Robert Fripp expressed his opinions on guitar gear, as well as the release of his latest book on guitar playing, The guitar circle.
In an interview with Guitaristthe King Crimson guitarist shared his thoughts on guitars, amps and pedals, noting that he has “no interest in gear”.
“Whatever guitar, whatever amp I use, I’ll get my sound,” Fripp said. “Here is an example. I went to see Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at Carnegie Hall: wow, breathtaking. Herbie Hancock at left. They switched places and played, and their sounds went with them. I still don’t understand that. How is it possible ? It cannot be the sound of the piano that changes. Is the sound of the piano the sound of a piano?
Although he has little interest in guitar hardware, Fripp has discussed some of the amplification solutions he uses with King Crimson and for his own playing.
“With Crimson I use the Axe-Fx, which is very good. For basic work that I can do myself without an engineering team, I use a Helix. Why? Because Jakko [Jakszyk] uses a Helix and if you’re working in a party with another character, you’re aiming for compatibility. The other thing is he can tell me how to do it.
This more traditional approach to guitar playing certainly stems from guitar craft which was a series of lessons started by Fripp in March 1985 aimed at teaching others the craft of playing the guitar and developing “personal discipline”.
In more recent news, it was revealed that Fripp will publish a book on September 1 titled The guitar circle – which will be “essentially a report on the history of Guitar Craft in the Guitar Circle”.