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Trippiest Psychedelic Blues

Inspired by a trip to San Francisco, Joe and Matt sit down to talk about the best psychedelic blues from the 60s and beyond. The music got trippy in those days – adding new sounds, new lyrics and new forms to stretch the meaning of the blues.

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Five Iconic American Guitars And The Men Who Helped Make Them Famous

For this independence day weekend, we’re talking about iconic American guitars and the people who helped make them famous. We can’t get to all the great guitars made here in the states, so we picked five instruments that you’ll recognize by their look and their sound: the Gibson Les Paul, 355 and Flying V and the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster. We’ll listen to five American musicians who have made their name on these instruments and marvel at how they took an inanimate object of wood and metal and gave it life.

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To Wah Or Not To Wah?

When Joe Bonamassa was eight years old, he saved up his birthday money from his family and bought his first guitar effect: the wah-wah pedal. Designed in the 1960s to imitate the sound of a muted trumpet, the wah-wah quickly became guitarists go-to effect, especially when they heard Jimi Hendrix play “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” On this episode of the Pickup, you’ll get a bit of history about the wah-wah, meet some of the masters of the pedal and hear a warning from Joe about what happens when it falls into the wrong hands. Or feet.

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Buddy Holly trying in vain to turn it up on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jimi Hendrix burning it at Monterey. Hank Marvin getting the first one ever in the United Kingdom. Fender’s Stratocaster was the guitar that helped start the rock ‘n’ roll revolution around the world. On this episode of the Pickup, Joe counts down his favorite Strat players and explains why you never go up against a Russian oil oligarch at a guitar auction!

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