A brief introduction to spaghetti western guitar – with tab!

The 1966 Gretsch Tennessean heard on Mister Neutron's "Comanchero." (Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)

Remember Ennio Morricone’s brilliant theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the 1966 Sergio Leone film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach? That tune — including the iconic guitar figure that starts around the 47-second mark — helped spawn a mini-genre of music called spaghetti western (which also happens to be the name of the genre of films that inspired the music). 

More examples can be found on the soundtracks to other Leone films, including A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. And let’s not forget the music from the Red Dead Redemption games, not to mention the Shadows’ 1960 hit, “Apache,” which pretty much started it all.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.