Robben Ford called the Telecaster - "The Ugliest Musical Instrument"

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  1. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

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    Such a great vid, love the tones and playing. Of course, 2 out of 3 of my electrics are Les Paul and Tele (with a Fender amp)... I'm a bit biased! I guess Robben meant it's a workhorse guitar that isn't flashy?
     
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    Great playing. RF was lucky that he came of age in such a great era of music. Very intelligent & informative. :cool:
     
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    My favorite living blues guitarist!
     
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    Watching this this morning and noticing what a heavy touch he has - his fretting hand particularly. It's like he's playing the wood as well as the strings. It's interesting, because he's still drawing a lot of subtlety and range out of the guitar, but he's squeezing it hard!

    Nice to hear him talk about Mike Bloomfield, too - far too few people acknowledge his role in electric guitar history.


    Incidentally, I think this is the book he's talking about in the video:

     
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    As I've said before.....if I could play like any guitarist on earth, I'd want to be Mark Knopfler. But if not him......Robben Ford.
     
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    RF, on of my long term favourites.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this video, one of my all time fav musicians! I have had the pleasure of meeting him a few times and this video really captured what it's like to sit down and talk to him. Such a cool person and such an immensely talented musician!
     
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    The Blues is so cool. You have jazz players who add their own slant to it, and you have Blues players who add a more harmonically developed jazz spice. Robben is one of the best at it, and obviously, having played with Miles Davis, he has that sophistication... the ability to break outside of the typical, often predictable, pentatonic blues sound to bring a more sophisticated melodic and harmonic sound to it.
     
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    Ford is an immense talent and one of the most humble players ever. He seems quite unaffected by his fame and influence in the business.


    "I played it for a minute...and I went, 'I'll take it'."

    Anyone that plays guitar can certainly identify with that scenario :cool:
     
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    Those Butterfield albums are so great, glad I discovered them in my 20s. East/West is prob in my top 20 all time.
     
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    I’ll admit it!

    The guitars I had to learn on were my dads, a 76 gibson marauder and a 72 tele, I chose to play the marauder because it looked so much cooler even though the neck wasn’t as comfortable, to me they were both old guitars that my dad played that weren’t too cool and the marauder was the lesser of the two evils

    So yea I agree it took a while for me to warm up to teles
     
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    That’s why I can’t go to the guitar store often because that happens EVERY time
     
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    I could identify with pretty much everything he said though of course my path was less successful that his!
    I especially related to not getting the idea that guitar models had a sound, and I had similarly wanted to play Jazz on a big archtop but eventually figured out that was the wrong path for me. Though my idea of new time Jazz was from another Mayall album.
    Cool the credit to Bloomfield, and of course odd that he gets so much less credit than Clapton.
    I liked his Epi with mini hums, sounded almost like a Tele!

    But what really made me happy was all the kids looking happy to have guitars and lessons!

    My interest in revisiting the past is diminishing, just looked back for learning the old ways enough already.
    Where are we going next!
     
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    "Cool the credit to Bloomfield, and of course odd that he gets so much less credit than Clapton."
    Could it simply have to do with the popularity of The Yardbirds, Mayall, Cream, Blind Faith, etc for Clapton, and Bloomfield was more of a "niche" player, and then decided to die so young ( :().......Almost anyone who was part of the British Invasion had a leg up, regardless of true talent.
     
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    Even the degree of popularity is odd, BBB played woodstock, Bloomfield caused riots with Dylan, plenty of exposure right from his start yet he didn't hit the big time like Clapton, who became God really soon after playing less stupendously than Mike.
     
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    I like both.....but that "Clapton is God" thing is the most perplexing thing I've ever seen.
     
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    To quote a Lyle Lovett song, She's Hot to Go, "Well, you ugly too!"
     
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    Just watched a video of Robben with Jeff MacElroy playing 50s goldtop, where Robben said he paid $3,500 for that Telecaster in the early 90s. He's said it was his most played guitar of all the ones he owns.
     
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    Sure is.....Clapton was also a singer , makes all the difference
     
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