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Bob Bain (1924 – 2018) – Studio Guitarist –…

Bob Bain has played the guitar as a studio guitarist since the early 1950s, and he was active as a guitar player until recently. Bob passed away at the age of 94 in June 2018.

Fretboard Journal has published a great post about Bob Bain including a set of videos filmed in 2017, together with Bill Frisell and Dennis Budimir.

I enjoyed reading about Bill Bain who played the guitar for so many movies and TV shows like Bonanza, Peter Gunn, M.A.S.H. or The Pink Panther. And I enjoyed listening to some great examples of the music played by Bob Bain.

As a studio guitarist Bob Bain had to play all kind of plucked instruments, beginning with the typical rhythm guitar used in Jazz bands of the 50s (his prewar Gibson L-5), Rock guitars in the 60s and 70s (his Fender Telecaster), acoustic guitar (Martion O-18), 12-string guitar, banjo, mandolin – as a studio guitarist you must always be prepared – and be at the right place at the right time.

I have added the links to some great interviews with BobBain at the end of thisd post where you can read great stories about guitars, movies, singers and bands.

Playlist Bob Bain

Fretboard Journal: Remembering Bob Bain: 1924 – 2018

In the following interview from 2014 Bob tells many details about his work as a studio guitarist:

Bob Bain – the famous American Guitarist is Interviewed

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve heard the guitar of Bob Bain. In all reality, you couldn’t miss it. Starting in the 1950’s and through the 80’s (not counting today’s re-runs or syndicated programming), if you watched television shows like Peter Gunn, Bonanza, Mission Impossible, The Munsters and M.A.S.H., it was Bob Bain’s guitar that you heard on the themes. For 22 years, Bob was a fixture along with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band during the Johnny Carson era on NBC. But you’ve also heard his work in movies like Thoroughly Modern Millie and on recordings with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. Bob has also recorded several albums of his own on Capitol Records, recorded with the group Guitars Unlimited, and produced a couple of releases by jazz pianist Junior Mance.

vintageguitar.com:  Bob Bain – The Silent Giant

Guitar Player: Bob Bain’s Legendary Studio Sessions

What would you typically bring to studio dates?

It would depend. In the early days with the orchestras, I’d just bring the L-5, because, nine times out of ten, you were playing strictly rhythm, and you didn’t need an electric. Then, electric guitar got more popular, and I’d carry an electric, an acoustic, and my amp in the trunk of my car. I’d always have a banjo, a mandolin, and a ukulele around, as well. I’d also bring a Yamaha 12-string when 12-strings became popular. Eventually, when we sent road cases to studio dates, I added a gut string—a Rodriguez or a Martin—a mandola, a bouzouki, and an electric sitar. For amps, I used a Fender Twin, then a Fender Bassman for a while, a Benson—which was invented by Howard Roberts and Ron Benson—and, finally, a Fender Princeton Reverb.

Tracks at archive.org

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The Invention of the Electric Guitar – Great Online…

Electric guitars were first used during the 1930s, today an electric guitar can be found in almost every rock band.

A great online feature about the invention of the electric guitar can be found at the site of the Lemelson Center:

Sometimes, but typically it is a far more complex process. Amplifying the sound of a guitar by means of electricity, for example, involved many inventors and musicians working since the 1920s to develop, design, and popularize a louder instrument.

The electric guitar may be the most important and popular instrument of the last half-century in American music. Certainly its introduction brought a major change to American musical technology and has shaped the sound and direction of modern musical styles.

http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/index.htm

About the Lemelson Center

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History through a generous gift from the Lemelson Foundation.

The Lemelson Center’s mission:

  • To document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation
  • To encourage inventive creativity in young people
  • To foster an appreciation for the central role of invention and innovation in the history of the United States

In the archive of British Pathe you can find movies with some of the first electric guitars in the world. I have previously written about those videos (see below). For this post I have selected a movie about the making of an electric guitar in Great Britain in 1965:

GUITAR FACTORY (1965)

History of the Guitar – Playlist

Additional information

More historical movies about electric guitars on the site of British Pathe:

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Helliver Guitars – Beautiful Electric Guitars from Germany

This week I have a beautiful guitar on my Alfred’s Guitar Calender, so I thought I should find out more about this guitar and its maker.

Is a Helliver F guitar, built in a small workshop in Münster in Germany.  Only about 25 guitars are built every year. A slideshow of many guitars built by Helliver can be seen in the following video:

Helliver Guitars – Slideshow

A short TV report about Helliver guitars

Helliver Guitars – German TV

German Blues guitarist Gregor Hilden has developed his own Gregor Hilden Signature Model with Helliver and has a set of videos with this instrument – this is the first one:

Helliver “Gregor Hilden Signature” Model Part1 (Fender Amp)

Links about Helliver Guitars

Homepage: http://www.helliver.de/

Myspace page of Helliver Guitars: http://www.myspace.com/helliver_guitars

Report about  Helliver Guitars (German): http://www.einslive.de/magazin/specials/2009/anders_arbeiten/e_gitarrenbauer.jsp

another blog about Helliver Guitars: http://guitarz.blogspot.com/2010/04/helliver-guitars-made-in-germany_30.html

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The Early Electric Guitar / Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar…

The history of the electric guitar began in the early 1930s. Especially the Hawaiian lap steel guitar was electrified and used by several Hawaiian bands of the time. British Pathé has documented such performances, those are certainly very interesting documents for the history of the elctric guitar.

Rudy Starita 22/06/1936

Now Pathetone has pleasure in presenting the popular radio and variety band leader Rudy Starita with the newest in musical instruments, the electric guitar.

M/S of Rudy Starita introducing the electric guitar

“Hello folks, let me introduce the electric steel guitar, for the first time, featuring some Hawaiian song”

The video shows some closeup views of this electric steel guitar and also of the amp.

EDDIE PEABODY AND HIS BEACHCOMBERS

EDDIE PEABODY 10/10/1938

Eddie Peabody shows  ‘The Electraphone’ – his all-electric string band – and tries out each electric guitar so we can hear the sound they make individually.

Eddie’s band, The Beachcombers, enter wearing sailor suits and start to play the instruments – the electric ones being left on a central table as if drawing their power from it! (Probably didn’t have any flexes.)

It looks like the Electraphone was a complete “electric music box” with electric guitar, electric mandolin, electric banjo and electric steel guitar all mounted to a table. The table beneath the instruments did obviously contain the amp and the loudspeakers, no cables are visible. The table has two logos “VEGA” on it and the inscription: All Electric.

 

Al Shaw 28/09/1939

M/S as Al Shaw tells a story about his holiday and uses his electric guitar to create the sound effects, such as train, dog, car, seagulls and ship. Various shots of trains and ships to highlight the story.

Al Shaw uses the electric steel guitar to produce special sounds to illustrate his story. He makes use of the volume control to modify the sounds. The instrument he uses looks exactly like the one used by Rudy Starita in the first video.

More infromation about the history of the electric guitar can be found in the wikipedia: electric guitar


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