Great, thanks for the replies guys!
Yeah Im really interested in the sound from, say Closing of Winterland, 1978 to the Grateful Dead Go To Nassau 1980 (it was the same sound, right?).
I read it described somewhere as a 'high metal ribbon sound' - pretty accurate, I reckon!
And would it be possible to recreate this sound with a mid-1980s Japanese Tele, or a late 70s Greco or Ibanez strat copy? These are some guitars I've seen for sale at local guitar stores recently.
And what kind of pedal/s should I get? I know you can't recreate that sound exactly - but just the high kind of 'ching-ching' sound?
haha, its so hard to describe Bobby's sound, never mind the style!
I wonder if he was influenced by brazilian 'cavaquinho' (tiny guitar) style, used in samba? Cavaquinho players play crazily-syncopated rhythms too.