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lespaul3013
05-22-2012, 08:16 PM
Anyone have any info on his live rig for Foreigner?

I'm totally diggin' his live rhythm and lead tones!
I searched around and really couldn't find much of anything.

Thanks
Jordan

Jedi
05-22-2012, 08:21 PM
Recent tours find him utilizing USA Les Paul Standards (IMHO fugly tobacco sunburst) that he has been using for some time and Marshall Masterlead 50w heads.

Custom50
05-22-2012, 09:30 PM
he used to use an old les paul custom....that's all I got. haha

kingsxman
05-23-2012, 04:39 AM
Anyone have any info on his live rig for Foreigner?

I'm totally diggin' his live rhythm and lead tones!
I searched around and really couldn't find much of anything.

Thanks
Jordan
Actually, I think his recorded tones on Foreigner 4 of some of the best rock tones I've ever heard. I'm curious as to what amp he used there.

vbf
05-23-2012, 04:46 AM
I've been wanting to know about his rig too..love his tone.

charveldan
05-23-2012, 04:59 AM
http://www.woodytone.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Jones_Mick_Headknocker_proto_1_HipKitty.jpg

http://www.hipkittyproducts.com/pb/wp_8773a9cb/images/img307724e96408e8bfc4.jpg

He has his own sig amp with Hip Kitty, but i know little about it.

DICKIE C
05-23-2012, 05:32 AM
All I know is that you can get his tones w/ late '70s JMPs and early '80s JCM800s, or at least I can. I've seen pix of him onstage w/ these amps, but I don't know if he was plugged into them or if they were for show. Foreigner has been around for a long time, so I imagine he used the earlier metal panel NMVs also. I think he might've used some type of boost w/ the older amps, though, or perhaps they were modded.

HipKitty
05-23-2012, 06:25 AM
Mick was using various Marshall 100 watt heads since the get go until I got involved with designing an amp around his early (first three Foreigner) albums. With Mick's involvement, it morphed into an amp that can also cover his current touring tones and distortion qualities as well..at 100 watts. You can check out the link to Woody Tone and the two articles about The HeadKnocker head via our website...it gives great detail on his gear.

As for the original Marshall, it's a Plexi that was modded. Mick still has it, but I don't want to see it until well after Mick can get better and we can get some marketing work done for an official release of The HeadKnocker.

Neal (aka HipKitty)

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af211/HKittyProd/amps/HeadKnockerWebsiteNew1.jpg

Custom50
05-23-2012, 06:33 AM
is mick not healthy?

illini
05-23-2012, 06:38 AM
Mick was using various Marshall 100 watt heads since the get go until I got involved with designing an amp around his early (first three Foreigner) albums. With Mick's involvement, it morphed into an amp that can also cover his current touring tones and distortion qualities as well..at 100 watts. You can check out the link to Woody Tone and the two articles about The HeadKnocker head via our website...it gives great detail on his gear.

As for the original Marshall, it's a Plexi that was modded. Mick still has it, but I don't want to see it until well after Mick can get better and we can get some marketing work done for an official release of The HeadKnocker.

Neal (aka HipKitty)
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af211/HKittyProd/amps/HeadKnockerWebsiteNew1.jpg
Great info, thanks for posting. I also like Micks tone. I will check your gear out.

lespaul3013
05-23-2012, 01:27 PM
Recent tours find him utilizing USA Les Paul Standards (IMHO fugly tobacco sunburst) that he has been using for some time and Marshall Masterlead 50w heads.

he used to use an old les paul custom....that's all I got. haha

Thanks guys!

Yea, I saw him use the tobacco burst on TV last night.

lespaul3013
05-23-2012, 01:28 PM
Actually, I think his recorded tones on Foreigner 4 of some of the best rock tones I've ever heard. I'm curious as to what amp he used there.

I've been wanting to know about his rig too..love his tone.

Yea, both live and recorded sound amazing!
I was watching one of their DVD's that was on TV last night and my jaw was on the floor :)

lespaul3013
05-23-2012, 01:32 PM
Mick was using various Marshall 100 watt heads since the get go until I got involved with designing an amp around his early (first three Foreigner) albums. With Mick's involvement, it morphed into an amp that can also cover his current touring tones and distortion qualities as well..at 100 watts. You can check out the link to Woody Tone and the two articles about The HeadKnocker head via our website...it gives great detail on his gear.

As for the original Marshall, it's a Plexi that was modded. Mick still has it, but I don't want to see it until well after Mick can get better and we can get some marketing work done for an official release of The HeadKnocker.

