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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BLACKCAT69, Aug 27, 2007.
Ain't no Love in the Heart of the City.... This sounds great!
Very cool, that's got me propper inspired.
I usually associate Weller with a gibson 335, so it's a nice surprise to see him playing a beautiful Telecaster beautifully.
Does he always sit down to play? That's a very "bluesy" thing to do.
Cool - I like his style - to me a tele is one of the few electrics that look good/appropriate when played sitting down.
At the very beginning it looks like a Tweed Baseman ???? right behind him
So would you guys say that's a 52RI type of sound, or is that more a Nocaster kind of sound? Sounds like a 52RI to me, but then again I've never heard a nocaster!
More of a Paul Weller sound, not actually that different than his ES 335 sound.
Always like it when he stays away from that SG.
Steve White is clearly one of the finest drummers ever.
Thanks for the post, BlackCat; I cranked up my Vibrolux and got this Squier Fat Tele with the 59 Model Seymour Duncan working right, working on some Weller guitar parts, and discovered what a fine pickup this is, and this Fat Tele with the maple neck, who really cares what the parts cost if the sound is there.
blackcat69, thank you for posting!
Paul Weller was a huge inspiration to me, when I first started playing -- it's because of The Jam that I became obsessed with Rickenbackers. I wanted his sound so bad...
So, here I am, many years later, a Tele convert. And apparently, I'm still following in the footsteps of Mr. W!
I don't think it sounds like a 52ri which is wound 7.2 ohms which would rip your head off
it sounds like it a old pickup wound to about 6.0 ohms or less
Very similar to my Don Mare Pickup 4709 or the Nancy Pickup
Weller does not usually sit down. I think it was performed this way for the TV show format.
Having retired his Rickenbackers, Weller's main stage guitars are a 60's Epiphone Casino and an early 70's (I think..) Gibson SG. As of late his Tele's are getting more stage useage though. Other Tele's that he is seen to bust out are a 60's Sonic Blue and a Paisley. Here is an article from around 2000 about his gear. It is dated but he has not changed it much.
I have just found this post, I think the article is from the U.K. magazine Guitar & Bass. Can anyone tell me which issue, as I`d like to get a copy.
It's circa 2000 not sure of the month. Will look in my archives. I probably still have it.
Paul Weller used a Tele in the last year or so of the Jam, I know that he used a sunburst one for some of their more soul/funk inspired numbers onstage.
For someone so influenced by both Wilko Johnson, Pete Townshend and Steve Cropper, I would have thought that Weller would have always had a Tele close to hand;-)
You get a good look at his Tele on this live clip of "Have you made up your mind?"
I remember playing this on my Am Spec Tele and my daughter thought I'd got the 22 Dreams Album playing. It's the best compliment I've had on my playing.
This link went dead, however I believe that it might have been this one.
Paul in a trio format with Steve White, his drummer post Jam era from Style Council through a lion's of his Solo career. I'm not sure who the bassist might be. With regards to the question does he play sitting all the time, the answer is no. Paul usually only plays sitting when in stripped down sessions such as these and usually his playing acoustic in solo, duo, or trio configurations.
Paul Weller recorded this cover on his Heavy Soul EP
I concur with the other replies, and to my knowledge Paul has never used a Gibson ES-335. He retired his semi-acoustic Rickenbackers at the end of the Jam because he got tired of that jangly sound he said off the cuff in one interview. He then introduced his Epiphone Casino semi into arsenal used from the Style Council era and continues to use it currently through his Solo career.
Once last note... Does Paul have at least 3 Tele's in his collection. Yup. Guess which guitar is his favorite.
His Cherry Red 1968 Gibson SG
Here he puts it to rather good use in a tune that I also cover.
That can happen when the OP was made a decade ago!
Understood, but the real reason I posted was that I had landed on this site researching Paul's guitar arsenal, and I just got the arse listening to the daft comments from people that know so little about him. Plus all of the context of the convo is gone without a current link.
I'm seeing him in Brighton this weekend so will check out what he's playing and report back. In recent years it's been a combination of Tele, Casino and SG.
I did manage to see his Rickenbackers in an Exhibition up in Liverpool a few years back though.
The bassist is likely Damon Minchella, he was a regular part of Weller's backing band, along with his Ocean Colour Scene bandmate Steve Cradock. That was Weller's touring band for much of the 90s.
the video is unavailable.
i don't think i've ever seen pics or video of him playing any guitar other than a ric.