#161821  by Trecia
 Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:37 pm
There’s never a cheaper than the amp you already have. (Unless someone offers you another amp+ cash for your amp... in which case that one’s cheaper... maybe)
Unless you care to share what venue or practice space or recording ends you’re trying to meet specifically, I recommend keeping your amp and fiddling with the knobs and playing your ass off until you can play a dozen Garcia songs well enough so they sound good on whatever you pick up: acoustic, archtop, les Paul, tele, backpacker guitar etc.

IMO Jerry’s sound is not complicated, and that’s what’s great about it.
He wanted transparency and he was from an Audio era that was struggling to achieve that. Today most folks are trying to reclaim the magic from a time before limitless clean headroom and sterile, efficient speakers were the norm.

Essentially the Jerry amp sound is a Fender sound. Nearly every amp sold in stores today has a fine clean sound... if not supposed to be a Fender specifically.

The guys going to the Nth degree here or anywhere else are persuing very specific responses and nuances achieved in live performance settings on loud stages. Loud stages aren’t the norm anymore.

Line6 is one of my least favorite brands of amps/FX (some peopleI know like it), but unless you’re regularly playing shows for more than 100 enthusiastic dead heads who are hanging on every note you play, and who are so impressed with the sound you’re getting out of that crappy line6 amp that after every show they want to come up and talk to you about it... and offer to have you play through their boutique preamp and vintage restored Mac and custom JBL speaker enclosure just so they can hear you play it... upgrade is not worth it... based on the info provided.
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 #161822  by TI4-1009
 Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:50 pm
Cheap Jerry tone, or Jerry tone cheap?
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 #161823  by GeneralGoldilocks
 Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:31 pm
I'ld go Fender Blues Junior, although they are not super cheap, they are great amps that will get you real close at a low price point. As far as guitars go, there are so many cheap partscasters out there that sound good, it is hard to know where to start. a mexican strat would work great, or even cheaper, a squier strat from china or indonesia.
 #161824  by waldo041
 Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:19 am
I cut my Jerry tone chops on an acoustic guitar. If you can get that to sound like Jerry then you are ready to move to the next step. A strat and fender tube amp. Then your search of the Rig Sound will begin.

No such thing as a cheap Jerry Tone with the hands or the gear! A ton of good and bad information located within this forum.

Be sure to look and ask for samples of what people are advising, some guys here have NO IDEA what they are talking about and could have you wasting money in the long run.

Best of Luck,

~waldo
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 #161847  by strumminsix
 Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:00 pm
waldo041 wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:19 am
Be sure to look and ask for samples of what people are advising
This is solid advice. In real life I remind people not to take advice from people with fucked up lives. On the internet I don't take gear and tone advice unless they can back it up with good clips.
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 #161851  by williamsaut
 Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:43 pm
I agree with the Blues Jr comments. Perhaps with a speaker change and a stratoblaster in front. Then any single coil or coil tapping guitar. It
might not sound exactly like Jerry but will sound great.
 #161852  by PurpleTrails
 Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:44 pm
Waldo is right: start with the fingers and go on from there...and don't ignore the right hand. For me getting the dynamics right with a pick and while finger picking, and doing the switch between the two fluidly has always been tougher than the left hand technique.