What up, fellas?
Well, I just bought a 65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb. Listen, StrumminSix & all you other good RUK pals-o'mine....you can get down to the copper wire all you want. IT MOSTLY COMES FROM THE FINGERS, BABY!!! Watch the video of Garcia sitting in w/ Carlos Santana on YouTube where he is plugged DIRECTLY into a Roland Jazz Chorus. No effects. It's Garcia's sound. Sounds like Jerry, 'cause IT IS JERRY. Until you lop off your ring finger on your picking hand and learn to move your fret hand like the Grand Master, himself, you are never going to sound just like Jerry.
I just recently "test drove" about 8 different Fender Amp models. This Deluxe Reverb reissue gave me THE cleanest sound up to about 6 on the volume knob. My new guitar is VERY hot in the pickups, with a pair of passive, custom-wound Lindy Fralin High-Output humbuckers, so in order for ME to achieve a great "Jerry-esque" tone, I want THE CLEANEST tone I can find when I'm using the clean channel. If I want dirt, I'll use my Boss Distortion/Overdrive pedal. This amp absolutely rocks. If you go to my band's website ( www.theCAUSEjams.com
), you will hear me playing through my old Fender Blues DeVille 4x10. I still get a half-decent Jerry sound (most of those songs are me on my old 91 American Std. Fender Stratocaster). Now that I have the phase switch on the new axe, I can get more Jerry-esque tones.
I swear by this new 65 Reissue. Even if you are playing at a HUGE venue, let the house system do the work. Keep your amp between 3-5 on the volume and let the soundman put your guitar in the monitors, if you need.
There is only one amp that sounds best at 10, and that's a Marshall - very un-GD like sound.
My best piece of advice? Don't overthink this shit - just pick up yer guitar and play, man!!!
"Once in awhile, you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." - R. Hunter
"If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously." - Jerry Garcia