Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: Playing an Instrument that’s Ideal for Your Circumstances

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Whatever style of music you’re into, the sound, feel and character of the instrument you play will have a huge influence on where your inspiration and creativity lead you. I grew up playing a Fender Telecaster, a model that has long been celebrated as the ultimate go-to ax for country music.

The instrument has certainly served me well, not just for country but for other styles too, such as blues, pop and rock. But with its two single-coil pickups, 25 1/2–inch scale, bolt-on neck, hard-tail, string-through-body bridge and other key design elements, that particular style of electric guitar delivers that trademark country “twang” like no other.

As a fan of not just country but also pop, rock, metal, jazz, fusion and other styles, I find it beneficial and inspiring to play a variety of guitars, as certain designs seem to encourage and facilitate different kinds of musical ideas and licks more so than do their counterparts.

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