Albert Collins wasn’t just the ‘Master of the Telecaster’. His ferocious attack and tone also earned him the nickname ‘The Iceman’ – and with licks like this, it’s not hard to see why

Albert Collins
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Known as the Master of the Telecaster, Texas-born Albert Collins had a very distinctive sound and a unique approach to blues guitar. His ferocious attack, his unique guitar setup, and his tone, which was responsible for his other nickname, The Iceman, allowed him to carve out a sound that is instantly recognisable.

Born in Texas in 1932, Albert first dabbled with the Hammond B3 organ before switching to guitar, partly inspired by his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins, another blues legend, along with artists such as John Lee Hooker, Guitar Slim, and T-Bone Walker. 

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