Keith Richards Guitars

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  1. Tassel

    Tassel Senior Member

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    Ok, I'm gonna give a basic rundown of Keef's guitars and if anyone else knows of any others please add....
    1. 'Micawber' is probably one of Keith’s most famous trademark guitars and is a 1953 Fender Telecaster Blonde. Micawber is named after a Charles Dickens character, no one is exactly sure why. Keith’s had this guitar since Exile On Main St. This guitar is kept in Open G tuning...

    • 'Micawber' is used on songs like Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Women.

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    2. 'Malcolm' is a 1954 Fender Telecaster with natural finish. Also kept in Open G tuning.

    • 'Malcolm' is used on You Got Me Rockin’.

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    3. 'Sonny' is a 1966 Fender Telecaster Sunburst.
    • 'Sonny' is famous for Tumbling Dice, You Can't Always Get What You Want

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    4. 'Dice' is a 1957 Gibson Les Paul TV Model Yellow. Starbuck says it’s a double cutaway and is always used on Midnight Rambler with a capo on the 7th fret.

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    5. 'Dwight' is a White 1964 Gibson ES-345 Stereo.

    • 'Dwight' is heard on Let’s Spend The Night Together and Get Off My Cloud

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    6. #6 is a 1959 Black Gibson ES-355 Mono (some folks say it’s a ’60, but Pierre De Beauport, Keith’s guitar tech, says it’s a ’59)

    • The ES-355 Mono Black Keith uses on Satisfaction, Oh No Not You Again, She's So Cold, Nearness Of You and Little T&A.

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    7. #7 is a 1975 Black Telecaster Custom.

    • Tele Custom is used on Jumping Jack Flash most of the time

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    8. #8 is a 1957 Fender Stratocaster 'Mary Kay' Blonde with Gold Hardware.

    • ‘57 Stratocaster is used on Miss You and Under My Thumb. Keith, Mick and Ronnie all play Stratocasters on Miss You.

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    9. #9 is a 1964 Martin acoustic.

    • ’64 Martin Acoustic is used for Keith’s ballads like The Worst, as well as Ruby Tuesday, Angie, etc.

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    10. #10 is a 2006 Guild Custom 10 String acoustic.

    • 2006 Guild Custom 10 String Acoustic is used on Wild Horses, in place of the 12 string Keith used to use before.

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    11. #11 is a new Zemaitis with the skull & crossbones design (like the original one that was stolen in the late 70’s) which was used during recent tours on Sway.

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    I think this is a picture of the original--[​IMG]

    These are recent tours---but i'd like to see some pics and information on the older ones (like hyde park era late 1960's-early 1970's) I have seen pics of him playing an sg on honky tonk women also...
     
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    Thanks for posting, great stuff. :thumb:
     
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    Dan Senior Member

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    Great post, really enjoyed it :thumb:
     
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    Thanks a lot!

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    Thanks!
     
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    The most complete documentation of the Rolling Stones' guitars you can get to date.
    I've contributetd a little bit to it over there.
     
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    I WANT A 70s TELECASTER CUSTOM SOOOOO BAD!

    I just thought I should let you all know that, anyone has one for sale like Keith's black with original Seth Lover neck pickup?

    The Fender Custom Shop just did a limited run, I think they would probably be even better then an original. Even more rare though. Oh Dear god how I love Telecasters, I know this is a Les Paul forum, but they are just the best guitars ever!
     
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    Very informative, thank for this!

    The original rock star right there
     
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    Here are a few other Keith guitars
    first his Burst he owned in the 60's, a bit stripped

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    a Historic collection, he used on the Urban Jungle Tour
    Ronnie with a very nice TV Special

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    that Historic during a sound check

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    hope you enjoy


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    What a blast! Thanks much.
     
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    Killer Thread!!! Im not real up to date with Fender's comings and goings, but does anyone know if they make an "American" Tele with the sngle bridge pickup and neck humbucker ? Again thanks for the thread!
     
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    I love the Tele's, great thread :thumb:
     
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    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vintage-les-pauls/---that's the sg that I talked about him playing on honky tonk women at hyde park...

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