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Cover-Rock of Ages

The Band
Rock of Ages
Guitarist: Robbie Robertson

"Robbie Robertson's Tele playing on this live album burned some indelible measures into my synapses 25 years ago. Luckily, I'm still damaged. Bonus: I've never heard better sound on a live album."

- Mik

Cover-Led Zeppelin I.

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Guitarist: Jimmy Page

"Most youngsters think that Jimmy Page only ever used a Les Paul, which ignores the fact that much of the first four albums were cut with a Tele."

- Aaron

Further Listening: Legend has it that the solo to Stairway to Heaven was played on a Tele.

Cover-Legendary Masters Series.

Ricky Nelson
Legendary Masters Series
Guitarist: James Burton

Through the years James has been one of the guys I have in vain tried to "impersonate." A big part in getting close to his sound is using the fingerpick and a super light set up and touch. On the Ricky Nelson records James often used a Vibrosonic amp with a 15" Lansing. On the Emmylou and Gram stuff he used a BF Deluxe, and with Haggard and Elvis mainly Twins.

- TJ

Further Listening: Burton's one of the all-time greats. Start with Gram Parsons' GP/Grievous Angel, a country-rock classic. Look also for his work with Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello. For a deeper look at Burton's early rockabilly sides, check out TJ's Burton post.

Cover-Grooves in Orbit

Grooves in Orbit
Guitarist: Al Anderson

Big Al Anderson probabaly has more to do with who I am as a guitar player than anybody, regardless of what style I am playing at the time. He makes the complex have soul and shows that you can make alternate chords work in real life. One of his tunes is about a month long study for me--not in the chord blocking itself, but in voicing and phrasing. His Tele tone is about 100 tones--its all in the hands.

-tiny e.

Further Listening: Big Al is no longer with the Q, and is now a songwriter in Nashville. Try his solo album Pay Before You Pump or look for '70s and '80s NRBQ albums.


Guitarists: Chrissie Hynde,
James Honeyman-Scott

"The Pretenders' debut album has influenced my playing more than any other recording. Chrissie Hynde's gritty Tele twang is the perfect foundation for the legendary James Honeyman-Scott. Jim used mostly Gibsons on this album, but spontaneously played one of Chrissie's Teles for my favorite batch of guitar licks ever, the classic solo on the pop masterpiece, Kid."