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BB King's electric guitar playing commended

BB King playing a Gibson Lucille Electric Guitar
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br /> One of the US's leading roots guitarists has praised the technique used by BB King to get his unique sound.

According to Duke Robillard, the blues legend manages to keep a note ringing on his electric guitar without using feedback.

This, he said, is achieved simply by bending the last note and applying a finger vibrato technique, which gives his Gibson a natural sustain.

"That's a cool sound and it's not always easy to get," Robbillard commented.

"It's just from having the amp turned up."

Robillard added that King uses a much thicker and fatter tone than the one he favoured in the past.

He said this has been achieved by setting the VariTone on his electric guitar - Lucille - to the first position, which "beefs his sound up".

This comes shortly after 83-year-old King told Music Radar that his first ever guitar was a Gibson, as it was the only one he could afford at the start of his career.

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Posted on 2 Jun 2009 12:02 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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