Originally Posted by origenesprit
My favorite Steely Dan solo is from My Old School. I think it's Dias?
One of mine too! Jeff Baxter was the guitar soloist. Not sure what he used in the studio but I recall seeing him playing it live with a Tele with a HB in the neck and another time with a beatup old Strat.
Early 1970 was the apex of experimenting with modifying guitars in LA and SF originally for studio musicians where Stars Guitars rebuilt many vintage Fenders destroying their vintage value while trying to add sustain and squeeze out some new sound and tone. At that time the feeling was "the heavier the body, the greater the tone". Quite a change from the late 80's and later where dealers began to post the weight of vintage instruments down to the ounce!
By the way, Dias went on to become a computer programer and Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers and later working for the Defense Department! He played with Hendrix before Jimi hit it big. Brilliant and talented guys.