We all agree that Winter 80 was a high-water mark in tone (and playing chops). (some like me think it was his BEST tone ever, others may not think it was the best but agree that it is way up the list)
Being a Boogie aficionado I have always tried to dig a bit deeper into his tone there.
I own a Mark 2a and I have always contended that I did not think he used the gain channel on the Mark 2a. The reason I thought that was from a practicality standpoint. The mark2a was the first Boogie to offer channel switching via remote (the original Mark 1 had 2 channels,but the channel was selected by which one of 2 jacks you plugged into. Channel 1 was the Santana hot OD channel, Channel 2 was Fender clean...but they were not "switchable"). The Mark 2a had them switchable via remote as stated, however they had not ironed out the kinks yet and while in theory you now had a switchable amp, in practice it sucked.
It sucked because the clean and gain channels shared a couple master Volume and gain pots. It was (and is) very, very difficult to find a setting that is usable across both channels. If you dial in the clean to sound as it should and then switch into the gain channel the sound and settings were all messed up and you could blow your head off with volume. If you had the gain channel set to a sweet tone and switched backed to clean, the clean sound would be terribly thin and ineffective.
I think you get my point.
I did not see how Jer got around that, but he did somehow.
I have a clip here that is pretty much iron clad proof that he used the Mark2a for some serious gainy dirt. And then would flip the Distortion + on top of that for some extra sear!
I have a couple different theories about what is happening on this clip, I will say what I think it is, but I welcome others to post their opinions.
Also, what is interesting is that I had a first inclination upon first hard listen to this, which is different to what my current opinion is. So I am bucking conventional wisdom and will NOT go with my first inclination. To avoid confusion I will post what my first inclination was later in the thread.
Here is the clip:http://phyzz.com/jeff/masterdist.mp3
First solo section of masterpiece, first changes Jerry plays with some distortion, then at 36 seconds in, a second distortion goes over the top.
The simplest explanation is the first 36 seconds are the gain channel of the Boogie and then he flips the OBEL switch on and adds the MXR D+ into the path.
Again, I will post my other theory later, but usually the simplest explanation is the right one and the above seems to be the simplest.
Any thoughts? Comments?
The absolute filthiness of this tone on top of a normally tame song is quite compelling!!!
.......................................................have you heard the one about the yellow dog?