Wisdom from a master guitarist.

Over the last 40 years, Robben Ford has established himself in the somewhat gray area between gutbucket blues, exploratory jazz, and soulful R&B. His latest album, Into the Sun, is a guest-filled affair with cameos by Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, and pop/rock chanteuse ZZ Ward. Ford recently took over the Premier Guitar Facebook page to answer questions for nearly an hour. Here are some gems about his favorite gear, working with Miles Davis, and how he keeps things fresh.

1. Ford’s earliest influences aren’t exactly surprising.
“My first guitar hero was Mike Bloomfield. In the jazz world, I’d have to say Jim Hall—and B.B. King is definitely the King! Jimi Hendrix is a unique stylist of the electric guitar, and is a huge influence on my rhythm playing.”

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