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With over 20 pickup setting options, it's certainly one of the most tonally versatile guitars on the market! You probably know the specifics – each pick up has its own on/off switch, and in-phase/out-of-phase switch. One would expect that such an overabundance produced over a compacted period would no doubt end up being terribly repetitive in both scores and lyrics.
I think he does get a bit of a bum rap, but he's done some great stuff - Auberge was the soundtrack to one summer holiday to France, and while I don't remember much beyond the title track, I do remember liking it a lot.
The Blues went in yet another direction, when it started to mingle with Celtic and Scottish/Irish influences, forming still another hybrid. I'm very impressed with the build quality, all the details are flawless - it's a very fine guitar, and value for money is great. Blue guitars have long been a popular choice for guitarists who want to stand out from the crowd with style. As well as fulfilling everything you need on the sound and playability fronts, you have to look the part too.
Chris Rea then took the project in his own hands, dedicated to bring it into the world as no-one else would do it, together with a handful of dedicated top musicians.While the basic structures and rhythms of the Blues remained true to the original, still a new generation moved the Blues onwards, banjo style played on electric guitar became the electric "sitar", the sound hit the nerve of the Indy/Hippie generation, instantly recognisable – Tamla Motown. I'd only known of Chris Rea from "Fool If You Think It's Over" from way back in 1978, when I was in high school, and had, to be honest, forgotten about him since then here in the USA. Whether it's a bright gloss or smooth satin, maybe a trans coat revealing the wood underneath - your need to love the look of your bass guitar.
In the hands of a better player, I expect it can do a decent job of those too, given its wide tonal options. I love that guitar, its pickups, amazing ergonomics and super fast neck (I’m not a super fast player though). However he also appears to be someone who not only loves the blues but also somebody who understands its history and respects the heritage more than most. I had the honor of interviewing Rudy (and, soon, Scott’s widow) and gazing upon and picking a few tunes on the guitars.
This can result in some very unique sounds, from round humbucker based tones (in phase) through to thinner, almost vocal sounding tones that can help a solo cut through a band mix (out of phase). Some of it is great, some of it not my taste, but the dedication to putting that much music together has to be admired. SCAMMER WARNING: Due to a spate of recent scam attempts (some successful) recently, if you're doing a deal in the classifieds, ONLY USE PAYPAL GOODS AND SERVICES UNLESS YOU KNOW THAT INDIVIDUAL PERSONALLY. The collection is a tribute to the masterful archtop luthier Jimmy D'Aquisto whose Blue Centura had been the inspiration behind the concept of a group of guitars from the finest builders alive at the time - given free creative reign - aside from some universal specifications - they just had to be blue.
The variety and uniqueness on offer here make this an outstanding recording guitar when you've run out of options on your usual guitar collection. Three pickups may not be that unusual but two sets of switches certainly are (white here, same colour as on Brian's red special); the higher placed set turns the pickup on/off and the lower set is for in/out phase reversal. I have the Blue box set, and as you'd expect from that many songs in one place at one time, it's a mix of awesome, really good, a bit mediocre and a handful of fillers. Originally launched in 2001 by Burns, this version of Brian May's Red Special guitar was released in 2006 by Brian May Guitars, a company headed up by Barry Moorhouse of House Music, Pete Malandrone (Brian May's tech) and Brian May himself. The Blue Guitar Collection was displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from November 11th 1997 through October 1998.albums took me the best part of a year to work through them all a few times and pick out what I liked and was less fussed over. He and his mrs apparently sang the chorus together as they drove home and he thought "This'll fucking show 'em" and recorded it when he got home. Feel free to post pics of your own gear, cool gear you saw online or anything else as long as it complies with the rules.