Pete B. wrote:imhe, If you have the chops at your fingertips, the gear is secondary as far as sounding like Jerry is concerned.
Jeff Mattson and plenty of other guys sounded just like Jerry for years and years before buffers/obels, tribute guits, Macs, etc...
tcsned wrote:While I agree that the tone Jerry got, the gear was just part of the recipe. Though Jim's point was that this specific period had a particularly meaty sound that really appealed to him. The settings and specific gear he was using was the difference if you more or less consider his playing a constant (granted there are always slight variations in touch, attack, and note selection). This doesn't get into to how to replicate that tone just to analyze it's aesthetics. I'd agree with Jim that this is my favorite era as it was the period I was just getting on the bus and was, to me, the pinnacle of the Tiger tone. Just the right amount of grit and articulation.
He sounded like Garcia on an acoustic and he sounded like Garcia when his rig was a Swamp ash natural stock Strat through a Fender Twin. I think his effects back then were a mutron, boss compressor/sustainer....believe it or not, a Wha and a distortion box I can't remember. No Mac, no OBEL and certainly no UGB.
Mattson still sounded like Jerry.
Jerry would sound like Jerry playing a Ukelele. It's in the technique, it's in the fingers and it is also in the brain. You can have Jerry's rig and without the three above ingredients you will not sound like Jer. Just my two cents.
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