Thought I'd post an interesting thing I had to do recently. As some know I play Bobby parts in one band and Jerry parts in another. I have 2 separate rigs obviously (Although I share a 2x12 Hard trucker stlyle front loading cab and I swap tone tubbies for JBL E-120's).
Anyway, I have 2 options for my Jerry Rig:
1) a 1971 Plush p1000s which is really just a dead on point to point hand wired clone of the AB763 (Twin Reverb/Showman) circuit.To take it a step further, I had an amp tech rebuild it from the ground up to exact Blackface Twin specs (the only original item is the Iron, which is great.The thing really is a monster.
2) I have a 78 Vibro Champ that joe martin did a pre-amp/tweak job for me on. It is pretty sick. Used into a QSC poweramp
Well anyway, I had a gig with the band that I play the "jerry" in (band is named "Legion of Jerry") and Both my options were in the shop. (the Plush needed a new reverb tank and I wanted it biased a little colder.
The Vibro Champ is still with Joe Martin.) So I was left with an interesting dilemma.
What did I do? I went to the Solid state Weir Rig and kind of went Hybrid.
I used my Jerry Axe (78 Ibanez MC500 hacked up with all the jerry stuff) and I used my Jerry stomps (the normal array of junk: ....OC,AF, OD, Dist+, P100,Delay), but I used an old Solid State 1984 Yamaha PG-1 Preamp and a QSC Power Amp.
Since I was using this rig, I left the Hemp speakers in because my Ibanez is BRIGHT, the solid state rig is BRIGHT and with the JBL’s in I needed a blindfold to listen to that configuration because it was so bright!
No Tube warmth. The Hemp speakers toned it down a bit.
Anyway, the results were interesting and different. Definitely not the Jerry tone I am used to though. The one thing that I noticed is that my TS808 clone sounded very different in this config. I kind of dug it. The only effect on the track below was the Tube screamer, when clean I just bypassed the loop.
Not something I would want to do again, but if you want to know how your jerry rig would sound solid state, check it out, not for the faint of heart
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