The Rolling Stones Instruments Chronicled In Massive New Book
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Rolling Stones Instruments Chronicled In Massive New Book
Newly released is arguably the most important book that will ever be written about the Rolling Stones’ musical equipment. The massive Rolling Stones Gear: All The Stones' Instruments From Stage To Studio, chronicles a half century of Stones guitars, drums, basses, keyboards, amps, and PA’s -- with photos of most of the instruments courtesy of the band themselves. The book is by one of rock’s top historians, musician Andy Babiuk -- the man behind the equally tremendous Beatles Gear book from a few years back, who is helped out this time by his Chesterfield Kings bandmate Greg Prevost.
What makes the book a must have for Stones fans is that every era is covered in excruciating detail with every instrument used either on a demo, a studio master, or a live concert documented within the 672- page oversized tome.
Although late-Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones will always be tied to his iconic Vox Mark III Teardrop guitar, we asked Andy Babiuk what he considers bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts' single most important instruments: "I think for Bill Wyman, it would be his first instrument, which is really that Dallas Tuxedo customized fretless. ‘Cause that was really used on a lot of records -- and not just early on. It was used on later stuff -- much later. I think without a doubt, Charlie’s Gretsch kit that he got in ’78, that’s really an important kit, ‘cause it was used so much and he still holds that to high esteem as being, like, very precious, and it does sound good -- it’s a great sounding kit."

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