Hey all, Hope summer is off to a good start and all that. Thanks so much for the nice plug Vince It was my pleasure to meet you and play that darn wolf gitar!! It really got me to see for sure that a well made and finished guitar is the way to go if you really want that extra magic going on. I have always been a big believer in good tone-woods and finish but kinda thought that when dealing with a hardwood sandwich type guitar that you wouldnt hear the woods and finish as much. Since we are some of the few guitar players that are into super clean tones and hi fidelity speakers in our rigs we have the ability to hear all kinds of other nuances that others don't. It can be a blessing if all the parts involved in the rig are done right and kind of a 'curse' if something is off and you end up with really piercing highs or a non desireable midrange or breakup from the wrong place. The guitar is obviously the first place to start. The nuances of wood tones from that Moriarty were like the other Moriarty wolf I played in Chicago. The Phigas, Ressurections and others I have played were super nice looking and sounded/played so good but the mids were not the same. I'm guessing its the finish..non poly finish most likely. I never liked the sound of polyurethane guitars as they dont breathe notes the same as nitro. I dont even know if any of these guys are spraying Nitro lacquer? Also i am a fan of high action to get the notes to jump out and so many of the Jerry guitars I have tried were too low. There shouldnt be any restriction from the frets when you strike notes/chords hard! That guitar sounded great and not too bright through my amps!
Anyways, I havent spoken much about these amps in a while for a few reasons. I need to get things together still so things are more streamlined. I just finished screening the faceplates today so Its a huge step forward as I can obtain most of the parts I use for them from my suppliers and build the cabs myself. Now I can start working on soundclips and website soon. I never really intended to do many twins as I know theres so many other options out there! Theres something about having a combo tho and people seem to love a great sounding Twin Reverb and my modified twins are getting good reviews. So basically, I dont to end up with a waiting list for amps and make people wait a year or so. I do Dumble style amps as well ( Blues Stinger I call it and thats what Vince heard the other day) These take a while to build and like my Twins they utilize mostly vintage parts that I arrange in certain places in the amp for the tone I like per my taste. I run a slightly chilled out power section ( usually half of stock values) so you can pick the guitar more and not have so much coming out..especially bass. This makes the twins less scary too play
I use NOS Allen Bradley carbon comps in certain places and Metal films of difft brands in others. Caps range from Sprague 6ps Orange Drops ( same caps Dumble used In his masterful creations of the 70's and 80's, Original Fender caps and other oddballs. My Dumble style amps are based on the 70's and early 80's Overdrive Specials only they have that Fender vibe that most Fender guys dislike about the Dumbles and clones out there. The cleans are very similar to the Blackface Super Reverb and Twins. The Jerry tones out of my 50 watt are awesome!! Similar to an early Boogie. You can dial in as much smooth overdrive as you like and set up the lead tone on the lead footswitch. Nails Kimock (he has one very similar to mine) SRV , Santana, Larry Carlton, Jerry, David Lindley, Robben Ford etc. Only the cleans can be dialed cleaner and sound more like a real Fender. Anyways, If any of you are interested in checking them out I will be putting new clips up soon and probably host a little Tone Fest in NYC sometime down the road where I will invite some friends who build amps/pedals. Theres so many talented builders out there so if you happen to be in the market for an amp /guitar or even pedals don't just settle for a one trick pony. Do your research and listen to as many as you can! Happy tone searching! ~Joe