Electric Guitar Pickups
By the time I was sixteen I was playing guitar eight or ten hours a day. I played
lead at clubs and in concerts on the East Coast, but I was frustrated because I couldn't
get the sounds I wanted out of my Telecaster.
Then one night we played on the same billing with another group that had Robbie
Robertson on lead. He was a fantastic player, and soon after that became famous
as a member of The Band. He had a Telecaster, too, but when we played between sets,
trading off licks, I couldn't match his unique sound.
I asked him if he would open up his guitar and show me what he had inside. He did,
and the first thing that I noticed was that his pickups were different from mine.