Benton, Buddhas & B.b. ("how Blue Can You Get" Video)

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  1. toomanycats

    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    B.B. BUMP!

    Like the title of the thread says, I'm playing a Harley Benton L-450 Plus, it's loaded with a pair of @Buddha Pickups (hot PAFs, A2 magnets, unpotted), and it is a B.B. King tune.

    For my money this one of the greatest live blues guitar solos ever recorded. The first time I ever heard it I knew I'd have to learn how to play it. It took years to get around to it but about a month ago I finally began transcribing and learning it. It's all in the feel on this one, about the truth of the touch . . . about pure emotion transmitted through fingers, strings, and wood. If you've never heard B.B.'s version of this song on his Live in Cook County Jail album, then do yourself a favor and listen to it. I'd like my band to work it into our show in the next week or two. I'd be doing a lot of the "heavy lifting," though the bass and drum parts are a challenge in their own right.

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    @toomanycats Sometimes, the how is important, other times, is the what.

    This has both the two of them! :thumbsup::thumbsup::clapping::clapping:
     
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    Low-down cool whit tem Tim buckers!
     
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    Love that pair of pickups. I've moved them around several times, from a Benton Explorer, to an Epiphone LP, to an Agile AL-3100, to their present home. They have both crisp detail and that warm, spongy bloom of A2 magnets.
     
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    Sounds great! I'm a big fan of Tim's pickups. Have a couple of his sets in my guitars now, and a tele set in a drawer waiting for the right instrument.
     
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    Sounds great, and great playing. I have a similar pair of his A2 PAF style humbuckers and they're glorious.
     
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    Loved it! Give some A4's a try. I've been liking them more than A2's.
     
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    Thanks doc. I've got A4 humbuckers in some other guitars and agree that they've got their own unique magic. A lot off what I've read about A4s says they have a flat eq and allow you to really hear the wood the guitar is made out of. One of the guitars I have the A4s in is an early 70s Univox Les Paul Custom made out of plywood (as many MIJ lawsuit LPs are). The Univox must be made out of "tone-ply" because it sounds really good with the A4s. :)
     
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    Nice! Love the backing track too without the horns.
     
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    Thanks. When my band does this live our harmonica player will fill in all the horn stabs.
     
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    Sweet lix TMC! Really nice feel on that.

    Side note: I don't care what anyone says, unpotted humbuckers just sound better for rock and blues.
     
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    I totally agree. They seem to have a more open, vocal, almost quacky single coil tone. After Tim sent them to me he followed up by inquiring whether I was having any feedback issues, to which I responded in the negative. What I was after when I ordered them was something exactly like a Gibson Burstbucker 1 and 2 set, though just a little hotter. Gibson does offer the Probucker, which is like a hotter Burstbucker, though they use A5 rather than of A2 magnets, and they are wax potted as well. Tim delivered exactly what I was after.
     
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