FOR THE LOVE OF PAUL

I’m glad you gave Paul Kossoff the credit he deserved in your cover feature (June 2013). He was my hero growing up and I spent many, many hours learning his parts rather than doing my homework. Every weekend I could make it I would head down to Denmark Street, and my admiration for the man increased tenfold when he turned up in the same shop as me on a couple of occasions. Although he might not have been completely sober, he had a good word for anybody who wanted to talk to him, and he would happily while away the

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ERIC, GARY AND ALBERT

King’s interaction with American guitarists like Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan has been noted elsewhere in this feature – but it was in Britain that he would make an indelible mark before even setting foot on UK soil.

Eric Clapton, in particular, was such a devotee that he wanted to record a version of the blues standard Lawdy Mama in King’s style for Cream’s second album, 1967’s Disraeli Gears. In the event, producer Felix Pappalardi rewrote the melody and lyrics with his wife Gail Collins, the result being Strange Brew (the track, especially Clapton’s solo, still bore King’s stamp,

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Echoes of THE PAST

Paul Brett may love his archaic acoustic blues guitars – his Stellas, Regals, Oahus and Weymanns – but he’s also got another side that displays an equal fascination with the lesser-known electric brands of America and Europe. Lars Mullen listens in.

Some guitar companies – the most famous ones – are so well-documented these days that with the purchase of a couple of books you can attain a level of knowhow that would have been near-impossible to achieve 30 years ago. When it comes to more obscure brands, though, enthusiasts all over the world are still poring over rare catalogues

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DOING MY NUT…

In 1993 I purchased a Gibson Les Paul Studio for £495. It might be ‘bog standard’ but it sounds great with two balanced humbuckers. The neck is a bit clubby and it had a reasonable action when new. However, later on I had a lot of trouble with trying to keep it in tune and buzzing on the frets. In the end I got fed up with it and went back to using my other guitars, rarely using the Studio. After reading your action adjustment article in the June 2013 issue, I thought I’d take a look. So I took

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Demolition Man

Marcus Bonfanti’s seismic new album Shake The Walls is stirring up the UK blues-rock scene. Rik Flynn meets him to discuss biker brawls, the lure of cheap whisky and finally letting go of his first guitar.

It takes a certain kind of character with the right kind of steel-capped bravado to give the blues scene a royal kick up the posterior when it needs one. Overblown frettery and a vinyl collection full of delta field recordings just doesn’t cut the Colman’s anymore, and apathetic artists who peddle hackneyed licks over yawn-inducing 12-bars are not helping. Fear not, blues lovers, this

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ES-335s from 1959 are the most sought-after, but any made prior to 1965 with the stop tail and wider nut are collectible – George Gruhn

‘My 1960s 355 is the basis for everything. I’ve got so many guitars but the ones I bring on tour are 355s or 345s’ – Noel Gallagher

‘There are no other tools in my life so long-serving’ – Eric Clapton

Variations on a theme

The ES-335 soon became the basis of other models. An early 335-style signature was the Trini Lopez, built from 1964. Lopez was a big star back then, and had been playing a Gibson Barney Kessel – a double Florentine cutaway akin to the ES-175. When approached by Gibson, Lopez suggested diamond fretmarkers, diamond f-holes, the Firebird-style

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Sound recording: Blood

Title: BLOODYear established: 1996Ingredients: Yuri "Franz" Vydrenok (up to 1998) — vocals, guitar, programming. Veronica Kruglov — vocals Dmitry "Todor" Vaitsyushkevich — vocals, bagpipes, lyre, flute, guitar, programming. Pete Pavlov (1998) — guitar, mandolin, vocals Ales Puzynya (1998-2000) — violin Sebastsyan (1998-2001) — darbuka, Jambi Paul (1998-2001) — dizhyrydu Massoud Talabani (1998-2001) — darbuka, dafTaksma in concert and studio promotions in different years participated K.Shevando (drums), U.Bashko (bass), A.Pamidorav (guitar, perkusiya) K.Karapetsyan (violin), Babu (tabla), DJ Delta. Genre: folk, world musicTop albums:Lely Hay! (1997) In the mist (1998) People! (Live) (1999) Single (2000) Minsk-Berlin (2002)Festivals, Merit: Veronica Kruglov — prize

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Sound recording Pamidorau: B: H:

Title: "B: H"Year established: 1999Ingredients:Lyutych Ales — vocals, guitar, Litvinets Maxim — guitar, backing vocals Pozniak Romuald — drums, backing vocals Alexander Zaitsev — bass Sergey Mashkovich — LyricsGenre: Rock, candidacyTop albums:Abhors (c) 2004, BMA Group Rock Lives! (C) 2006, BMA GroupCollection: Prime Dozen 2006, Breathe!Festivals, Merit: Laureates "Rock-Cola 2001" — Best song lyric; Basowiszcza winners 2002 — merit commune commune City.Part 1, January 29Part 2, January 30Part 3, January 31Part 4, February 1Part 5, February 2

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Sound recording: B: H:

Title: "B: H"Year established: 1999Ingredients:Lyutych Ales — vocals, guitar, Litvinets Maxim — guitar, backing vocals Pozniak Romuald — drums, backing vocals Alexander Zaitsev — bass Sergey Mashkovich — LyricsGenre: Rock, candidacyTop albums:Abhors (c) 2004, BMA Group Rock Lives! (C) 2006, BMA GroupCollection: Prime Dozen 2006, Breathe!Festivals, Merit: Laureates "Rock-Cola 2001" — Best song lyric; Basowiszcza winners 2002 — merit commune commune City.Part 1, January 29Part 2, January 30Part 3, January 31Part 4, February 1Part 5, Feb. 2.

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Zwukopis: Bond

Title: "Bond"Original title: "Studio Seven"Year established: 1982Ingredients: Ivan Markov — Guitar Sergey Knish — drums Igor Varashkevich — vocals, harmonica, guitar Vyacheslav Square — guitar (1983) Sergei Kravchenko — bass (1984) also in different years in the band played: V.Stsyapanav — bass (up to 1984) S. Lane — guitar (until 1984) S.Bryksa — drums (1986) S.Zelyankevich — drums (1986-88) R.Vovchak — accordion (1987-88) A.Hmyalnitski — guitar (1988-89) V.Smolski — guitar (1989) Shot — bass (1989) S.Antonav — guitar (1989) A.Yushyn — (1989-90) Albums:"Each of us", 1986 "There will come a day of" 1989 "Legends of the Belarusian rock. Bond »1996,

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