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Which guitarist do you think has the greatest tone, and which song is the best example of it?
Jeroen van Luit, Zaandam, The Netherlands
“There’s a few of them! Jeff Beck has always been a favourite of mine. Mainly for Superstitious, which had that great wah-wah/fuzz pedal combination on it. Jimi Hendrix was a great tone guy – in particular for Little Wing and Foxy Lady. Then there’s Joe Walsh on Life’s Been Good, and Mick Taylor from The Rolling Stones on Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, which has that extended solo on a Les Paul. The whole first Van Halen record, too, and David Lindley, on the late 70s Jackson Browne songs.”
What was it like to meet and play with Rory Gallagher? It must have been incredible...
Steve Nixon, via Twitter
“It was a f**king huge thing when I met Rory. Not just the fact that he was in LA, and that he was really, really gracious and had me come up and jam with him, which was a blast. But on top of that, he was staying at the Riot House [LA’s once-notorious pitstop The Continental Hyatt House, scene of many a rockstar party in the 60s and 70s] on Sunset, so he invited me up after the gig and we drank and we jammed on acoustic guitars all night and had a really great time. He’s one of my all-time guitar heroes, and I was surprised he even knew who I was.”