December 30, 1928-June 2, 2008 Along with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley was one of rock n’ roll’s guitar-slinging originators. His guitar rhythms harked back to a more primitive place than
Along with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley was one of rock n’ roll’s guitar-slinging originators. His guitar rhythms harked back to a more primitive place than the swing-meets-country style of Berry; outraged parents in the fifties referring their children’s affection for “jungle music” were most likely referring to Bo Diddley. The tribal “dum de dum dum, dum dum” beat he popularized in tunes like “Bo Diddley” and “Mona” went on to drive classic rock songs, from Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” to the Who’s “Magic Bus,” as well as pop (George Michael’s “Faith”) and punk (the Clash’s “Hateful”). Says former Johnny Winter sideman Jon Paris, who accompanied Diddley on and off over the last two decades, “That beat works over a funk or a two beat groove, it is really a universal feel.” In fact, Diddley often told his drummers, “Whatever you do, don’t play the Bo Diddley beat.”
The blues would not have been the same without Diddley’s compositions like “Before You Accuse Me,” “Who Do You Love,” “I’m A Man,” “Mannish Boy,” and “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover,” and artists as diverse as Connie Francis and the New York Dolls embraced a wealth of other Diddley tunes.
Born Otha Ellas Bates in McComb, Mississippi, he was raised by his mother’s first cousin, Gussie McDaniel, who changed his name to Elias McDaniel when they moved to Chicago. In the fifties Leonard Chess signed him to his Checker label when McDaniel walked in off of the street. Depending on whom you believe, the Bo Diddley moniker was either bestowed upon him by blues artist Billy Boy Arnold or derived from the “diddley bow” – a homemade, one-string guitar of African origin. What no one disputes is that the hits started immediately, and he spent the next five decades touring in rock n’ roll package shows as well as solo.
Diddley’s rhythmic style came from a childhood as a violinist; the bowing inspired his rapid scratching of a few strings. His guitar was often tuned to open E (E, B, E, G#, B, E, low to high), and capoed to change key.
The man was almost as well known for his odd shaped guitars as for his music. In the late fifties he used a rectangular guitar, with the neck and the electronics from a Gretsch installed on a body that he constructed; Gretsch later made him a similar guitar that he nicknamed “Big B.” During the sixties he was equally enamored of another oddly shaped Gretsch, the Jupiter Thunderbird, recently re-issued and touted by Billy Gibbons as the “Billy-Bo.” In the early years these guitars were run through one of the first effects boxes – the DeArmond Model 60 Tremolo Control. Later, Australian Chris Kinman (of aftermarket pickup fame) built a version of the rectangular guitar that Diddley dubbed “The Mean Machine.” The electronics included Gibson humbuckers, as well as the circuit boards from the onboard effects that Diddley favored: an EQ, a delay and a chorus. Paris says that on one such guitar, “There were actually slits cut in the face of the guitar for the equalizer controls.” Diddley also occasionally played a synthesizer guitar.
According to Paris, these guitars reflect the man’s personality. “He really was an innovator; he brought in the blues, he brought in Caribbean, calypso and do-wop ballads. He was experimenting all the time. He was always trying to come up with new tunes and feels.”
By combining “jungle” rhythms with the modern technology of the electric guitar, Bo Diddley created a sound that thrilled the youth of post-WWII America, terrified their elders and still resonates today.
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
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- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
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A. On or before December 10, 2022.
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Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.