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 #104945  by brutusbuck45
 Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:40 pm
Was just listening to Mystery Train from the '73 Keystone performances. Besides the Alligator Strat- with supposed stock pickups (sound hot), is this the standard Twin rig? Greatest tone ever- IMO!
 #104953  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:23 pm
Just two Twin Reverbs loaded with JBL D120's. One of my all time favorite Jerry tones for sure. Sweet and dirty and clear. I remember the first time I heard that stuff back in the '80s at a friend's party. He had the vinyl (albums). Ear candy to the astronomical extreme. It changed me.

 #104957  by dleonard
 Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:42 am
Agree that it is one of the all-time tones. Classic too. Just the strat into the twin, no? Must he have had his twin cranked to get this sort of tone?
 #104958  by brutusbuck45
 Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:19 am
Its that quintessential... dirt from clean tone that, honestly, I'm not sure that anyone since him has really ever sounded quite like that. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject. I keep going back to that '73 tone time and again. Never coming close to it, myself.
 #105028  by mijknahs
 Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:47 pm
Was it still Alligator at that point? Not Wolf?
 #105037  by tigerstrat
 Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:08 pm
mijknahs wrote:Was it still Alligator at that point? Not Wolf?
July 10 & 11, 1973, it's likely to be Alligator. Wolf's earliest known appearance is 9/5/73 Garcia & Saunders on the S.S. Bay Belle in New York Harbor
 #105039  by mijknahs
 Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:19 pm
Cool. I've always thought it sounded more like a Strat but then found out that Wolf was introduced in 73 so I was unsure.