Les Paul Legends: Peter Green

First coming to prominence as a blues guitarist in the band, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green had already made a name for himself in the music world when he made the decision to form his own band.PETER GREEN SQ

When Green formed Fleetwood Mac he poached members of John Mayall’s band.

Not your household name, Green was a musical superstar to his peers. Hey, when you have the likes of B.B. King saying, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats,” you know you’re getting noticed!

Green’s guitar of choice was a 1959 Les Paul. After a few modifications to his guitar, Green found his sound when a magnet in his neck pickup was reversed. It created a unique effect that became his trademark sound. That said, Green was an amazing player, inventive, and his guitar tone was to die for.

Disappearing in and out of the limelight and struggling with mental illness issues for many years, Green rarely plays live today, but his legacy lives on. Such was Green’s influence, Gary Moore, another legendary Les Paul guitarist, made the album called Blues for Greeny in homage to his friend. Huge praise indeed, from another one of the guitar playing greats.

 

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