Terrapin77 wrote:Hi everyone,
I am new to the forum and am beginning my quest to build my Jerry rig from scratch.
Which guitar do you think is better?
Also, looking to purchase Tamayo Wolf. Is it worth it?
Has anyone tried Mutron 3 vs. Wonderlove and Protron? Just wodering if they are worth the try or should I go Tru Tron?
The question I have for you is what is the intended use? If you want to set up a 1978 Jerry Garcia shrine in your basement (or living room or wherever), and you want all the authentic stuff including the closest Wolf you can get, then the path is clear.
If you intend to be in a band and gig with the gear, that's a different set of parameters ... are you playing in rooms and settings where an authentic Garcia rig will not overwhelm and deafen everybody? Do you have a beefy roadie to muscle around a 200 pound power amp and effects rack and 100 pound speaker cabinet for you? Or do you weigh 100 pounds soaking wet and are going to be struggling to load this into a Mini Cooper for every gig and rehearsal?
If it's the former, and you want a Wolf, I would recommend the Moriarty Wolf if he is taking orders. The Alembic Furthur and Tribute guitars have completely different electronics in it than the fat man himself used. It's still a great sounding guitar, but it's not "exactly perfect." I believe the Tamayo Wolf was a one-off build ... I have seen and played that guitar (upside down) and it's nice but it has a very beefy neck profile that might not be to your liking. The Lieber "Garcia," if I remember correctly, was a $30,000 guitar ... how deep are your pockets?
You can debate tone vs. technique all day long, but there are many ways to get in the ballpark sonically, from smaller club rigs (SMS preamp, Class D power amp, 1x12 JBL), to all digital rigs that go direct (like mine) to other scaled up or scaled down scenarios (smaller Mac, 2x12 instead of 3x12, etc.). As far as envelopes, before I went the all digital route I had both an older MuTron and a Q-Tron ... both were good, I thought the Q-Tron was a little fatter and more consistent, but I've never been about being totally exact with everything. You use the envelope on just a tune or two a night anyway, so don't get too hung up on that.
The digital path works for me because it's 100 percent consistent regardless of the acoustics or parameters of where we are playing and it's easy to move (2 rack spaces is all it takes) ... that was important to me -- I got tired hauling around that heavy 2X12 with the E-120s and two rack cases. The purists would not agree ... but different strokes, you know?