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Watch the Tools: Guitars online guitar lesson by BJ Baartmans from Slapback, Billy & Twang Guidebook

Most often big hollowbody electric guitars are associated with the sound of 50's rockabilly and rock & roll. Funny enough, I think it's mainly because Brian Setzer used a 6120 Gretsch in the early 80's with the Stray Cats to start a huge rockabilly revival. His hero Eddie Cochran used a similar guitar. But if you look at the most defining players of the era, you get a different picture: James Burton and Paul Burlison used a Fender Telecaster, Carl Perkins used a Les Paul, and Chuck Berry a Gibson 345. Buddy Holly used a Strat and Cliff Gallup used a small solidbody Gretsch 6131 on all the Gene Vincent recordings. Scotty Moore used a Gibson 295 on the Elvis Sun recordings.