King Crimson’s Robert Fripp On How He Creates His Signature Sound With Any Type Of Gear

King Crimson guitarist and co-founder Robert Fripp joined an interview with Guitarist and talked about his guitar playing and unmatchable sound. By sharing an example, Fripp emphasized that gear or instruments cannot alter his sound during performances and recording sessions.

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

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

Moreover, during his interview, Fripp stated that new guitars and different amplifiers didn’t affect his signature sound, which he had established years ago. Thus, he always manages to catch his sound, and the guitarist provided an example of this. When Fripp watched famous musicians Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea’s breathtaking performances at Carnegie Hall, he realized that they changed the pianos, not the sounds, which he applied to his music.

In Fripp’s words, he said:

Whatever guitar, whatever amp I’m using, I’ll get my sound. Here’s an example of this. I went to see Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at Carnegie Hall: wow, breathtaking. Herbie Hancock was on the left. They changed places and played, and their sounds went with them. I still don’t understand that. How can that be? It cannot be the sound of the piano changes. The sound of the piano is the sound of a piano, surely?”

Additionally, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp recently finished his upcoming book ‘The Guitar Circle,’ which can be defined as a comprehensive guide to learning more about playing and guitar playing as a craft. It was Fripp’s guitar and personal development classes that inspired the work.