Friday's Guitar Hero: Billy Gibbons


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Our regular weekly feature in which we'll share our pick of the guitar wonders You Tube has to offer. This week: Billy Gibbons.

The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons, master of style, tone and sheer swagger. There's nothing much to say that hasn't been repeated many times before, but if there's a cooler mix of both vintage and custom guitars with facial hair we need to know about it.

As this clip from 1984 shows, ZZ have always been a blues band at heart, and Billy has never had any trouble with causing jaws to drop to the floor. Here he stretches out on his custom Dean Z with customary style, proving yet again that less is most definitely more.

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.