SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:The right preamp is vital, but so are a few other things. If I were to rank things to some degree, I'd say that the JBL 12" speaker is THE single most vital Jerry-tone component there is. It's THE constant that was always with Jerry from the very beginning until '93, JBL's were THE device that delivered that tone into soundwaves. It's a distinctly Jerry thing. It's just not a Jerry tone without JBL's. (Or perhaps a JBL clone type speaker)
A tube preamp is vital too. It's the only way to squeeze all that treble and clean-tone without sounding brutally harsh. Tubes are the magic sweetener. Reverb is vital. An on-board guitar buffer is important. The right sounding pickups for the tone-era you're after also pretty important. The fat Adamas graphite pick is also important for tones after the '70s. For earlier tones a fat, extra-heavy pick is important.
...I would also add that 'right hand technique' is paramount as well.
...and don't forget 'left hand technique'!...I was just re-reading Jer's '78 GP Interview, where he talks about his different vibratos, 'high knuckles', etc...but, yes you're both right on, and of course,
that surgical right hand approach is key....