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Tommy Bolin, anyone?


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In all my many years as a guitarist, it seems it is so seldom anyone brings up Tommy Bolin's name when discussing influential guitar players.

 

While he did play with The James Gang and Deep Purple, it is his work on Billy Cobham's " Spectrum" album that was a big influence for me and all the guitar players in my area, at the time.

 

Just wondered how many of you folks have heard that album and whether you also found his work on that rather good.

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I kept listenin to Spectrum for days when it first came out. I think that Bolin had a very original approach to the guitar. Too bad he hadn't time to develop it further.
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Aw yeah! Tommy Bolin was great. I loved pretty much all of the Teaser album, and Private eyes was outstanding too. I didn't hear the Cobham album much, just skipped over it somehow. What I did hear was state of the art fusion; no one has anything on his playing. yeah, wish he hadn't gotten on speedball. That was the same stuff that killed John Belushi, if I am not mistaken.

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Yeah the Cobham " Spectrum" album is great. It is available for download on iTunes for around $9.99.

 

What I dug so much is that he was such a rock player but he fit in so well with Cobham and I would suspect the high level of taleny on that album drove him to really strive to do well. The energy is awesome and he just wrings the notes outa his axe. Jan Hammer plays so guitar like as well, the interplay is great.

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Not to resurrect an old argument, but Bolin couldn't read music. I rememebr readina interview with him before he died, talking about the Cobham album, and he told Cobham sevral times he culdn't read music, and Cobham said that didn't matter if he could play. Obviously, he could....

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An image is worth a thousand words...

 

http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_jamesgang_rehearsal.jpg

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Originally posted by Dreamer:

An image is worth a thousand words...

 

http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_jamesgang_rehearsal.jpg

:cool::cool: The good ol days...look a strat

with a tele neck...like Jimi :love:

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With Dr. John: http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_tommy_drjohn.jpg
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With Zephyr:

 

http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_tommy_zephyr_1969.jpg

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http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_tommy_privateeyes_bio.jpg
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With Deep Purple:

 

http://www.tbolin.com/images/gallery/pic_dp_1.jpg

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Tommy's gear:

 

http://www.angelfire.com/ny/bolinfan/images/strat/Mvc-001f.jpg

 

The guitar and amplifier have been in the hands of private collectors for many years. The Hiwatt rig was purchased from Tommy's parents in 1977 by Willie Dixon. The Strat was given to guitar tech David Brown by Tommy's family following his funeral in December, 1976, and later sold to a collector in Colorado.

 

The guitar is a black 1974 Stratocaster that David Brown remembers was purchased from Manny's Music in NYC using advance money from Columbia Records. Tommy sanded and oiled the 3 bolt maple neck. It has the famous fat headstock, bullet trussrod, chrome pickguard, and tremolo arm.

 

The 100 watt Hiwatt amp is a DR-103, made in England in 1972. It has ENERGY stenciled in gold on top of the head. The two 4 x 12 cabinets are made by Sound City, and are equipped with 12 inch Dallas-Arbiter speakers.

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http://www.tbolin.com/weeklypics/pic_tommy_and_bartle.jpg

 

"Everyone knows about the two Fender Strats - the Sunburst and the wood finish one with a Telecaster neck. There's the Les Paul with Bigsby, and I've seen a live photo of the man with an Explorer, thought to be an Ibanez. A Gibson SG was used earlier on as well as a two Fender amp set up -probably Twins.

 

He used the Sunburst Strat and the Les Paul when I saw him. Amps with at least Deep Purple were 3 X Hiwatt 100's and six SoundCity cabs. An Echoplex-of course phaser/flanger (Not sure but i dont think it was MXR or Electroharmonix) used in the James gang as well.

 

Ernie ball super slinky strings (9's), Ernie ball pinky sliders (bottleneck).

 

Not sure about the Distortion pedal - I've seen reference to a 'Sam Ash' fuzz pedal-but I don't know which period he used that in. I did read an article once which went into how he used his distortion pedal wah-wah (Crybaby I presume). He also used a Leslie rotating speaker cabinet in the studio on Stratus and on the Miami album (Spanish Lover). The article I read went into the fact that he set the tone on the pedal opposite to the way he had the tone on his amp but I'm not sure whether it was the amp which was brighter or the pedal - someone probably knows the article in question - it was in guitar world or guitar player several years ago".

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