Who here plays the blues on a Paul?

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  1. elgalad

    elgalad Senior Member

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    I love Gibsons. I'm a Gibson fanboy, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. My three mainstay guitars are an LP, and reissue '58 V, and a reissue Firebird V.

    I've had more than one person tell me "you can't play blues on a Les Paul" but my unpotted Alnico II > tubescreamer > AC30 setup begs to differ.

    Who else plays blues on a Les Paul, and what sort of setups are you running?
     
  2. TwoFeets

    TwoFeets Supporting Member

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    There are lots of people I know (myself included) who play P90 Pauls, including Specials, goldtops and others.

    My goldtop -> '64 Fender Reverb -> Tungsten 5E5-A (tweed Pro)
    Sometimes a Rocktron Short Timer for slapback echo on rockabilly stuff. That's it.
     
  3. frank62

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    There was a long thread about this recently.
     
  4. Catmouth

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    I would think Peter Green and Billy Gibbons would beg to differ. I love a Les Paul, but after a 4 hr show, it doesn't love me :)
     
  5. jumpnblues

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    You should know that it's against all blues laws to play blues on a Les Paul with humbuckers. You may NOT do it and if you do there WILL be consequences...ahem. :hide


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  6. Blueswede

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    Hmmm...........you might want to ask Gary Moore about this......
     
  7. wsaraceni

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    does sean costello count
     
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    I do. LP>Maz Jr. If it was good enough for Peter Green, it's good enough for me.
     
  9. jumpnblues

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    Those were P-90s. He's well within the law. ;) And who's Gary Moore? :stir:D


    Tom
     
  10. elgalad

    elgalad Senior Member

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    No no no...I said blues :hide
     
  11. mitch236

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    Ask Bonamassa too! I play the blues and have been known to sling a LP too!

    All you need is some skills and a sad story to tell, the rest is up to you!
     
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    mike bloomfield... both tele and LP
     
  13. roblovesolives

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    I remember a chap called Eric Something who played with a chap called Mayall and he used a Les Paul for playing blues. He seemed to sound sort of O.K. to me.

    Can't play blues on a Les Paul.........PAH!!!

    Rob
     
  14. John Thigpen

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    Duane Allman and Dickie Betts sounded terrible playing blues on Les Pauls, too.

    John
     
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    Oh please!! Tell Dickey and Duane or even Les Paul himself you can't! What I love about playing guitar is that there are no rules as far as I'm concerned. Rules only restrict your creativity. Depending on what kind of blues I'm playing, My favorite setting is using both pickups with the tone backed off the bridge pickup to around 8, vol. on 8, and neck pickup around 5 with tone on 10. If I want a more mellow blues tone, I'll just use my neck pickup adjusting the volume accordingly.
     
  16. OldSchool

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    That is an extremly ignorant statement. You can play the blues on anything........Just looks cooler with Vintage gear. [​IMG]
     
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    I saw a guy named Hubert Sumlin playing some pretty ripping blues on a LP on the first Crossroads festival DVD....and I think Hubert knows more about the blues than any of the wiseguys out there...:D
     
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    Shoulda' included one of those "winkies" with that post. My tongue was poking through my cheek on that one. So here ya' are...;)


    Tom
     
  19. OlAndrew

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    I think you play blues on whatever you got handy to play on. You just have to be good enough so it says what you feel.
     
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    add Robben Ford
     

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