Rusty the Scoob wrote:which says that Phil at one point had 8 POWER AMPS (not 10+) in his stage rig, not that big of a deal and not at all hard to replicate.
EEEEE's info is good. If you want 60's/70's Phil amp tone, use a Fender/Alembic/SMS preamp into a clean power amp and neutral speakers and you'll be in the ballpark. If you want his 80's/90's tone, use SWR gear. For his newer tones, use Eden gear. The preamp shapes the tone, the power amp should be neutral, and the speakers can either be neutral or tone-shaping or mostly irrelevant if you've got good PA support.
Dozin's site does say that Phil used 8 power amps in the early 80's but that doesn't jive with info that Peter Miller gave in an interview, part of it is quoted in the GD Gear Book:
"Of the 25 Godzilla amps made, the Dead purchased 5..."
With Bobby using one and Phil probably using two, with two for spares. The lead designer of the Godzilla was Andy Hefley, he was the one that built the PIE amps, only four were ever made and all of those were made specifically for Phil.
The Godzilla were used in the early 80's, then Phil switched to the PIE's, probably due to the fact that it was more economical to have Andy build NEW amps. In the 90's, Phill switched back to the Godzilla's.
Phil Lesh101 wrote:Any more questions Tough guy?
Lighten up Francis!