Every guitar has a unique harmonic fingerprint, and it plays a recognition factor in any given song. Also, playing the same guitar is sort of like bringing the studio out on the road. For example, I’m playing a 1961 Les Paul SG on “Friends, Lovers or Nothing.” There’s not really any other guitar that’s gonna deliver that sound.
Friends, Lovers or Nothing
Interview in Guitar World magazine
Published in Guitar World (February 2010)
Interview in Guitarist magazine
Conducted by Mick Taylor (Issue 327)
My favorite guitar right now is this Les Paul SG - you know what I'm talking about?
MT: The '61?
JM: Yeah, '61 something like that, such a cool guitar.
MT: That's a very different vibe for you, compared with the usual Strats?
JM: Yeah, like I said, I've sort of pulled out of the muscular, kinda' atom bomb guitar playing. It's more fun for me now to… like the lead line in "Friends Lovers or Nothing" - I take more pride in having composed that than in having recited an Albert King thing on top of another composition.
[Sings the melody]. It's really a sweet, sweet melody, it's almost kinda corny, and I really enjoyed double-tracking it for that sort of Harrison-esque tone.
Excerpted from Interview in Guitarist magazine >