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Dr._Byrthfood's picture
Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 2004
6 years ago

Does anybody know how Ricky Wilson of the B-52's got his sound? Was it simply a Mosrite and a slightly overdriven Fender?

thanks!

no no debo

cudnylon's picture
Feb 2005
7 years ago

to add on to the questions, does anyone have a list of his tunings from that B-52s book? i want to know his tunings but i don't want to spend the $24 to get it.

Dr._Byrthfood's picture
Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 2004
6 years ago

Here are the tunings from the book:

X = pull out that string

Strobe Light DADXBB
Mesopotamia DADXBB
Queen of Las Vegas DADXBB
Whammy DADXBB
Legal Tender DADXBB
Moon DADXBB
Give Me Back My Man DADXBB
Rock Lobster CFXXFF
Dance This Mess Around CFXXFF
52 Girls EADXBB
Private Idaho EBDXBB
Big Bird D#AC#XBD#
Party Out Of Bounds BADXG#C#

and I'm pretty sure Planet Claire is also EADXBB

no no debo

acoustic_frippy's picture
Map Ref 41N 93W
Sep 2005
6 years ago

Originally posted by Dr. Byrthfood
Does anybody know how Ricky Wilson of the B-52's got his sound? Was it simply a Mosrite and a slightly overdriven Fender?

thanks!

He used a 60s tele custom with a 50s neck, as well. It looked a lot like Andy Summers' tele but I cannot remember if it had a HB or SC in the neck position.

He didn't use any pedals in any of the live footage I've seen but I could always be wrong ;)

Double Helix

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