Good Evening All,
In the last couple of weeks, I was stoked to see both JGB (Stu & Melvin), and DSO in and around Portland, Oregon. I really wish I had pics, but have taken so many worthless ones...I've taken to travellin' light. I'd love to read comments from others who have seen these folks recently. Especially, to exchange analytical and/or qualitative comments on their respective Jerry Style rigs.
Stu rocks. He showed up with his SG, and a small (largely Boss loaded) pedalboard. The SG was modded by Brad (I believe), since I last saw him with DSO in the Fall of '10. He was playing through a Twin; likely a loaner or a renter. I called this amp a TR reissue, but it could have been a blackface. Something tells me Stu would have armed it with JBL's if it were vintage. I would guess they were traveling light, as I saw Stu with an MC250 last year. He didn't have an SMS in the Northwest last year if memory serves correctly. The Bossanova was so poorly mixed it was painful. Stu & the gang were really great though. Stu really had the great low growls when he was playing through his McIntosh in 2010.
Armed with the wealth of knowledge from the good folks at RUKind, about 50 DSO shows, and about 115 GD shows (Bus since '81)...I've really gotten a charge for listening for subtleties in each rig. No growl through the Twin. Tones from the 8th fret up were crispy and close. Quite Jerry-esque, even though he was traveling light.
Family and I saw DSO last night. Wow. Mr. Mattson sounded as close to Jerry (tonally) as I remember. Mr. Mattson seems more Haynes-esque than either John K., or Stu...but his tone was crazy cool. He's excellent with the bends, but seems to skip the low-tone walkups/downs that might make the rig growl. Anyone know what that big rack-mounted amp he's toting is? There was a bit of "Cone of Death" going on stage left. He was quite loud for that room for the 2nd set. But, for those for you who weren't there, ...the higher the volume...the sweeter the ....the....chime, horn, trumpet. Mind-blowingly Beautiful. Anybody have a better adjective? For those fine fellows who contributed to his rig, I bow.
I saw Brad's SMS, and what looked like a Soundscaper cab (?) loaded with K120's (?). I wanted to get back to the front for the 2nd set, but the room was so over-booked it was more mosh pit than seaweed dance. Awesome. Rob Eaton was supporting 2 Mesa Power amps & a Studio Pre. I think that Studio Pre is fairly new to him. Keep in mind that I see them in PDX & Eugene only. The Showbox in Seattle is a bit of a pit.
So, I admit this is a ramble. If anyone cares to fill in gear blanks, discuss tone in these rigs, or explain where the "growl" comes from I'd be Grateful. I have in my toy chest a Mesa Mark I with a K120. That sucka will growl like crazy and sing like an angel, but it also shakes the glass in the neighbors house.
Thanks to all.