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School Me On Rockabilly Music

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FenderGyrl, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    I just recorded an album with a strong ‘billy influence. It is on Spotify, ITunes, etc, but you can listen here:

    I’d love to know what y’all think.


  2. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    AC used a Gretsch and a Tele mainly and I used a couple Hamers mainly with a smattering of other guitars where appropriate.

  3. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Meister

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Watch this video....

    Is very interesting what happens around minute 2:20...

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  4. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Mar 4, 2009

    that was interesting, but, in one way proves the point I tried to make. James Burton did not use this guys "rockabilly approved guitars" on the Ricky Nelson recordings. He used a straight up tele, at least thats what I've been led to believe. Sure sounds like it.

    Again, in my opinion, its not about gear or tone. Its about playing it, getting somewhere near the ballpark of the approved "sound" and then, if you want to, like Poison Ivy or Billy Zoom or a zillion other people, take it someplace else.

    My advice for someone interested in learning rockabilly: have one ear open to the purists. They have good advice. But keep your other ear open to other points of view.
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  5. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2012
    Oklahoma, USA
    For anyone wanting to get their feet wet with Rockabilly, this excellent book by Fred Sokolow gives a great foundation on the various techniques.

  6. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    I definitely agree with that. And my advice would be to not even look for "Rockabilly" instruction at first. I think it's really helpful and greases the rails of someone gets a really solid hold on Travis picking, instead. That gets you more than halfway there, IMO.

  7. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I saw the T-armond, but its pricey and I know I like the 2000s because I have a set in my 5120. One could buy a blank P90 cover and make something really slick, but I know I'd never drill 12 holes just right so I cut a window out and I'm happy enough.
    Both pickups are fully height adjustable, so balance worked.
    I have foam under the dyna because it was too fiddly trying to get springs under there.
    I was hoping to get springs in because I thought it might help get some microphonics, which I like.
    The dyna is flipped to get the poles closer to the bridge and that does make a bit of difference.
    The sound isn't muddy/woofy and sounds extremely cool.
    I'm looking for another pickup for the bridge, but I'm not in a big hurry because it sounds good as is.
    Middle position is great and, although I find it fiddly on Gibsons and tend to wire them with a master volume and tone; the ability to blend the 2 pickups really pays off.

  8. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    Learn to pick ghost notes. That is the secret sauce.

  9. Chicago Slim

    Chicago Slim Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 19, 2005
    Bowling Green, KY
    Although I've played for a couple of Nashville artists, I've really been considered a rockabilly player, for the past 35 years. Although I own some nice Gretsch guitars, my favorite guitar for rockabilly is a PRS Starla.

    I also collect rockabilly vinyl, CD's and DVD's.



    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
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  10. Chmason85

    Chmason85 TDPRI Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Did you find your Gibson neck P90 too dark? Mine seems that way no matter what I do, the best so far is pickup down/poles up. Love that bridge pickup though!

  11. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I've been gigging P90s since 1982 and have never understood the too dark neck P90.
    This is what tone controls on amps are for.
    Of course, I seldom use bridge alone and mainly switch between N and N/B, so if I crank the treble and/or presence, I don't have to worry about hurting people when I switch to the bridge.
    When I do, I roll of the treble on the guitar.
    It's not mysterious.

  12. Jersey Joe

    Jersey Joe TDPRI Member

    Aug 23, 2012
    Yep, loving the Rockabilly. I like a 59 Bassman RI with these two pedals: Echotone_1_web.jpg barber-burn-unit.jpg
    Good luck with your quest! Joel

  13. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    I don’t get it either. I set my amp to sound good with the neck pickup, which generally means that I keep the tone knob on the treble pickup at about 4.

    For me, that balances great and the neck pickup is anything but woofy or dark.

  14. Jersey Joe

    Jersey Joe TDPRI Member

    Aug 23, 2012
    I forgot to say in my post just now, that you might want to check out this website, its great for Rockabilly related pedals and amps. Cheers, Joel
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  15. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Dec 6, 2015

    Oh! My precious pearls!

  16. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Fred Sokolow was my teacher about 10 years ago in LA! Worked out of McCabe's in Santa Monica. What a great dude.
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  17. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

    Oct 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA

    FYI, the "Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender" -- the world's largest and most respected annual Rockabilly festival -- celebrates its 21st consecutive year next weekend:


    Sidenote that may be of interest to some reading this thread: The Stray Cats will be reuniting there, on a triple headlining bill shared with Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy.

    What's that, you ask? You bet I'm going...

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  18. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    Now this sounds like a GREAT TIME !!!!
    Thanks for sharing this with us !!! ;)

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