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God I love Freddie

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by MikeVB, May 21, 2011.

  1. MikeVB

    MikeVB Supporting Member

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    Time for my monthly Freddie post. Sometimes you just got to rip the roof off the place.

    P.S. Will an es-339 cover those tones? Had a 335 I loved, but it was just painfully huge to swing.

     
  2. SLBlues

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    Wow, thanks for posting the vid. I am a FK fan and had not seen it before. I use Freddies intro to Have You Ever Loved A Woman as the ringtone on my Blackberry. Gets lots of looks and smiles when it rings in public. Freddie was so big he made that ES 335/345/355 (I don't know how to tell the diff) look small. Another great gone too soon.

     
  3. GAT

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    Well, aside from Freddie's amazing touch, you could try to get a 339 to sound like that by putting on heavy strings and pummel a Super Reverb or Twin Reverb cranked way up. A lot of that tone is the sheer power of his picking attack and big sounding instruments/amps.
     
  4. Jamar

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    I love Freddie too! I've been on a tone quest with ES styled guitars. Two days ago I tried out a variety of ES-335s and a ES-339. To my ears, the 339 sounded more akin to a Les Paul than to a 335. The 339 was punchy and had an aggressive attack much like a Paul. The pickups were hotter in the 339 eventhough the 335s and the 339 all had '57 classics. The 339 was a shade or two mellower than a Paul, but still closer to a Les Paul than a 335 in my estimation. Notes bloomed better on the 335s.
     
  5. SLBlues

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    You are much more knowledgeable about these things than I will ever be, but I just watched a vid lesson by Andy Aledort. He was talking about Freddie's rig and said Freddie used very light strings. High E 010, B 011, G 012. I had never heard/read that before.

     
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    I heard that he used heavy strings because of the metal finger picks, but I really don't know for sure.
     
  7. bluesjunior

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    Must say that I agree with Andy Aledort, I have always read that Freddie used light strings as a matter of fact until SRV came on the scene a set of 10's was as heavy as most electric guitar players used outside of jazz guitar.
     
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    I love this clip... the first time I found it, it brought tears to my eyes!
     
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    The Godhead! Forget trying to play like Freddie. Clapton's been trying for 50 years.
    He is one a kind.
     
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    That was f***ing awesome. Since I've been Loving You should be renamed Have You Ever Loved a Woman Vol 2.

    Thanks for posting that.
     
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    So cool to hear this. A coworker played this just a few weeks ago and first time I heard some of his stuff, love the palm muted rumble he gets going.
     
  13. MikeVB

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    Yep, there's never been a Freddie lick that Clapton didn't love and borrow.
     
  14. Soul Man

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    Freddie has always been my favorite King.
     
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    I can not pick one - Albert, BB and Freddie I don't have a favorite - My wife on the other hand thinks Albert hung the moon

     
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    Someone I interviewed (name escapes me for now) said Freddie had fingers like bananas and broke the neck off an acoustic guitar when he went to bend the string.
     
  17. Beat Up G

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    :eeks damn.

    I have lollar 50's P-90's in the SG Classic...lollar describes the tone as "early" FK. They are brutally dry and biting!
     
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    When interviewed I think Freddie meant he uses a 10, 11 or 12 SET, not a 10,11,12 first 3 strings. I mean does it sound like a 12 G string? I read that interview a long time ago.
     
  19. Poppa Stoppa

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    I have a friend who saw Freddie on his first trip to London in the 60's, when he played pubs & small clubs. The story is he was being driven to a gig when when they passed a music shop. "Pull over" says Freddie, "I need some strings". "What kind do you want?" says the driver. "Get me the heaviest they got, ten sets!" says Freddie.
     
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    Jimmie Vaughn when he was younger toured as "FREDDIE KING JR". Billy Gibbons "APOLOGIES TO PEARLY" if you listen is "THE STUMBLE"....Kim Wilson's singing sounds a lot like Freddie, if you don't believe it listen to the "OLD STUFF" he recorded in the late 50's and early to mid 60's....
     

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