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|6/24/1997 1:01 PM|
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Are you sure those weren't a pair of blackface Vibroverbs (40 watts, one 15" speaker) EJ was using? I had read that he had recently stopped using the pair of Twin Reverbs for clean tones and had started using Vibroverbs instead.
Eric Johnson is definitely an incredible and beautiful guitar player!!
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|6/24/1997 1:32 PM|
Yes, they were blackface Deluxes. I walked
up to the stage before the show and could
read the face-plate very clearly. ALSO, in
the latest Fender Frontline magazine, EJ is
interviewed and mentions that he has been
using Deluxes on his latest tour.
It was actually kind of funny to see the
little Deluxes sitting there next to the
Marshall 100W rig! Also, it's interesting to
note that Eric is suffering from tinnitis
and is making every effort to dramatically
reduce his stage volume. For example, his
Marshall was angled AWAY from where he was
standing at center stage. Also, there was
a clear plexi-glass partition set up around
the drummer shielding all the locations
on stage where Eric stood throughout the
night. (There was no partition on Roscoe
Beck's side of the stage.)
So, it was very instructive to see a world-class
player relying on small amps (primarily) to
get great overdrive tones and to protect his
hearing at the same time. The audience volume
level was also very comfortable as well. (This
has inspired my band to take another look
at how we do our sound. We currently don't
mike the guitar or bass amps and, as a result,
our stage volumes tend to get excessive. I
took to wearing custom ER-15 ear plugs about
six months ago! Our audiences comment that
the volume is very comfortable, but the stage
volume is just too high for safety. We use
100W amps currently and use power soaks or
low power switches were applicable to get
our power amp overdrive tones. However, maybe
it'd be easier and sound better to get smaller
amps and just mike everything! It would also be
impossible to change amp settings during the
show to get any louder on stage - protect
All in all, it was a VERY enjoyable show. The
whole band played their tails off. They all
made it look very easy, as if they were taking
a stroll in the park...very inspring.
|6/24/1997 5:27 PM|
Wow. I wish I saw that show.
Yes, two Deluxes do seem mismatched with a 100W Marshall! Maybe a 50W Marshall would make more sense. (Gee, I already own two Deluxe Reverbs - a 1965 and a 1968 - maybe if I could get a plexi half stack I would sound JUST LIKE Eric Johnson - Hah!!)
I agree, smaller amps are the way to go, if at all possible. I find that excessive stage volume tends to diminish the musicality of the performance - it gets harder to hear subtleties and to play with good dynamics; everything turns to mush as your ears get fatigued.
I played in a 10-piece R&B band (with 3 horns and 3 female vocalists) for 3 years. Even though the music was not anything like hard rock 'n roll, the stage volume was sometimes way too loud. It was often tough cutting through all those vocals and horns blaring out of the stage monitors. I kept having to use more powerful amps to hear myself playing clean rhythm parts. From now on, I'd like to get by with nothing more than 30-45 watts through one or two 12-inch speakers.
|6/25/1997 8:38 AM|
Regarding your hitting the road with the
twin Deluxe/Marshall setup, let me know
when you'll be in the Rochester, NY area! :>)
As for excessive stage volume, I agree with
you 100%! Our band is playing blues and
jazz-rock flavored blues and it definitely
requires dynamics and subtlety. That gets
much tougher to do as the volume increases!
We primarily play unmiked and have recently
been talking about going miked all the time
so that we can REDUCE stage volume and get a
better spread/mix of the instruments out in
the audience. In my case, with a 2x12 closed-
back cab, the people primarily in front of me
can hear me just fine. But those to either side
sometimes claim they can't hear me clearly
during solos, etc. That Tone-Master cab sounds
great but is just very focused. Miking the cab
solves that problem.
As for your 10-piece band with the female
vocalists, I bet that sounded great! I love
that stuff. In fact, I have a friend (who
also happens to own a music store) who plays
guitar in a similar style band and it's really
a treat to see them play. He also complains
about cutting through. He uses a GT Soul-O-75.
I guess it takes a pretty savvy soundman to
get the mix just right in such a band! I think
it also helps if there is about a 6-10dB
difference between your "rythym" and "lead"
volume, coming out of your amp. Have the
soundman adjust the board for a good mix
while you're playing rythym. Then, when you
kick into solos, it should stand out fairly
well. That has seemed to work OK for us...but,
then again, we're only a 4-piece with harp and
You mentioned preferring 30-45W amps with 1 or
2 12" speakers. Do you use several amps or just
one? I used to use two (one overdriven through
a Power-Brake and one running crystal clean),
but got tired of hauling all that equipment!
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