SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:One sort of related example is Trey. For years he's relied on a compressor pedal and a hollow guitar to allow for very easy feedback to happen at a reasonable volume. I had the great fortune to spend a soundcheck with him a while back when he bought his SMS preamp. I got to stand right there inside his zone and his stage volume is just beautiful, loud, but not at all too loud, and the guitar would almost always be in a constant state of feedback to some degree, even when pretty clean and soft. The notes just bloom after he pics them. But for Jerry to get that type of result with those heavy and dense guitars and with no compression obviously took quite a bit of SPL to get happening on any level. I do think this is why we saw Jer stand so close to his speakers. We should always aim our speakers at our gut where the guitar is and NEVER at our heads where we injure ourselves, and not at our ankles where we injure the people out front.
I'm a HUGE fan/student of this Trey method for really juicing he signal. The other element to this is running the OD... tubescreamer(s) in Trey's case... into the compressor (not compressor first, as most do). Really, really fattens up the saturation. Gives you the meat of the TS sound, with alot less gainy hair. And helps with that riding-the-edge-of-feedback thing. I play a semi-hollow with this setup (OD-->compressor... into an SMS CTP, as it happens
), and I have it where, with the OD on I almost have to have a hand on the strings at all times to tame the potential feedback. Love it. Like riding a wild bronco... but if you can control it, the bloomy, juiced tone that leaps out of the amp is just great. And the feedback that I do let through is that harmonically nice, in-tune type that can keep certain notes on the guitar riding on forever (think Phish's "Divided Sky") if you let them.
Sorry. Big Trey fan here, and this got me going.
For those with the Sarno CTP... another thing I've been goofing with is that output knob on the back of the SMS preamp. I've been riding that up higher and higher recently... up to about 10:30 or 11:00 now... and it really juices my Mesa 50/50 power amp really well. Not to the point of clipping. Just to the point of some really hot, liquid cleans. Same as above... notes want to bloom and leap out of the amp. Ahhh...