Hello from the Bay Area - Los Altos/Mountain View area
De-lurking after many years of benefiting from the collective wisdom on this forum. Thanks to all.
Have lived in the Bay Area since 1986 (from New York). Many shows east and west coast (and in-between) 78-95.
I play guitar in Aardvark, we're a dead band doing the usual material. The other guitarist and I switch off doing Jerry and Bob,
depending on the song. So I look for some Bob tones in my setup, but mainly look for a Jerry tone (say 72 or 74 or 77 tones, not looking to recreate exactly).
A recent setlist is below.
An ongoing quest for the tone has been aided by many - Scott Walker, Gary Brawer, Brian/9MileSkid, Andrew at AO and the members of this community.
Still on the path with miles to go.
Guitar 1: 1980 Ibanez MC150 fully Tigerized by Gary Brawer. Using a Brawer buffer/boost circuit. Brass plates laminated with walnut burl by Brian.
Have had this guitar a year and still working to find the right tone. Tends toward sterile/bright. Earthdrive on order from Brad. Will try running that right before amp outside of OBEL. Did get some great tones from the Ibanez at last gig...at loud volumes...until it mysteriously died on me and I went to Strat mid-set.
Guitar 2: 2008 Fender Am Stnd Strat. Has been the experimental platform and go to guitar. Goal was E72 tone. Scott Walker looped and buffered it (CAE buffer, not the Jangletone, the Jerry one) put in Lollar Blackfaces. Didn't do it for me. Fender 69s went in. But tech changing PUPs who wired tone pot pre-OBEL not post OBEL resulting in shrill tone. Gary fixed that and put in Dimarzio Areas 58/58/61, go noiseless for bar gigs. I had him pull out buffer out too after dead batteries at gigs was getting problematic. Want to get a buffer back in here so I can use through my effects rack/cable run and would like to try some DAllens. Honestly miss the 25.5 scale, lightweight, feel, controls and the overtones (set neck, light body) of the Strat vs the MC150.
Amp/Speaker: Gries 35 - 1x12" combo 35w 6L6 Fender blackface circuit clone with reverb. Has a preamp circuit. JBL K-120. Great little amp. JBL added a lot. Need more power though to get some clean headroom to keep up with the band. MC150 signal hot enough to keep things reasonably clean (actually need some amp snarl with the MC150) but the Fender can get too dirty if unmiked gig situation or loud practice. I should also add that Dave Gries gives amazing customer service. I bought it used and he was amazing in helping me out. I blew an output transformer but otherwise it's been a great amp. Thinking about a Showman or going the SMS/SS power amp route down the road.
more on the Gries from their website:
The 35 is based on the mid '60's Vibrolux with several modifications including: one channel, added Midrange control, no vibrato, a post-phase inverter Master Volume control, switchable 4 & 8 ohm speaker outputs. Mercury Magnetics power & output transformers. 35 watts.
Effects: Andrew Olsen/AO cables in techflex ->Brawer custom made junction box->Q-Tron+->Blues driver (Keeley modded)->Phase 100->TC Nova Delay. On Pedal Train board with VooDoo PP2 power. Lots of effects in the garage Boss OC-2, etc. Want to minimize effect chain path till I put in some loops. Earthdrive on order to sit in front of amp outside the OBEL path.
We're playing on 11/5/13 at Mardi Grad Lounge in Redwood City CA, 9p-1a
Here's a sample of a few tunes from past gigs:http://bit.ly/aardvarksampler040813
Here's a recent setlist:
Played a dive bar with few heads. But a guy hanging out had seen warlocks at magoo's.
A woman who looked like she just came off tour showed up during China/Rider and boogied.
She said she's JK's masseuse when he's in Bay Area for gigs. The other guitarist got a great after set
arm massage. Small world.
11/2/13 Mardi Gras Lounge, Redwood City, CA
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Let It Grow
Get Out of My Life Woman
Take Me to the River
Uncle John's Band
Help on the Way/Slipknot >
Beat It On Down the Line
Feel Like A Stranger
The Shape I'm In
Touch of Grey
Might As Well
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider
The Music Never Stopped
Playin' In The Band