Well i saw them by chance at Gazs Rockin Blues in Soho London and was sick as a parrot as they were doing something i was tryin to do but a lot better! Tried to get them on the Specials seaside tour but they hit big with their first single and bailed out -we even had tour t-shirts done with their name on. But i dont think the mods ,n, skins would of given them an easy ride. I was even hoping they would let me join them as i was Sir Sydney Shelf Stackered off with Dammers big time.
Very proud to say that after some time noodling around on the usual 70's blues/rock fare as a kid learning to play (Hendrix, Kossoff, Blackmore and so on...usual suspects) the first proper guitar solo I learnt note for note was Gansgters and it still falls under the fingers today. I think because it sounded so different made it more interesting and it was outside of the typical blues scale stuff. The Specials had a great guitar combination, I always thought of Lynval as the band's "Steve Cropper" (same guitar/amp too) , holding down the rhythm and was deeply jealous of the Black LP Custom you had and the total freedom to double the bass notes or just go off into a solo. Watched all the TV at the time (the 2 tone TV Special with the "A&R department" scene and Rock goes to College etc). Of course, the blurb of the day had little mention of your penchant for proper rock n roll guitar playing so I didn't go down that route (winding up in a Steely Dan/Larry Carlton rut, bad news) until discovering Duke Robillard, who takes a lot of his stuff from T Bone Walker.
I play various guitars today but have a bit of an obsession with the bigger sound of 4x10 Fender amps (A Super Reverb and Blues Deville) the downside being moving the things around. Do you use Fenders at all or still stick with the AC30's??
I ve played Fenders ,had a Telecaster custom (humbucker on it) White with black pic guard. Played that for a couple of years mid 80,s when i was in a blues group called Jumpin Bad/The Blue dogs then i switched to Gretch semi. I bought a Strat towards the end of the Tearjerkers but couldnt get on with it? lovely guitar too -sky blue 1965 i think? Used a Fender Twin for a while but found it too clean-i like a warmer blueser tone/sound as in a Vox, but sometimes for outdoor festival type gigs i prefer a Marshal as it chucks the noise out* But Vox work for me*** wears my deal!?!
Sky blue Strats - sounds like Sonic Blue, they go for shed loads of money as Lennon & Harrison both bought that colour (or rather Mal Evans did) in 1965 (lots more than the usual 3 tone sunbursts).
A mate has a Gretsch Duo-Jet, I've only tried that and a 6120 in a shop and bought a 335 instead on the day, lovely guitar. The only shame is the nitro finish and nickel hardware on all of them is not very durable. Sounds great though the Super Reverb with the 4-10's working hard.