The Guitar Played on “Blue Suede Shoes” By Carl Perkins Identified by Vince Gordon of The Rockabilly Guitar Page

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The guitars played by Rockabilly King Carl Perkins on “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Honey Don’t” and “Matchbox” have been identified by guitar player and editor of The Rockabilly Guitar Page, Vince Gordon by research and interviews with members from the Perkins family and former bandmembers of Carl Perkins.

Carl ”Blue Suede Shoes” Perkins is known amongst musicians for having played what seems like a thousand different guitars. Until now no one really knew which guitars were used on his hit-records like “Blue Suede Shoes” also covered by Elvis Presley, “Honey Don’t” also covered by The Beatles and “Matchbox” which has turned into a rockabilly evergreen.

An investigative article by rockabilly guitarist Vince Gordon, now answers these questions and also offers an explanation to why Carl Perkins indeed changed guitar so many times. Jerry Elston, rhythm guitarist of Carl Perkins' Road band, CP Express says "He changed guitars several times looking for a sound and a look. He would use different guitars for different sounds". He also reveals that while Carl Perkins liked the sound of Fender Stratocasters, he felt the middle pick-up got in the way when playing in what Carl Perkins called "the comfort zone".

The article also reveals what Carl Perkins all time favourite guitar was, after having tried out almost all available brands. See what strings he played (are still available today), and see a picture gallery of his many guitars.

Vince Gordon about the article: “As a guitarist and fan of Carl Perkins I was always interested in knowing what guitar he played. From speaking to other guitarists I found out that many would like to know, but no one really knew anything for certain. The reason being that he's seen playing so many very different guitars in almost as many photos”.

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