Vintage Guitar - March 2018 - open - 14
Thank you for your insightful article on
Mick Taylor's guitar ("The Ya Ya's Out! Mick
Taylor's '58 Les Paul Standard," February '18).
VG is the best and only outlet for those who
know and crave all things guitar.
A few thoughts came to mind while reading,
including that the Stones and Mick Taylor,
not Jimmy Page, were the first to bring this
awesome axe back into U.S. consiousness;
my top three rock guitarists not known for
playing slide are Taylor, Tommy Bolin, and
Joe Walsh. All used standard tuning.
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I have been a public defender for more than
36 years, representing the mentally ill for the
past 20. It's emotionally and spiritually challenging. Stealing from an old ad in VG, I play
guitar because nobody's ever complemented
me on how good my drinking's gotten.
Thank you for giving me something positive to look forward to each month. I've lost
count of how long I've been giving my nephew
a gift subscription to VG, but it trickles down
to his brother, Sean (who's also a guitar
player), and eventually to my sister (their
mother) Mary, who 40 years ago received my
precious '74 Guild mahogany dreadnought
as a hand-me-down. Your magazine has fueled many phone calls starting with, "Uncle
Timmy, did you see that article/guitar in
Vintage Guitar!?" Just know that you have
become one of our cherished Christmas
rituals that continue giving every year.
And please extend a thank you to Pete
Prown for the obit on Phil Miller (February
'18). In 1975, I moved to Baltimore from
Long Island to work for VISTA, creating and
supporting tutorial programs in the inner
city. My housemate worked in a
store and we got into prog rock, especially
the "Canterbury sound" - Matching Mole,
Soft Machine, Henry Cow, Slapp Happy,
Virgin Records' V sampler. But the albums
we listened to non-stop were by Hatfield and
the North. I still have my vinyl, cassettes, and
CDs of both The Rotters Club' and Hatfield
and the North. I've never seen them mentioned
anywhere. So, thanks for the memories. I
knew I'd receive three calls the day the issue
arrived; two would start ""Uncle Timmy, did
you see...?," the other, "Tim? Mary. Did you
see that Phil Miller died?"
Yes, you are a real part of my family. Tadpoles keep screaming in my ear, "Hey there,
I enjoyed Greg Prato's [interview with Walter Trout, "First Fret," January '18]. Walter's
music and courage continue to inspire anyone
who has heard him play or knows about the
challenges he has overcome.
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I've seen a lot of live guitar
solos over the years, starting with Jeff Beck
in the Yardbirds in 1965, and I've never seen
anyone play a guitar like Walter Trout. Love
ya', brother, keep on rockin'!
Sioux City, Iowa
OTIS & FREDDIE
I really enjoyed "Family Ties: Freddie King's
Gibson ES-345 Keeps on Playin'"(January
'18). You mentioned all the usual South
Side Chicago suspects except Otis "Smokey"
In August of 1960, an unknown Freddie
King provided his spare-but-stinging blues
licks to the highly collectible Sings the Back
Porch Blues, by Smothers. The sessions
wrapped on August 15, 1960, and the next
day, King/Federal decided to give King a
shot on a solo single; King plucked his way
into blues immortality with "Hideaway."
The rest is history, as King's catalog went on
to influence a who's-who in rock and blues.
Check out Back Porch Blues. You'll find it
an essential part of your Freddie collection.
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Illustration: Sean Thorenson.
I enjoyed the article about Mick
Taylor's Les Paul. However the
cover of the issue bills it as "Mick
Taylor's Rolling Stones '59 Les Paul
Standard, while on page 84 it says
"Mick Taylor's '58 Les Paul Standard."
Which was it, a '58 or a '59? Anyway, I
enjoy your publication immensely.
(Ed. Note: Thanks for the heads-up on that
unfortunate cover typo, Will. Per the feature
and its headline, the guitar is a '58.)