Maybeck09 wrote:as i understand it he mainly used 2 Fender twins. a silverface and a blackface. Both rebuilt many a time and as others have said were later pushed my McIntosh preamps.
The Mesa Boogie he used, studio/backstage and for fun.
If you get to a decent music store that carries Mesa check out the current catalog which contains a nice history and timeline ( also a pic of Jerry playing) The first were in fact Fenders that they modified Princtons I believe.
OK, here's how it really goes:
In the very beginning, JG used a BF Twin.
By around 68, he had three BF and/or SF Twins onstage; it was also around this time that Wickersham says the Twins were fed into MC275 power amps. (so I don't know why he had more than one, maybe as backups)
By 72, only one Twin is seen onstage and fed into a MC275's.(fall 72 a MC3500; he also used a MC3500 at the Orpheum 76 shows)
73-74 still one Twin, fed into two MC2300's (Wall of Sound)
75 - 10/3/76: two Mesa Mark I's (only one used, the other backup) fed into one MC2300. He recorded Blues For Allah
on the Mk I.
10/9/76 - 12/31/89: the familiar SF & BF Twin mounted into a single Twin combo cabinet.(SF main rig, BF backup) ONE Twin was used, into one MC2300.
90-95: Groove Tube Trio into MC2300
footnote: JGB tour February 1980, he used a Mesa Mark IIA head fed into a MC2300.
There is also a pic from a Reconstruction show (1979) that shows Mark I's set up onstage. I figure that sometimes when he played non-GD gigs, his main rig was already on a truck headed for a GD tour stop.