As music gear demo aficionados will know, Andy Martin has an encyclopedic knowledge of tone and guitar riffs, which he displays often on the Reverb YouTube channel. Just exactly how he's learned the vast trove of licks and techniques available at his fingertips may be an unsolvable mystery, but it can be at least partially explained by his careful listening and study of classic records.
Today, Andy's taking a step back from his explorations of new pedals to trace some of his favorite riffs to his favorite live records.
"There's really a handful of live albums that I got a great education from, in terms of guitar-playing and guitar tone," he says. "So let's take a look at five of my favorite live albums and the guitar tones that go along with them."
These albums include undisputed classics like The Who's Live at Leeds and Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same, as well as a great live document from his favorite Britpoppers, with Blur's Live at The Budokan.
Be sure to watch the full video above to hear why these records made the impressions that they did—and to hear Andy's remaking of those impressionable riffs. You can find all these records and more on Reverb LP, and if you're interested in the gear Andy's using in the video, see the list below.