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ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons tells me "them low-down blues ain't bad"

Steve Newton, The Georgia Straight, September 1994

WHEN FAMOUS rock guitarists reminisce about their first instruments, the talk tends toward dirt-cheap acoustics with heavy strings set so high off the fretboard that it hurts just to look at them. Not with Billy Gibbons, though. The incomparable guitarman for ZZ Top got an atypical start when his father splurged and bought him a Gibson Melody Maker electric guitar and a Fender Champ amplifier for his 11th birthday.

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