steve wrote:when i saw dark star last, the guy playing the jerry part was playing a carvin, except he had the 3 humbucker set up. carvin makes a great instrument, my brother bought one of their basses and its been playing fine ever since.
Crazy 9.5 Fingers wrote:I think everyone is on point suggesting that you look for a Strat. A tele is a great axe as well but actually is a better guitar for Bobby's sound as he played big Gibsons in those days and mostly played in the out of phase pickup position in the middle. The tele can give you that sound minus the warmth of the hollow-body Gibsons Bobby was playing. Unless of course you get a tele thin-line which I use and is a terrific sounding guitar. But if you want that Jerry sound from 1970-to I think '74 when he started playing the Wolf, you have to go with a Strat. Jerry preferred the clarity of single coil pickups as well but later on had tappable humbuckers put in his customs so he could have both humbucker and single coil sound when he wanted. But the clear duck like quack of the Strat is all single coil. Jerry liked three pickup guitars with a 5 way selector like a Strat. I think any guitar company's version of a Strat will do the job. Mexican made Fender Strats are very reasonable and sound no different than the American Standard Strats. I think the one Jerry used as his main Strat was a Rosewood fret-board. It was a 1954, and was a gift from Graham Nash actually. You should play a Rosewood and a Maple fret-board and see which one you like better, they do have a slightly different vibe from each-other. Maple is a little brighter than the warmer rosewood board. Jerry liked a clean tone, hence his settling on Strats and then customized versions of Strat-like guitars like the Wolf. Jerry also liked high action as well to clean up the sound even further. Set up a Strat with high action, use a thick pick, crank it through a Blackface Fender Twin Reverb and you will have the tone you seek. Now if we could all just channel his fingers somehow....
Crazy 9.5 Fingers wrote: As far as matching the outputs when I tap the buckers, it is tricky. Is that why jerry had unity gain built into his customs.
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