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For nearly three decades, Steve Walwyn has held down the groove as guitarist in Dr Feelgood. LARS MULLEN visited his home to get up close with his guitar collection, and hear him eulogise on his love of Leo Fender’s plank…


Steve with ‘The Plank’ and one of his most recent arrivals, a Rob Williams T-style
A pair of Steve’s Japan-made Fender Teles – the Candy Apple Red is a frequent live workhorse

Even before he joined Dr Feelgood 28 years ago, Steve Welwyn was a Telecaster devotee. It would have been awkward if he hadn’t been really – after all, ever since Wilko Johnson, the Tele has been the unflinching bedrock of one of Britain’s finest rhythm and blues bands ever, and remains so today.

“I just love Telecasters”, says Steve, “Especially when it has to work hard in a three-piece. I’ve played Teles throughout my career, and since ’89 when I first joined Dr Feelgood, nothing’s changed sonically since the birth of the band in ’71, there’s no stroking the strings, it’s full on.

“Like so many guitar players into blues or rock during the 70s, I’d been listening to the likes of Peter Green and Rory Gallagher. But it all changed in ’75 when a friend started kicking my door down saying ‘you gotta hear this’.

“He had a copy of Down By The Jetty, the first Dr Feelgood album. I distinctly remember how we were both excited that it was in mono, which I’m sure at the time enhanced that distinctive British R&B sound. I was blown away by Wilko Johnson’s choppy, tight rhythm playing. It was such a raw, tight three-piece sound, augmented by Lee Brilleaux’s distinctive vocals and harmonica. I’ve still got that vinyl album to this day.

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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!