The secrets behind Ernie Isley’s guitar tone on The Isley Brothers’ That Lady

Ernie Isley
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For a brief period in early 1973, the Record Plant in Los Angeles was the funkiest place in the universe. Stevie Wonder was recording his landmark Innervisions album in one studio, while across the hall the Isley Brothers were making the funk-rock masterpiece 3+3.

The Isleys’ album is best known for the single That Lady, a remake of the group’s 1964 single Who’s That Lady? modernized, rocked up and funkified by Ernie Isley’s blistering phase-shifted fuzz guitar solos. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.