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#3 Iconic guitars

In this column: the hoss, gibson ES-335 lefty, old lady

THE HOSS - Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) was a blues singer-songwriter and important in the post-war blues scene, and is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
In 1957, Waters bought a brand new, 1958 Fender Telecaster. Originally white, with an ash body and a maple neck, he replaced the neck with rosewood in 1961, had the guitar painted candy apple red, and replaced the knobs with those from a Fender amplifier. Nicknamed “The Hoss,” this Tele was the main Muddy Waters workhorse until his death in 1983 (hoss = southern nickname for partner, a term of friendship).

Th hoss; hoss is a southern nickname for partner, a term of friendship

Waters played it on the album, Fathers and Sons, the 1969 Chess Records release which was his biggest mainstream success.
The guitar was owned by Mrs. Cameron, the widow of Muddy's manager. The manager had kept the guitar after Muddy died. In 2017 the guitar was returned to his family through the intervention of a lawyer. The guitar is now on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

To the right "The Hoss"

Baby, please don't go - Muddy Waters

GIBSON ES-335 lefty - Otis Rush

Otis Rush said: "I like two guitars: Gibson semi-hollows and Fender Strats. I can go with the Gibson 345 or 355, but any of the semi-hollows do it for me. But, like with anything, there’s always something else out there. And for me, well, the Strats just can do some things and feel a bit differently than the Gibson, and sometimes I’ll trade-off".
Rush feels being left-handed is a definite advantage and points to guys like Albert King and Jimi Hendrix, who also developed signature sounds. “When you play lefty (upside down on a right-handed guitar) you’re pulling that vibrato down to the floor. That makes things a lot easier in terms of pressure and control."
Otis used a Strat for his Cobra Recording in the late 50's and in the 70's a red Gibson ES-335 (check out the album "So Many Roads").

1960s Gibson 335 Memphis dot (cherry) he played upside down
1963 Gibson ES-335TDC left handed

I can't quit you baby - Otis Rush

OLD LADY - Albert Collins

Albert Gene Drewery, aka Albert Collins, The Ice Man was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. He was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and a capo. His long association with the Fender Telecaster led to the title "The Master of the Telecaster".
Collins tuned his guitar to an open F-minor chord (FCFA♭CF), with a capo at the 5th, 6th or 7th fret.

Albert Collins on stage during the Live Aid Concert at Veterans Stadium at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1984.

Albert wanted a Telecaster, but because of the cost he bought an Esquire, which he provided with a telecaster neck. This guitar he used on his earliest recordings, including his signature song, "Frosty". For the rest of his career he played a 1966s Fender Custom Telecaster with a natural ash body and maple-cap neck and a Gibson PAF humbucking pickup at the neck position. He refers to his guitar as his "Old lady".

The Fender Albert Collins Telecaster (a replica of his 1966 Custom Telecaster): featured a Seymour Duncan ’59 neck humbucker pickup, a Texas Special bridge single-coil, a natural finish ash body and a C-profile maple neck.

Ice Picking

Albert recorded his 6th album with a group of musicians, whom he called the Icebreakers. They included brothers Larry (guitar) and Aron (bass) Burton. I spoke and played with Aron when he was in the Netherlands (2000). He said Albert had taken up a banjo tuning to tune his guitar.

Aron Burton in Deventer, The Netherlands, me on the right

I ain't drunk - Albert Collins and The Icebreakers (with Debbie Davis rhythm guitar)

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