Your favorite '50s & '60s R&B guitar tones?

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  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, a close cuz of my thread asking for your favorite Black/Southern Gospel guitar tones. But since the branches split....

    I just about obsess over this one. Enough, in fact, to help me forgive the (beautiful!) Sylvia for captaining rap's emergence. (Sad, but true.)
     
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    Here's mine. It has a cool rhythm/tremolo tone and the reverb drenched lead is a great contrast.

     
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    Check out how Mickey & Sylvia could rock, too! Lots of early Keef here....
     
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    Jimmy Johnson with Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who played on many Wilson Pickett tracks and so many other.
    Mostly know his Pickett work. Top rhythm, tone and groove.
    "The first time I heard Johnny B Goode I had to play that"
    Great interview

     
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    this one is actually 1971, but it's way cool:
     
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    Intro to Miracles Tracks of My Tears...Steve Cropper on Otis Redding albums...Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You....
     
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    I'm thinking that the parts are at least as important as the tone.

     
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    All this stuff is so smooth and chewy at the same time!
    (I think I need to eat some lunch....)
     
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    OK, its '70 but for me, this is a kind of reference for guitar, piano, vocal, drums - all in one life record.

    Here's also a very smooth guitar that I really like...
     
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    Pops Staples. The early Staples records were incredible.
     
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    There's a 50's blues/R&B dirty tone that is kinda cool in the right genre, (although I don't play this nasty myself). This is not old but emulates that tone: (probably not what you are talking about) This guy on this album is simple but great guitar work. Not sure if it's Junior Watson or not. I know John worked with Junior some about that time period.
     
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    Not exactly the greatest TONES, but significant to me, nonetheless. I may have told this before, but I'm an old guy.....I can repeat myself.
    The house I grew up in was in a nice lower-middle-class neighborhood. We lived on a corner, and there was no telling what we might find in the street on any given day. One day, I found a 33 1/3 RPM record album, picture sleeve and vinyl record someone had tossed out of their car. Since, to me, records of any kind were precious and important, I took it in. It was Rockin' With Reed, by Jimmy Reed of course. It had him on the sleeve with a guitar and harmonica around his neck. I was probably eleven or so, ('62-'63?) and was just becoming fascinated by guitar. The record itself was cracked, but as some of you may know, if you "snap" a broken record back together, on our old record players with heavy tone arms, they will still play. (you'd get a little "pop" when the needle hit the crack, but not bad) You've gotta remember, I grew up with classical and church music, and basically never heard anything as raw and visceral as Jimmy Reed. I put the record on, and my eyes were "woke". It's not that I instantly loved it.....there were flaws and mistakes, his voice wasn't pure or precise, and the guitars were sometimes out of tune.....but there was "something" indefinable to me. Over the years, I've played some Jimmy Reed songs with bands, and they NEVER fail to remind me of that first record. I still have it, somewhere in my collection. This song was on it, and it's one of my favs....
     
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    in my opinion, the best guitar parts in those old songs are the ones you don't notice. Here is a classic example - you have to work to hear much of the guitar. It fits so perfectly into the song, and back then guitar players didn't expect to be guitar heroes.
     
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    Ive always liked this song, especially the guitar on the intro. I’ve read in various places that it was Hendrix during his stint with Little Richard. If that’s true, that makes it even cooler to me.

     
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    here's one that is NOT from the 60's; but the guitar player understands exactly what all those old records were all about, and he put everything into it. Oh, and the rest of the performance is sublime. Music doesn't get much better than tis!
     
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    Here's a couple of faves...


     
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    Nothing crazy about the stuff I like from that era, here are a couple that come to mind

    At about the 1 minute mark

    The little intro is ace
     
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    One of my all-time favourites - and for very good reason
     
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    Here's Mickey Baker backing up Joe Clay on this rockabilly burner. He never fails to deliver:
     
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    Fort worth cat...

     
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