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King Crimson’s Robert Fripp explains how he creates his signature sound with any type of equipment

Guitarist and co-founder of King Crimson Robert Fripp joined an interview with Guitarist and talked about his guitar playing and unmistakable sound. Sharing an example, Fripp pointed out that equipment or instruments cannot alter his sound during performances and recording sessions.

The group was founded by Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald and Peter Sinfield in 1968. They gained success and popularity through their combination of jazz, classical and experimental music in their debut studio album titled ‘In the Court of the Crimson King,’ released on October 10, 1969.

However, the band’s style changed over the years, particularly after the departure of McDonald and Giles, and Fripp became more interested in working on European free improvisation and complex compositions. Regardless of King Crimson’s style, the guitarist has always received positive reviews from fans and critics. for his guitar playing and mastery. He contributed significantly to the success of the famous progressive group.

Also, during his interview, Fripp said that the new guitars and different amplifiers did not affect its sound signature, that he created years ago. So he still manages to capture his sound, and the guitarist gave an example of that. When Fripp watched the jaw-dropping performances of famed musicians Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at Carnegie Hall, he realized they were changing the pianos, not the sounds, which he applied to his music.

In Fripp’s words, he said:

Whatever guitar, whatever amp I use, I will get my sound. Here is an example. I went to see Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at Carnegie Hall: wow, breathtaking. Herbie Hancock was on the left. They switched places and played, and their sounds went with them. I still don’t understand that. How is it possible ? It cannot be the sound of the piano that changes. Is the sound of the piano the sound of a piano?

Additionally, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp recently completed his next book. “The Circle of the Guitar”, which can be defined as a complete guide to learn more about guitar playing and playing as a craft. It was Fripp’s guitar lessons and personal development that inspired the work.