Wilko Johnson
    Mick Green
    Mike Bloomfield
    Bruce Springsteen
    Jimmy Page
    Jeff Beck
    Albert Collins
    Susan Tedeschi
    Danny Gatton
    Roy Buchanan
    Johnny Lang
    Tab Benoit
     
  11. sax4blues

    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

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    I usually understand "feel and emotion" in the context of a guitar forum as only playing 1/8 notes with liberal use of sustained bends. In my life in general I have experiences which are fast, on edge, a rush, which I associate with emotion and feel. Like snow skiing down a black diamond run which requires a lot of feel, touch, in the moment, and that run can be emotional for me.

    So is fast playing on the edge never emotional or with feel? Is bluesy crying the only emotion? Carlos Santana plays some very uptempo music and I would be surprised if he was generally described as lacking feel and emotion.
     
  12. nasonm

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    I used to have Fender MIM john 5 tele and if I could one for a decent price again, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Yeah, they're weird but they play really nice!
     
  13. tschommer

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    The problem with guys like John 5 is that for some people their only exposure to them is YouTube videos where the artist is basically demoing certain types of gear or even a specific playing technique, that they are trying to show the viewers. So the viewers are not really getting a chance to view the player creating art, they are essentially just showing off, so it's not really an indication of how they would sound on a CD or live.
     
  14. Sideways Jaye

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    Oh please. That is completely subjective. I'm not into metal *at* *all,* but John is humble, funny, a guitar playin' fool who never wants to put it down. He's a killer chicken-picker and I think he'll have a long and illustrious career that will go in different directions than what he's known for a the moment.

    I just don't see any basis for your statement, whatsoever.
     
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    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'm a fan, I've seen him live with Rob Zombie. Rob's a big, imposing figure on stage, and he can really whip up an audience. John5, who's probably 140 pounds tops, has no problem holding the crowd's attention when he's soloing. No emotion? Bah!
     
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    A monkey juggling flaming torches could hold an audiences attention. Doesn't mean it's music to many people either. I don't get shredders. So he can play really really fast. Steve Vai does the same. In silly clothes.

    Dull and repetitive, the pair of them.
     
  17. lewis

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    I like J5. Very talented.
     
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    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    He always struck me as annoying. "Stephanie, Re-assemble!!" Like a weaponized Jar Jar Binks... Arrrhhg
     

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  19. Boubou

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    How is this for a metal shredder?

    I just love his acoustic stuff, especially on his "god told me to" album.
    I am not into metal and shred, but once in a while....
     
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    Boubou Doctor of Teleocity

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    I did not know you could play country music on a Tele :eek:
    Learn something new everyday ;)
     
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