Herb Ellis on his thought process while playing guitar.
Herb Ellis on his first guitar.
Herb Ellis discusses his ability to perform to a crowd.
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Q: “Was your first instrument sort of the Sears catalogue Silvertone with the tassle?”
A: Herb Ellis: “It was a Silvertone, right out of the catalog with the little amplifier and it had a pick-up column, Amperite pick up, I remember and it was something that you stuck onto the guitar, onto an acoustic guitar and when you hit the guitar, it would make a noise boom and it was awful. But it was all you could get at that time, you know.”
Interviewer: “Yeah, yeah.”
Herb Ellis: “Later on, I've got a Charlie Christian-type guitar as soon as I could.”