Expo: Pickin' & Grinnin'

Before he joined the Rolling Stones in 1975, Ronnie Wood rocked a mean bass guitar—a '68 Fender Telecaster Bass—with the Jeff Beck Group.
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Pickin’ & Grinnin’

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Before he joined the Rolling Stones in 1975, Ronnie Wood rocked a mean bass guitar—a '68 Fender Telecaster Bass—with the Jeff Beck Group. Fillmore West, 1968.

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