Best guitarist I've seen up close.....

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by markeebee, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    I sold a Mosrite hollow body a couple of days ago. I arranged to meet the buyer in a McDonald's car park. I'm all about the class and style.

    So the guy turned up and we sat on a bench and had a quarter pounder and a chat. Lovely feller. Turns out he played in the Black Crowes, and produced and played on albums by Oasis and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Better still, he s the guitarist in Tom Jones touring band!

    He got my guitar out of its case and had a little noodle. Unplugged. Oh my goodness! The way he bounced into some obscure chord shapes, almost randomly, and then just played around them up and down the board at superfast speed. I've never seen anything like it.

    He said "you might like to have a go on this" and bounced off to his car, came back with a beautiful '61 Epi Casino. I just froze, couldn't play a note, partly because I didn't want to kludge his lovely guitar, but mostly because I was so embarrassed at the gulf between his playing and mine.

    Lovely evening though, and he bought the guitar at the asking price, no quibbles. Happy days.
  2. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Wow. Great story. I totally get it, not wanting to play in front of someone really good. I’m always amazed at the difference between good, really good and professionally good. And not just on guitar. I played football (Soccer to our American friends) in the back yard with a friend of mine who was on the USA Team. And i thought I was pretty good. No.
    Congrats on the sale. I really like The High Flying Birds stuff by the way, don’t you?
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  3. eggvan

    eggvan Gretschie

    Nov 30, 2013
    Hope the Quarter Pounder was enjoyable.

    I read a similar story where someone was selling some vintage acoustic on eBay. Who turned up to pick it up? Jeff Beck.
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  4. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013

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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    A guy I knew in one of my college classes and I were talking after class one day. We both mentioned that we played guitar. He came by later, with his instrument, pulled out a little folding step, unpacked a nylon string classical, and started ripping into some Segovia. I kept my guitar case closed.
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Nice to always make a new friend
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  7. jfassett

    jfassett Synchromatic

    Dec 9, 2017
    I took lessons from a great player/musician here in Tucson for a while. I was always so impressed and intimidated at his skill that I would freeze like a deer in headlights, ha!
  8. Srellim1

    Srellim1 Synchromatic

    Feb 6, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Was it Marc Ford?
    If so, I have a humiliating story about playing a show with him. Unlike myself, he is a supremely talented musician.
  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    The most amazing from your story (to me) is that there are hollow body Mosrite. Always thought they just had the Ramones-type solid body.
    Other amazing point: you consider it's better to play with Tom Jones than with the Black Crowes and Oasis! :D
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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Well, it's not unusual.
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  11. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Ha ha! I see what you did there.
  12. AlexO

    AlexO Electromatic

    Jul 25, 2017
    I'm guessing it was Paul Stacey who you are talking about. Great player!
  13. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Well said.
    I recall a time Martin Simpson set his Sobell down & offered a few of us in attendance could try it out as he went for refreshment. Nobody dared try more than pluck a string / strum a chord or two after having just heard him play it masterfully.

    Yeah, wanna feel a little skills deficient...
    At a party I once played volleyball opposite a professional soccer team.
    They played most of the game better with their feet than most on my side of the net played using their hands.
  14. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Other amazing point: you consider it's better to play with Tom Jones than with the Black Crowes and Oasis! :D

    I'll bet its all about the comparative lingerie hurled at the stage.
  15. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    I played a clinic with Tommy Tedesco once. He was an excellent player and a heckuva lot of fun to spend time with. He was also very kind and, as good as he was, he never belittled others.
  16. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    The "belittled others" puzzled me. So I went on safari.

    fwiw, I don't know much about him, though knew the name.
    Found a video that makes him very relatable. Seems like a down to earth guy.
  17. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    I sold a black 5125? to a chap once who said it was to learn on. As he took it to his car he turned and said he also played ukulele....for the next ten minutes he tore threw every George Formby song i knew (1) plus those i don’t in the street to the twitching curtains and passing cars with every quirky nuance of Formbys he could muster. Turns out he was a pro tribute. Not the same but i had to tell someone.
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  18. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Tommy was one of the most recorded guitarists of his era. We’ve all heard him play many, many times. He was well known for having helped up and coming guitarists to break into the industry. He was a class act, all the way, and I’m glad that I met him.
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  19. SaltyDog

    SaltyDog Country Gent

    Aug 23, 2008
    Between F sharp and G flat
    As soon as I get that tricky E minor chord down, I'll play in front of someone ... as long as they like listening to E minor.
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  20. sanhozay

    sanhozay Electromatic

    Mar 17, 2014
    great players are inspirational! sometimes it feels like alchemy but usually, it's a lot of hours, every damn day. setzer is probably my benchmark for the greatest musician of my generation. i love the early punk attitude that was so incongruent with knowledge and skill. put on a suit, get a decent haircut, wear glasses, write big band arrangements and people were taking note of something most of us already knew for 20 years.
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