hey, fairly new to the dead(comparativley) but was talking w/ my dad and he said that a Mesa boogie was also used. not sure of dates or if its true. but, i can say that they sound great, sitting 4feet from one atm lol
Jerry, to the best of my knowledge, did not use Mesas. Bobby, on the other hand, definately used Mesas in the 90s. The early Jerry sounds came from the Fender Twin Silverface's preamp. He took the signal from the preamp into another poweramp to drive his on-stage cabs.
in the early days he used a couple of fender twin reverbs. he then had the fender twin preamped which dropped the power tubes out of them and used mcintosh mc2300 for the power til the end. he never used mesaboogie as i do not believe they were around then. peace, waldo
Garcia used Mesa/Boogies briefly in two phases of his career:
3/23/75(possibly earlier) to 10/3/76: Mark I (or Super 60) combo preamp-only out to the usual (by this time) MC2300 power amp(s)> JBL K-120 speakers. At the July 76 Orpheum run he is actually using an MC3500 tube power amp.
Feb+March 1980(JGB only): Mark IIA head, again preamp-only out to an MC2300>JBL E-120 speakers
Classic example of the Mark I would be One From The Vault(8/13/75), while the Mark IIA is gorgeously showcased on After Midnight, the 2/28/80 live release.
Weir also used a Mark I Boogie head throughout 1976 (again the setup at the Orpheum 7/76 is a little different: Bob appears to be using two of his old Twins tucked under the drum riser), and a Mark I (or proto-IIA?) head throughout 1977. Then in some 1978 shots you begin to see a "Peavey" logo looming out of the darkness behind him...
god knows what owsley made that "wall of sound" out of. probrobly some top dollar stuff. the dead were known to have the best equiptment, since they were funded by some pretty wealthy chemists if you know what i mean.
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