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John Fogerty's electrics on the CCR records: How much was Ric 325? How much was the Black Beauty?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Skully

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    CCR was from El Cerrito, a blue collar town in Contra Costa County next door to Berkeley. It's probably not so blue collar anymore. I use to go there a lot back in the mid '80s when I had a girlfriend 11 years my senior who grew up there. The Golliwogs (pre-CCR, same lineup) used to play her junior high. CCR played my the senior ball of my high school in the East Bay right before they broke big with "Suzie Q" in 1968, but it was more than a decade and a half prior to my senior ball, and the Fogerty's mom taught at a local elementary school that fed into my junior high school and high school.
     
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    I hear ya. However...when I was in the USMC I was stationed at the Naval Weapons Station in Concord. We used to go to Boggs Mountain State Park to do some annual field training (we were too far from Camp Pendleton and Fort Ord was closing down). Anyway, let me tell you, there are some legitimate hillbillies in northern California. I went to college in rural Tennessee and I honestly thought I was back there.
    Oh, heck yeah. They were beyond great.
     
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    I thought for sure he did play one for a while, but i could be mistaken for sure. I guess I never followed him much but picked up on that back in the day from seeing him and never knew any different!
     
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    And don't forget the too short coil cord for reduced Capacitance...
     
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    According to an interview with Vintage Guitar, he used the Rickie on all standard tuned songs and his Les Paul on all dropped D songs, that was because of the longer scale length of the Gibson taking the slack of the detuned strings better, the Rickie tended to sound sloppy with the dropped D tuning.

    So songs like "Suzy Q" is the Rickenbacker and songs like "Bad moon rising" that's the Gibson.
     
  6. Bruxist

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    Same here. :)
     
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    I think he started with an ES-175 that was stolen, then the Custom, then the Ric.

    I watched a recent-ish concert of his on Palladium a few years ago and he played a bunch of varied guitars, including what looked like an EBMM Wolfgang and a red strat.

    His plaid Les Paul Custom is pretty slick, I have to say.

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    I remember seeing a performance of him on TV and he brought out THIS guitar and I went "WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!"

    It's brilliant though!
     
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    Its a little rougher than blue collar today, unless you're up in the hills

    Source: I grew up in Vallejo and lived there until 2003. My parents still live there and my brother is a police officer in San Pablo
     
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    I taught myself to play guitar by playing along to my Creedence albums. And while there are other guitarists I probably enjoy more, Fogerty remains the strongest influence on my playing.
     
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    To quote John Lennon on Creedence, “they make beautiful clearwater music “.
     
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    I took this when I saw him a couple of years ago.

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    The man's the complete package; singing, song writing and guitar playing.
     
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    I saw them in '69..... the Rick and that hideous Kustom
     
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    Don't know about the recordings but I saw him here back in 1973 when CCR were only three (pity).
    He used a Black lawsuit Les Paul that we all had, I think they were Ibanez, all night! Only used the Gibson Black Beauty,
    in the encore which was only one song, Proud Mary, guitar tuned in D. He struggled with the guitar solo in that song.
    I know because our seats were front row and I could see the scars of his acne. Top show.
     
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    The old man down the road...man, I hate seeing great artists become caricatures of themselves.

    :(
     
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    I think he just played the Louisville Slugger guitar when he performed “Centerfield” live.
    It was made by the late Philip Kubicki.
    Philip Kubicki is worth wiki-ing.
     
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