his aging process. But this does not discount the fact of Keith’s accomplishments.
|1965 Shindig Show|
The Stones admired these old Blues-men and recorded their songs.
It was Brian Jones that put the group together. In the early days, he determined their musical path. Sadly he was fired from the group and tragically died soon afterward.
Like other British Invasion bands their choice of instruments was based on the availability in the UK. In those years following World War II the tariffs on imported products, including guitars was very high.
a 1959 Gibson Les Paul with a Bigsby Vibrato.
Those days are long gone and it is rumored that Keith Richards has amassed a collection of nearly 3,000 instruments.
|Pierre De Beauport|
Micawber is named after a Charles Dickens character. This is a 1953 blonde Fender Telecaster and a very unique guitar. Keith has it set up with only five strings. He tunes this guitar to G-B-D-B-D (low to high) and never uses a capo on it.
This guitar sports a full sized humbucker in the neck position that has the pole pieces away from the neck. The bridge pickup is a Tele pickup with the pole piece removed that would go under the sixth string. The bridge plate and saddle appear to be made of brass.
There are only five bridge saddles on Keith’s guitar. However there are six tuning pegs and they do not look like the original Klusons. The neck is maple.
His back-up Telecaster is named Malcolm. It is a1954 model that is set up in a similar manner to Keith number one go-to guitar. This guitar is also kept in open G tuning.
Keith also plays a 1966 sunburst Fender Telecaster that he has named Sonny, because of its sunburst finish. This guitar is set up in the same manner as the others and is likewise kept in open G tuning.
|Keith with 1957 Telecaster|
original Zemaitis had skull and cross-bone designs engraved on it. The original Zemaitis came with the usual engrave metal body covering.
He and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg painted that one. It is now owned by a U.K. collector.
He bought two more Les Paul Customs in 1969 for a Stones tour. He kept one in standard tuning and the other in G tuning for Jumpin' Jack Flash. These were both stolen in 1971.
Gibson Hummingbird guitars. He played these at home or in hotel rooms on tour. These were songwriting guitars.
Fender Twin amplifiers. In fact he owns and plays through one of the original Twins that has the serial number 00003. He plays through two Twins at a time. He also uses an old Oahu amplifier.
a portable cassette tape player.
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Here is Keith playing a Music Man guitar.