Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 5 – Steve Howe’s guitars – 601

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This week Mark and I returned to Tales form topographic oceans to consider Steve Howe’s guitars, based on Mark’s expert knowledge and thanks to Geioff Bailie kindly sending us photos of the Steve Howe guitar collection book.

After recording I also heard from Nick Kokoshis that he has assembled a set of photos on Facebook all about the guitars on Tales so please see the link below to see what he has found out. You may need to join the Facebook group to view the photos.

  • What guitars did Steve Howe use for Tales and why?
  • How did he create consistency?
  • Did he use his ‘usual’ guitars?

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Nick Kokoshis’ annotated Tales guitar photos (may require joining a Facebook group to view)

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5 replies on “Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 5 – Steve Howe’s guitars – 601”

Hi, just a thought re:12 string solos.
While I conceed that they are seldom used for ‘lead’ work… Don’t forget the first half of Awaken which is all on a Rickenbaker 12 string.

Aplogies for another post guys….
I own a Variax JTV59 and a lot of the modelling is really quite good.
One of the settings emulates a Gibson 175. I also own a 175SH and find it hard to tell the difference. The big difference between the JTV and the earlier 700 models is tha the JTV has real pickups – so if your battery dies at least you can get a ‘normal’ guitar sound.

With all the mentions of sitar – probably the Danelectro Coral as played in the verse of Close to the Edge – you omitted to mention its inclusion in Revealing Science, underneath the “Skyline…Teacher” sections

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