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This time we look at Keith Richards‘ acoustic wizardry!  From that foundation he moved on to the acoustic guitar at age 12 or 13. …. For this 5-string part, Keith removed the sixth string from his Martin acoustic, just as he does Stones’ 2008 concert film Shine A Light, directed by Martin Scorsese. After the song, Keith Richards took off his guitar – one of his favorites – and gave it to Guy, a guitarist whose influence Richards has noted numerous 

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When it comes to making records and playing live, Keith is flexible classic Exile On Main St due out next week, guitarist Keith Richards is in a nostalgic mood, …. New guitar gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013) What were some of the guitar rigs that Keith and Mick Taylor used? The majority of the time  80% was the Ampeg setup. Keith had a very  What can you say about the interplay between Mick Taylor and Keith Richards? Mick would play the 

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The Keith Richards guitar sound is probably the main reason The Rolling Stones are still together. He is a founding member of “The Stones” who are one of the very few superstar bands from the 1960’s. Who are still in existance and still recording.They’ve had an amazing incredible music career.

They are known as the “Worlds Greatest Rock”n”Roll Band”…Geez…who comes up with these names some guy who worked promotions for the circus?…But anyways….The Keith Richards guitar stylings are famous for his inovative rhythm guitar playing interspersed with lead guitar playing as well.And Keith along with MickJagger are the songwriters in the band too. Ever heard of “Satisfaction”,”Wild Horses”,”Angie”…the list of hits goes on and on and Keith has written a million of em….OK…maybe not a million,but it seems like it. And I”m sure his bank account reflects it.

And about Keith Richards songwriting a musician friend of mine said…”Yeah he’s written alot of hits…. but he’s been writing the same song over and over again for the last 45 yrs.”….I think he’s just jealous of Keith.And besides Keith hasn’t written the same song over and over again for 45 yrs…..he’s changed the words in each song…..I’m just joking….I’m a big fan of the Keith Richards guitar playing. Just keep him away from the drugs….joking again….Keith has been clean and sober for years and is the well-respected elder statesman of Rock”n”Roll.

And he really has a unique guitar style,a great rhythm,and great feel. In the early days of The Stones after the declining mental state of Stones Lead Guitarist Brian Jones left him less able to contribute to the band. Keith is credited with most of the recorded guitar parts,including slide,rhytmn,and Lead guitar etc…Another thing that makes Keith unique as a rhythm guitarist is that he uses open string tunings as well as standard tunings for some of his guitar intros. Songs like “Street Fighting Man,””Brown Sugar,” have a variation on the open G tuning of GDGBE with no bottom 6 string that’s why those Stones guitar intros get that open string ringing sound.

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In this new DVD, Keith Richards and The Coolest Guitarists of All Time,Guitar World editor  Guitar World shows you how to play in the style of the great Rolling Stones guitarist. …. See what’s insideCurrent issue on sale now!Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said he wants to open a museum so Keeef has a collection of around 3,000 guitars and is considering  It was up for sale at Christie’s in 2004, but didn’t sell – reserve $400,000!But, perhaps, you don’t know some things about Keith Richards…  In Q magazine interview (2007) Wood hails Broonzy’s “Guitar Shuffle.  They are custom-made, as far as gauge goes and are not for sale to anyone else.

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The Rolling Stones have created some of the most iconic music of the past fifty years, and from the very beginning, the creative soul of the Stones has been guitarist Keith Richards and singer Mick Jagger. Typically, Keith would come up with a riff or two and maybe a lyric line or a title, Mick would come back with lyrics and a melody. Together, they would work out a song from the elements, one of hundreds they would contribute to the rock and roll canon. Their decades in the studio and on stage represent an essential part of the history of rock, just as the tales of their rock and roll excess are now the stuff of legend. While others might not have been able to achieve, or endure, such a long and storied career, Keith Richards has thrived through his love of both the music, and the tools of his trade.

Keith Richards is said to have a collection of more than 3,000 guitars of every imaginable model, but he jokes “Give me five minutes and I’ll make ‘em all sound the same.” He admits that it is probably too many guitars, since he doesn’t have enough time to play all of them, and he announced in 2008 that he wanted to open a museum. Out of all of those guitars, there are several standouts in his collection that he does play regularly, and a few historical instruments that deserve special attention. Let’s take a few minutes to look at them.

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With a music career that has now hit 50 years (The Rolling Stones performed their first gig on July 12, 1962), Keith (Keef) Richards has played just about every guitar under the sun. He puts his collection at “about 500”, which, amazingly, means he’s acquired a guitar every five weeks, on average, since 1962. Many of these have been Gibson guitars, some with legendary status. Here are just a few of the Gibson guitars Richards has riffed on.

1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst

Even some ardent Gibson Les Paul fans forget this, but Keith Richards was the first big-name guitarist to tote a Sunburst Les Paul. His most fabled was an original 1959 Les Paul Standard. The guitar was bought new in 1961 from Farmers Music Store in Luton (U.K.) by John Bowen, who played with aspiring English popsters Mike Dean & The Kinsmen. Bowen had a Bigsby vibrato fitted at Selmer’s music store in London before trading it for another guitar in 1962. Soon after, a young Keith Richards, playing guitar in a little-known band called The Rolling Stones, walked in to Selmer’s and bought it.

