Andy’s Five Favorite Guitar Solos!
It can happen over the phone, over email, or face to face—but at least once a week, I’m involved in a conversation that goes something like this (for drama’s sake, we’ll set this up as a customer calling in to PGS with me taking the call):
PGS Fitz: Thanks for calling Pro Guitar Shop, how can I help?
Caller: Yeah, hi, I had a question about overdrives?!
PGS Fitz: Sure. What kind of tone are you looking for?
Caller: Well, there was this one video that Andy did, and—hey wait, does Andy actually work there?! Like, is he there right now?! Can I talk to him?! What’s his favorite overdrive?!
Several times a week, we get passed wonderful compliments about PGS Andy and rightfully so! We’re lucky and proud to have him onboard here at PGS—he’s a wealth of knowledge and inspiration (in addition to being an alright dude). This week in Andy’s Corner, we thought we’d ask the man himself what his FIVE favorite guitar solos are. Come on, you’re curious, right?!!! Read on!
PGS Andy’s Top 5 Favorite Guitar Solos!
1. "Machine Gun" - Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys)
The very first note just soars with an undulating Univibe behind it. I get goosebumps every time I hear it.
2. "Ten Years Gone" - Led Zeppelin (02:30)
I love the fuzzy phase tone on this one and how Page just takes his time rather than trying to blaze through it.
3. "Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie (03:18)
This is the epic live version from the Ziggy Stardust film featuring Mick Ronson with a stellar combo of fuzz, wah and echo. Freak out…far out.
4. "Heaven and Hell" - the Who (Live at Leeds) (01:55)
Townshend locks in tight with the band and his Superfuzz tone always has me intrigued.
5. "Impossible Germany" - Wilco (02:44)
Nels Cline is one of my current guitar heroes. This solo starts with very reserved, jazzy licks and ends with his signature frantic style.
As always, thanks for reading! See you next time in the Corner! - PGS Fitz