About this deal
The eleven separate records which compose "Blue Guitars" could as well stand on their own; in combination, however, they provide a journey through the different epochs of the Blues, showing the various components that have been added to the original African Blues over time, the changes in instrumentation, style, lyrical expression and thematic implications. If two pickups are on and one is reverse phased, the resulting tone is minus the sonic elements that are shared by both pickups.
Credit is provided by a panel of lenders with whom we have a commercial relationship (so we cannot provide independent advice). From Chris' first guitar, a 28 British Pound Hofner Solid to a blue '62 Strat and various dobros back to a forefather of the guitar, the banjo and even farther back in time, to the kora, Rea even steps outside stylistic periods and adds a Fender Remolux and Supra Baby to let the song rather than style or period dictate the arrangement. Thanks for telling your story and for clarifying that I underestimated the number of guitars in Scott's collection. albums took me the best part of a year to work through them all a few times and pick out what I liked and was less fussed over.
What I find somewhat interesting is that he achieves this with surprisingly ordinary gear - mostly Strats (Fenders and Squiers), Fender Blues Junior III (a pair of), a TubeScreamer, Boss delay, and Boss chorus.
All of these great luthiers saw this as a friendly competition, and as a result they went beyond anything they’d ever done. Several live exhibitions of the album's artwork paintings were held, like in October 2005 at The Cork Street Gallery, Central London, England,  and Spazio Oikos, Milan, Italy.SCAMMER WARNING: Due to a spate of recent scam attempts (some successful) recently, if you're doing a deal in the classifieds, ONLY USE PAYPAL GOODS AND SERVICES UNLESS YOU KNOW THAT INDIVIDUAL PERSONALLY. Three pickups may not be that unusual but two sets of switches certainly are (white here, same colour as on Brian's red special); the higher placed set turns the pickup on/off and the lower set is for in/out phase reversal. Non-personalized content and ads are influenced by things like the content you’re currently viewing and your location (ad serving is based on general location). Thereby Chris Rea and his band imitate the various styles and lyrical topics, creating an instantly recognizable atmosphere on each record, with the first few songs usually setting up the direction in which the record is going and then developing to various styles within the field of each record.
After Scott Chinery’s passing in 2000, the guitars remained with the Chinery family until 2021, when they were acquired by the Archtop Foundation.
The music is comprehensive and quite unique - some of the tracks/Cds take abit of getting used to though! He just wanted to get down on record the variety of blues that he enjoyed, hence the different styles per disc. If so inspired, playing over 10 hours of this music straight through keeps the mind focused because each song is fascinating in its own right. Being quite obsessive by temperament, Rea had to get to the bottom of this phenomenon so he went out and bought almost every book on the subject extant. During the process of writing and rehearsing the songs with the band over and over until perfect, Chris still finds time for more.