Richards used the ’Burst extensively in the Stones’ early days. It was seen regularly from 1964 to 1966 when Keith began to favor Les Paul Customs. Appearances on TV show Ready Steady Go and classic songs like “The Last Time” and “Satisfaction” were all played on this ’59 ’Burst.

Keef sold the guitar to Mick Taylor in 1967 – the future Stone had replaced fellow Les Paul maestros Peter Green (and before him, Eric Clapton) in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

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He hasn’t burnt out, and he ain’t going to fade away. It’s a conundrum, but after four decades of heroin, hedonism and honky tonk women, Keith Richards is still giving rock guitarists a bad name. The Stones axman laughs in the face of medical science, flicks the middle finger at the Grim Reaper and takes moral values outside for a kicking. You wouldn’t want to live next door to him, but you’d have to be a clergyman not to applaud his rock and roll credentials. And when Keef straps on his Telecaster, musical etiquette goes out of the window, along with his low E string and the television.

As reckless as the larger-than-life Richards may be, the English guitarist takes his gear seriously. He’s been closely associated with the Fender Telecaster and Twin Reverb amps since the Sixties. And though it’s likely you’re never going to recreate Keith Richards’ guitar collection—estimated to include 80 models—it is possible for you to nail his signature sound. The most efficient way is to head straight for the crux of Keef’s setup—the Telecaster. It won’t cover all the bases, but the natural twang of this model will give you a general Stones vibe.

While the standard Tele is a strictly single-coil electric, Richards’ blonde Telecaster actually has a humbucker in the neck position to give him more tonal diversity. For this reason, it’s worth investigating Fender’s Classic Series, which includes a ’72 Tele Custom for $984.99. A Classic Series 50s Telecaster will sting you slightly less at $956.99, while the Squier Standard Fat Telecaster, at $332.99, is the clear choice for budget-conscious rockers.

Ampwise, the ’65 Fender Twin reissue has 2×12 speakers, an 85-watt output and two-channel all-tube construction, making it well worth its $1,569.99 list price. If you’re on a tighter budget, Fender’s Cyber Champ range has a nicely modeled version of the Twin. For $639.99, the 65-watt model can be yours.

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The discovery of open G tuning was a revelation for Keith Richards, who wrote about the experience with awe and reverence in his autobiography Life.

Open G helped Richards create a personal sound and approach on guitar, and yielded such classic Rolling Stones songs as “Honkytonk Women,” “Brown Sugar,” “Beast of Burden,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Happy” and “Start Me Up.”

You don’t have to be a radical and remove your guitar’s low string to play in open G, the way that Richards does. However plenty of players have followed his path to good result. One example is Jim Chilson of Boston’s Ten Foot Polecats, whose five-string open G finger-picking style is just one reason that band is rising up from the blues underground.

Richards, Chilson and others remove that low string because it can cause some awkward resonating frequencies if it’s accidentally struck in open G tuning. The sacrifice, however, is that a five string guitar can’t be reset to other tunings.

So, although we’re on the road to learning the foundation of Richards’ style, in the interest of versatility please tune all six of your guitar strings thus, from low to high: D-G-D-G-B-D. That’s conventional open G tuning, the way it was first played in the Mississippi Delta many generations ago.

Being careful to avoid that pesky low D string — at least until you’ve go a good enough grip on open G to add notes on that string or create dissonances to enhance a song’s vibe — hit the top five strings sans fretting and you’ve got an open G chord. Move up to the fifth fret and you’re on the IV chord, C, and two more frets and you’re at D. That’s all you need to play a 12-bar blues like Son House’s oft-covered “Death Letter” or R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s versions of “Old Black Mattie.” Playing those IV and V chords, or any major chords in open tunings for, simply requires laying a finger across the correct fret. Nonetheless, understanding opening tunings provides a key to an alternate universe if you’ve just played in standard tuning before.

One of the keys to Richards’ style is changing the basic chord forms by pressing down on various strings with his second and third fingers. He also uses hammer-ons and pull-offs, and sliding cords, very effectively, all with a minimum amount of movement in his left hand.

Let’s take a look at “Brown Sugar.” The first chord is a high G, so moves to the 12th fret and put your index finger across the bottom five strings. Put your middle finger on the 13th fret on the second (B) string from the bottom and place your third finger on the 14th fret at the fourth (D) string from the bottom. Strike that chord once with those fingers pinning the strings and rapidly lift your middle and fourth fingers and strike the one-fingered chord. Those are the first two chords of “Brown Sugar.” Then, using the same strings, slide the three fingered chord position you’ve just used to the fifth fret, and then to the eighth fret. And now you’ve got the intro to “Brown Sugar” and a grip on the foundation of Richards’ style.

Simple as it seems, that manner of three-fingered guitar playing is at the core of many of Richards’ best compositions. Move from fret to fret and keeping working the basic changes of blues and blues-based tunes you know and you’ll get fluid fast. Start using your index finger to bend strings as you hold down chords, or the hammer and pull, and your command will grow to include interesting nuances as well.

Sure, the Rolling Stones’ songs that Richards penned in open G can easily be translated to standard tuning, but they just don’t sound quite right. So dive into open G and play “Brown Sugar” like Keef, and then let the tuning be your guide into the mysteries of the Delta and hill country blues that inspired him as well. And there’s a bonus: open G is the predominant banjo tuning, which makes learning open G on guitar a potential gateway to another instrument.