Ricky Skaggs - Reluctant Telecaster Master - Ask Zac 51

April 17, 2020

Today I spotlight multi-instrumentalist, and a criminally underrated Telecaster player, Ricky Skaggs. Besides his remarkable guitar work, I also looked at the unique way that he ended up as his own Telecaster player after Ray Flacke left his band. Also, I show some great B-bender and non-bender licks.

Ricky Skaggs circa 1987 with Martin acoustic with Takamine pickup and electronics. Note the two Lab Series L9 amps to his left and right. Photo courtesy Randy Swingle

The purple Glaser built Telecaster with B-Bender. Photo Courtesy Randy Swingle.

Backstage in 1987. 1957 Telecaster, and (2) Glaser 5-string Mandocasters with benders. Photo courtesy Randy Swingle.

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Gear used in Video:

1982 Kubicki Tele body with Danocaster soft V maple neck

Glaser B-Bender circa 1996

APC Adder (Neck) Ron Ellis 60T (Bridge)

Strings: D'Addario 9.5-44 XL120+

Pick:Blue Chip TPR 35 RB

Amp:1967 Deluxe Reverb amp with Celestion V30 speaker

Effects used:

Mirage compressor pedal

Boss DD-2 Delay

TC Chorus circa 1980

9v power via Truetone CS6