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Eddie Roberts

The New Mastersounds

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Eddie Roberts by John Margaretten

Eddie Roberts is a blindingly good guitarist. As I once tipsily gushed at him on Jam Cruise, “The way you play makes me believe you just think faster and more smoothly than the other monkeys out there.” The New Mastersounds guitarist simply offered a cocked eyebrow and a slight smile. One thing Roberts does not lack is confidence, and his command of his instrument and the flow and rush of his band, particularly onstage, is something special. In another cat, it’d come off as cocky but Roberts has the skills to pay whatever bills are served up, his playing offering happy flashes of Leo Nocentelli, Melvin Sparks and Grant Green. The texture and tone of his work – equal measures super clean and growlingly nasty – is as important as the undeniable technical ballsiness he displays, and while others may not hear it, these ears catch some of Paul Weller’s gift for instinctive tastiness and riff consciousness. Eddie’s also an increasingly strong vocalist on the group’s most recent studio foray, Breaks From The Border, where he also offers a taste of his phenomenal tambourine talents – a much, much harder instrument to make swing and interlock with others than most understand. Still, it’s Roberts six-string prowess that will likely cement him in most folks’ minds, and as such we asked Eddie to tackle the Impound’s guitarist survey.

Favorite effects pedal? Why?
Cry Baby wah-wah. Why? Just listen to it! It makes the guitar human.
Tastiest guitarist — i.e. not just soloing but also overall playing — currently working six-strings?
Grant Green
A guitar solo I never get tired of listening to is…
“Sunny” by Wes Montgomery
Preferred brand of axe? Why?
Gibson – warmth, beauty, longevity
AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead or The Byrds – which one gives you the biggest guitar boner? What makes them SO sweet?
The Byrds…jangle jangle jangle…
One lesser known guitarist folks should check out is…
Gabor Szabo
What aspect of being a guitarist always makes you happy?
Watching a drummer set up.