Fender signature artist Robin Trower opens up in a candid and insightful interview in July’s edition of Guitarist magazine. The British guitar legend talks about his early beginnings, his choice of gear, and his sources of inspiration.
Although he’s now a dedicated Strat slinger, it wasn’t always the case. In fact, for many years he played a variety of guitar brands until a fateful tour put a Fender Strat in his path.
“The reason I switched to a Strat was that one time we were on tour with Jethro Tull and their guitarist Martin Barre had a Strat as a spare guitar,” Trower recalls for Guitarist. “It was on the stage and I just picked it up one day without asking, which was naughty. But I plugged it into my amp and just immediately went, ‘Ahh…’ It was the Strat’s vocal quality that immediately attracted me to it.”
Trower marks his 50th year as a guitarist with the release of recent album, The Playful Heart. Asked about its highlights, Trower tells Guitarist, “There are lots of bits and pieces about the album that I like. I really like ‘The Turning,’ though. It’s very hard to come up with a new rock ‘n’ roll song and I think it’s very satisfying when you do. And I like the instrumental section it goes into as well.”
The July edition of Guitarist magazine also includes a CD with an exclusive rig tour video where the blues-rock legend breaks down his gear, including his Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster®. Pick it up here.
To buy your copy of The Playful Heart, visit Robin Trower’s website here.