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Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Sep 12th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Saw it today. About six inches from my face...so I could read Hal Blaine's and Earl Palmer's respective signatures. Tommy Tedesco's 1962 or 1963 Telecaster. On display, in The Electric Guitar: Inventing An American Icon exhibit, at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale.
I wanted to touch it but getting a vandalism rap at my age would be uglier than I. THAT is the guitar I would own over Gibbons' and Page's '59 LPs.

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Come at me bro.

Sep 12th, 2019 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's way cool.



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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Sep 13th, 2019 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

No kidding.

That is one iconic guitar.

Here's a pic.

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Tone is in the lingers
Sep 13th, 2019 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Neat! It looks like the Wrecking Crew got ahold of it.

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Sep 13th, 2019 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is very very cool!

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If irritation occurs

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Sep 13th, 2019 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

That guitar was 100% punk--many years before

punk even existed. Rest in peace, Mr. Strummer.

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Sep 27th, 2019 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am incredibly jealous. That guitar saw so many great sessions. I'm a big fan of Tommy Tedesco as well.

Funny story about that Tele.

One day Tommy and Freddie Green were on a session together with I think Bob Bain or maybe Al Hendrickson, I can't remember. Tommy treated his guitars like tools and upon observing Freddie Green wiping his guitar down at every break and placing it in its case, thought he would have some fun.

He says to the other player "watch this".

He waits til Freddie is watching and puts his cigarette out on the Tele. Freddie's eyes got real big.

Then Tommy asked, " Hey Freddie, can I see your guitar?". Freddie said "NO!" and slammed the case shut.

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Sep 29th, 2019 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is an awesome story!

It's gotta be true, because I was wondering what those round black smudges could possibly be.

And that's exactly what they are. I'm truly sorry I never got to meet Tommy. What a talented character he was.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:32 AM, Sep 29th, 2019)

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Sep 29th, 2019 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea man! He was about the most interesting guy I've heard speak on the topic of guitar. His MI video from the 90s is full of great moments and stories. It's on YT.

Also, there is a fantastic book called "For Guitar Players Only" by Tommy that is sort of his method book. But it is full of great stories told by the man himself.

I have an LP of "The Guitars of Tom Tedesco" here. A great classic 60s Capitol Records sounding record with just great playing and arranging. Records don't sound like that anymore.

The Guitars of Tom Tedesco

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Sep 29th, 2019 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

He had a very interesting column in Guitar Player for many years on being a session player. Always entertaining and informative. In addition to having chops, he was a great sight-reader.

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Sep 29th, 2019 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

He's up there as one of the best sight reading guitarists of all time, I think. A lot of classical players sight read like monsters too, though.

Tommy Tedesco, Johnny Smith and Barry Galbraith were all noted for their sight reading abilities in session work. Johnny and Barry both reading grand staff at times because in those days no one outside of classical wrote for guitar(not many wrote for classical guitar even!)

I wish there was an archive of Tommy's columns. He had great ones. Including the theme to my all time favorite show, the Twilight Zone.

The guy was just a total monster.

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Oct 4th, 2019 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Vinnie Bell died yesterday. The Tommy Tedesco of the East Coast scene.

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Oct 4th, 2019 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh maaaaaaan. Sorry to hear the bad news :o(

Rest in peace, Vinnie.

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