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16 September 2011
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Anything from a string quartet - I think an orchestra can change music in a song more then anything. Take a listen to this -River Man by Nick Drake. Listen to those drooping strings - and that acoustic? Forget about it. Acoustic guitar is number 2 for me, especially ion something like, oh, I don't know, The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana's Unplugged version).

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Guitar. ["I don't want to spoil the party" "I've just seen a face" "The Night Before" "Taxman" "Octopus Garden" "I want you" "Nowhere Man" "Blackbird" ....]

GniknuS, have you heard Stevie Winwood's body of work (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, etc...)? It's all Hammond organ.

When he played at Madison Square Garden couple of years ago with Eric Clapton he had his Hammond on stage.

And that's Stevie Winwood's Hammond organ on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile."

I agree, that's a real specific sound.

Mr. Sun King, what do you think of the acoustic guitar work on McCartney's post-Beatle work? ["Dress me up as a robber" "Jenny Wren" "A Certain Softness" - which ones am I my forgetting?]

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Some monophonic synths sounded absolutely awful though - like standing next to a pneumatic drill. Others sounded great. Can't fault those Hammond B3s though.

But my vote - today at least - goes to a well-played acoustic guitar. I once did a bit of work with this guy - he was only 18 at the time but played astonishingly well. It was a delight to be in the same room and listen to him play.

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It's a great question, Gnik.

For me, it's whatever instrument happens to "pop" on any given track. The bass on songs like "Rain", "Paperback Writer" and Cream's live version of "Crossroads" - the bagpipes on Wings' "Mull Of Kintyre" - acoustic guitar on just about any Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers song (ya gotta hear Little Martha) - the organ on Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" - the list goes on...

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