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Gibson hails classic guitar riffs

Gibson has picked out what it believes are the very best guitar riffs of the 1960s.
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Electric guitar manufacturer Gibson has named some of the best rock riffs of the 1960s.

Paperback Writer by The Beatles, which came out in 1966, was flagged up as one gem, as the McCartney-written riff is "more propulsive" than any other riff in history.

You Really Got Me by The Kinks was also included on the list, as its signature riff helped to create the genre which became heavy metal.

However, Gibson said the riff to (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones is perhaps the greatest guitar riff of all time.

"It continues to send chills 45 years later," it commented.

Gibson described a great guitar riff as a "mystical combination" of fretted notes that can "launch a song into the stratosphere".

The guitar manufacturer added that while the likes of Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran had devised some great riffs in the 1950s, it only became an art form during the following decade.

This comes shortly after Velvet Revolver star Slash told the Times that the riff to You Really Got Me is one of his all-time favourites, along with Over Under Sideways Down by The Yardbirds and Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

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Posted on 6 Jun 2010 10:00 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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