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Does anyone know what instrument this guy is playing in the intro to this song? I have been intrigued with that sound since this song first came on the radio (the 60's).

 

 

I think it was used by other bands in the era too.

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I always thought it might be a sitar, but had never seen one before seeing this video. Didn't Brian Jones play one on a Stones song once?

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Boy, you guys are young. It is in fact an electric sitar, basically an electric guitar that makes a sitar-ish sound. Kind of a one-trick pony, but fun. The one in the vid I think was made bya company named "Coral," but I couldn't say for sure.

 

 

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Yes, it is an electric sitar. It's not a Coral.

It's a Jerry Jones Baby Sitar.

http://www.jerryjonesguitars.com/images/Baby.jpg

The Coral electric sitar looked this:

http://www.jerryjonesguitars.com/images/Msitar.jpg

This one is a reproduction made by Jerry Jones.

 

The Stones video only shows Brian for a second or two, but it looks like he is playing a real sitar, not an electric version.

 

Electric sitars by Coral and Danelectro were used frequently back in the day.

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I thought it looked like Brian was playing a full size sitar too. Both are cool instruments with a unique sound. The JJ Baby Sitar sure helped make BJ Thomas' 'Hooked On A Feeling' a hit.

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I'm pretty sure that's a real sitar Brian was playing.
Yup; it was Jones' endless dubbing around with various exotic instruments instead of paying attention to guitar that contributed to the Stones' decision to drown him in that pool fire him from the band.

 

 

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I'm pretty sure that's a real sitar Brian was playing.
Yup; it was Jones' endless dubbing around with various exotic instruments instead of paying attention to guitar that contributed to the Stones' decision to drown him in that pool fire him from the band.

Ouch!!

My favorite Stones material was when Brian was still alive and one of the main things I liked was that he DID play so many instruments. They changed totally after he died.

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Yes, it is an electric sitar. It's not a Coral.

It's a Jerry Jones Baby Sitar.

http://www.jerryjonesguitars.com/images/Baby.jpg

The Coral electric sitar looked this:

http://www.jerryjonesguitars.com/images/Msitar.jpg

This one is a reproduction made by Jerry Jones.

 

Coral actually made both types; i.e., both of those Jerry Jones models are reproductions of two different older Coral models.

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My favorite atypical use of the Coral electric sitar is by Steve Howe: either "Close To The Edge" from the Yes album of the same name, or "Break Away From It All" from Steve's first solo album Beginnings.

 

But I gotta admit, I also love what became the cliched use of it, on all those 1970's soul ballads...like Chi-Lites tunes (can't remember an example right now).

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Pat Metheny Group "Last Train Home"

The video just screams VH-1 "Sunday Brunch with Bobby Rivers". Pat's Coral has been modded with new pickups and switches.

 

Other Coral sitar greatest hits:

 

The Box Tops "Cry Like A Baby"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO_Sk1B4nuU

(Lip sync TV appearance, no sitar on stage)

 

Stevie "Signed Sealed Delivered"

 

Freda Payne "Band of Gold"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-tpVZUzElE

 

No pun intended but I've been "jones-ing" for an electric sitar.

 

 

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