Neal (aka HipKitty)

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af211/HKittyProd/amps/HeadKnockerWebsiteNew1.jpg

Any idea about the price point?

freaksho
05-23-2012, 01:41 PM
great thread - LOVE his tones and playing. there's something unique there for sure. if it is just Gibson & Marshall then it must be the engineering i guess.

their debut album was my first rock record. i was in 4th grade, it was 1980 and the only other records i had were the soundtracks from Lady and the Tramp and Star Wars. they were also my first rock concert in 1981, and the opening act was Billy Squier touring to support the release of Don't Say No, which immediately became my 2nd rock album. both of these bands will always be in my top favorites list.

(thanks for indulging my trip down memory lane.)

HipKitty
05-23-2012, 05:22 PM
Mick had heart surgery which placed him into Intensive Care. He's on the mend now.

The tone of the records were, for the most part, double or triple tracked dry guitar, player, amp, speaker and mic placement. Mick said no board eq was used. Mick had Jeff Pilson send over the isolated tracks as reference for the R & D process. Each isolated track has that intrinsic tone...put into a stereo spread it becomes bigger. Of course, 2" analog tape has it's own compression when hit hard, but Mick said he never red lined any of the guitar tracks...some drum tracks got red lined, just not the guitars.

The tobacco Paul is his fav.

Retail is $2,990.00 plus $125.00 if an effects loop is added. Dealer street price will probably end up around $2,300.00 plus the $125.00 for an effects loop (tube). FWIW, these are available, but are built to order. PM me for a direct price qoute.

Custom50
05-23-2012, 06:14 PM
whoa, i hope he gets better soon! I'm a big fan of his guitar playing!

DICKIE C
05-23-2012, 06:23 PM
Mick was using various Marshall 100 watt heads since the get go until I got involved with designing an amp around his early (first three Foreigner) albums. With Mick's involvement, it morphed into an amp that can also cover his current touring tones and distortion qualities as well..at 100 watts. You can check out the link to Woody Tone and the two articles about The HeadKnocker head via our website...it gives great detail on his gear.

As for the original Marshall, it's a Plexi that was modded. Mick still has it, but I don't want to see it until well after Mick can get better and we can get some marketing work done for an official release of The HeadKnocker.

Neal (aka HipKitty)

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af211/HKittyProd/amps/HeadKnockerWebsiteNew1.jpg
cool. Thanks for the post. Mick's got great Marshall tone and he's a tasteful player. I like to see him get props.

lespaul3013
05-24-2012, 06:05 AM
Mick had heart surgery which placed him into Intensive Care. He's on the mend now.

The tone of the records were, for the most part, double or triple tracked dry guitar, player, amp, speaker and mic placement. Mick said no board eq was used. Mick had Jeff Pilson send over the isolated tracks as reference for the R & D process. Each isolated track has that intrinsic tone...put into a stereo spread it becomes bigger. Of course, 2" analog tape has it's own compression when hit hard, but Mick said he never red lined any of the guitar tracks...some drum tracks got red lined, just not the guitars.

The tobacco Paul is his fav.

Retail is $2,990.00 plus $125.00 if an effects loop is added. Dealer street price will probably end up around $2,300.00 plus the $125.00 for an effects loop (tube). FWIW, these are available, but are built to order. PM me for a direct price qoute.

Thanks for the info!
Definitely will hear from me in the future!

HipKitty
05-30-2012, 06:24 AM
Here's a video of one of the proto's being tested live. As the HeadKnocker is being run into two isolation cabs onstage, you can hear Kelly Hansen open one of them up briefly. The video was intended to document the HeadKnocker's growth. Unfortunately, Mick was having heart problems and was very under the weather...he would do one other show after this event and be pulled from the tour to subsequently have the heart surgery.
http://youtu.be/9cXCcXSdNsA

lespaul3013
07-19-2012, 02:32 PM
Here's a video of one of the proto's being tested live. As the HeadKnocker is being run into two isolation cabs onstage, you can hear Kelly Hansen open one of them up briefly. The video was intended to document the HeadKnocker's growth. Unfortunately, Mick was having heart problems and was very under the weather...he would do one other show after this event and be pulled from the tour to subsequently have the heart surgery.
http://youtu.be/9cXCcXSdNsA

Thanks Neal!
That's an awesome vid...bad news about Mick though...any updates on his current condition health-wise?

Jordan

WoodyTone com
07-26-2012, 08:58 AM
To the op:

http://www.woodytone.com/2009/11/17/mick-jones-early-foreigner-gear/

http://www.woodytone.com/2010/05/03/more-on-mick-jones-foreigner-gear-then-and-now/

More there, key is the 6L6 tubes in the Marshall.