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 #68483  by 3daygrowth
 Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:03 am
Im a 26 year old Australian who loves the Dead, particularly Bob Weir's completely unique rhythm style - his is the main instrument I listen to when listening to the Dead. His style is so crazily syncopated and off-kilter!
2 questions:
1) Does anyone know the chords to 'Bombs Away' from his 'Heaven Help The Fool' solo album?
2) How does Bob get that late 70s 'metallic' 'ching-ching' sound? and how does he get that 80s long sustain, thick sound?
 #68485  by strumminsix
 Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:08 am

1 - nope
2 - 70's need a reference, 80s, distortion and comp
 #68486  by jackr
 Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:34 am
Welcome to the forum.

Bobby is a really great rhythm player. Except for guys like us that really know his work well, I think he is very underrated and should be looked up to a lot more by his piers.
 #68525  by 3daygrowth
 Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:39 am
Great, thanks for the replies guys!
Yeah Im really interested in the sound from, say Closing of Winterland, 1978 to the Grateful Dead Go To Nassau 1980 (it was the same sound, right?).
I read it described somewhere as a 'high metal ribbon sound' - pretty accurate, I reckon!
And would it be possible to recreate this sound with a mid-1980s Japanese Tele, or a late 70s Greco or Ibanez strat copy? These are some guitars I've seen for sale at local guitar stores recently.
And what kind of pedal/s should I get? I know you can't recreate that sound exactly - but just the high kind of 'ching-ching' sound?
haha, its so hard to describe Bobby's sound, never mind the style!
I wonder if he was influenced by brazilian 'cavaquinho' (tiny guitar) style, used in samba? Cavaquinho players play crazily-syncopated rhythms too.