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Before the hot rods, the funky hats and even the beards....ZZ Top at their very best.



Their first 5 albums or so are just killer.

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....and Gibbons is up there among the most underrated guitarists. You know he uses Peso to play? That's how he gets that sound.

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....and Gibbons is up there among the most underrated guitarists. You know he uses Peso to play? That's how he gets that sound.
Yeah, the rounded coin makes it easier than a regular pick to hit all those signature artifical harmonics. I remember being like 10 years old, riding in my uncle's 1983 Z-28 with the t-tops off listening to these guys.

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I love 'em. Listened to Rio Grand Mud, Tres Hombres and Fandango already today. I'm making it a ZZ Top work day

My Dad told me a great story from way back when, before they were even known nationally. They opened up for Aerosmith, came out in cowboy boots/hats...the crowd started to "moo" at them. (this is here in Chicago). Gibbons said "we're a little old band from south Texas, gonna play some rock'n roll for y'all." ...........and they proceeded to blow Aerosmith right off the stage.

People that only know them for the Legs/Eliminator BS are really missing out.

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i enjoy all of it really.. i think i like the "newer" stuff better. I do have every album on my iPod.

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A lot of the newer stuff for me got too commercial...for me the earlier albums are where its at. Though I still dig Sleepin' Bag!

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....and Gibbons is up there among the most underrated guitarists. You know he uses Peso to play? That's how he gets that sound.
Reverend Gibbons knows more about guitar tone than anyone else on the planet, no exaggeration. The guy has a warehouse (or three) of rare and vintage gear, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of what/who/how/and when of most any cool guitar recording out there.

He likes to fuck with people by BSing what gear he uses/used, even on stage. He's got fake amplifiers that look like cheap chinese crap with the guts of fine hand made gear stuffed in them, just to keep people guessing. I'm sure the Peso's are just part of the mystique.

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Check out the tune "Squank" on their First Album (titled "First Album ) ...it kills, and he does all kinds of crazy shit. The title is supposed to be the tone/sound he gets out of his guitar.

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Got to Mellow down easy !

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Gibbons also wrote and produced all of his own music. That is unheard of this day and age.

Last night I saw a cowgirl
She was floatin' across the ceilin'
Last night I saw a naked cowgirl
She was floatin' across the ceilin'

She was mumblin' to some howlin' wolf
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Reverend Gibbons knows more about guitar tone than anyone else on the planet, no exaggeration. The guy has a warehouse (or three) of rare and vintage gear, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of what/who/how/and when of most any cool guitar recording out there.

He likes to fuck with people by BSing what gear he uses/used, even on stage. He's got fake amplifiers that look like cheap chinese crap with the guts of fine hand made gear stuffed in them, just to keep people guessing. I'm sure the Peso's are just part of the mystique.
Nice.... that story brings back memories of neat stories I heard one time from a friend that used to do guitar and amp work.

I learned a lot about different tone and styles when I was learning to build my own amps. I love it when a song I never heard comes on. I'll pause for a minute and think to myself "hmmm, wow, really has a Clapton kind of feel to it" then the vocals come on and it's a cover song by Clapton.

It's also amazing when you really start to get into an artist and you start listening to their influences. It's immediately obvious what they took from that artist and how they blended it into their style. Again SRV is a great example of that.

I once saw Anthony Gomes at Frankies Blue Room in Naperville. He went into a song and played away. Great guitarist. Then he said and if Stevie were still around, he'd play it like this. I swear SRV was behind the wall and this guy was just going through the motions. Then he goes Clapton would do it like this. Again, spot friggin' on! He did this a few more times and never touched the amp. It's amazing how fretting hand affects tone. The strength imparted on the strings and method of fretting has a HUGE effect on tone. I've spent a little time talking to Ronnie Baker Brooks. He's grown up around all these great musicians we listen to. He's learned a lot from Billy Gibbons and I gather the same thing from what he's mentioned. Billy is a MASTER at his craft. May he keep doing what he loves for a long long time. His hot young wife probably keeps him feeling young

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Ha! I listened to that yesterday too. Fandango kicks ass...half live, half studio.

"He thinks he's pretty fast......"

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He thinks he's badder then Shaft, James Brown and Kung Fu all put together.

It's been awhile, I gotta drag that one out
I love the Huge sound on that album.

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Mexican Blackbird is probably my favorite on the album.

"Pass me another one of them breeeews from back there"

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