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70's Hard Rock
10-17-2009, 09:50 PM
anyone know what gear Ron Wood used w/Small Faces, Faces & Rod Stewart? Guitars, Fx (if any) Amps? thanks!

todd richman
10-17-2009, 09:58 PM
Zemaitis, Dan Armstrong and 50's Strats, Fender blackface and tweed amps (smaller models) and possibly some Ampeg stuff like the Stones used during that era. Doubtful many or any effects live.

big mike
10-17-2009, 10:15 PM
Zemaitis, Dan Armstrong and 50's Strats, Fender blackface and tweed amps (smaller models) and possibly some Ampeg stuff like the Stones used during that era. Doubtful many or any effects live.

Yup.

And great freaking tone....:D

aziltz
10-17-2009, 10:56 PM
Ron Wood was using a Catalinbread SFT, as was Keith Richards, in the early 70s.















just kidding. but it'll get you there, really.

70's Hard Rock
10-20-2009, 04:15 PM
thanks guys... & youre right 'bitchin tone' fosho!!!

Steve_2020
10-20-2009, 04:38 PM
Zemaitis, Dan Armstrong and 50's Strats, Fender blackface and tweed amps (smaller models) and possibly some Ampeg stuff like the Stones used during that era. Doubtful many or any effects live.

I saw the Faces in about 1972 or so at Berkeley Community Theater. There were definitely stacks onstage. And big crunchy stack sound. It came off the stage in those days. My memory says Hiwatts but they could have been Ampegs. Fading memory of a great concert :drink Ron had excellent brit-flavored rock and roll tone.

Saw them again on their farewell tour in 1975. This was a big stadium show and there were stacks again. Hard to miss as everything - the amp stacks, piano, Rod's mic stand and even the stage floor - was white. Also remember because the bass player (the guy who'd replaced Ronnie Lane by then) played through what seemed to be stack identical stack to Wood's.

I wondered about this 'bass rig' when I saw them setting it up...then when they played the first song, I noticed there wasn't a bunch of bassy bottom end. But it Worked. It was more an extension of the guitar's bottom end- so they just (again) came up with this huge rock and roll sound.

Strats seemed to be Ron's guitars, but he switched to something else for slide. Big tone.

Frank1959
10-20-2009, 04:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBdQjayB2TU

Steve_2020
10-20-2009, 05:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBdQjayB2TU

And this is apparently from the last tour. (the piano wasn't white:) ) It definitely helped to have a few beers before a Faces show, so you could be coming from the same place as they were. :drinkAlso these shows were Loud. Good Loud.

They opened with this tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_XUnc82NY&feature=PlayList&p=EAE64743C45811F6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=27

Rod's current blonde, Britt Eckland stood off to the side of the stage at the show I saw. Sometimes I used to think Rod kept touring so hard through the years just to keep up with all that alimony...

mad dog
10-20-2009, 07:28 PM
I'm remembering a white strat mostly for Ron, with something rather odd for slide. Zemaitis?

doublee
10-20-2009, 07:45 PM
he mentions his gear only in passing in his autobio, I surmise that it wasnt too important, he made whatever it happened to be work.

70's Hard Rock
10-20-2009, 10:22 PM
he definatley rocks big time!!!

Tikirocker
10-20-2009, 10:48 PM
Massively underrated was Ronny Wood ... even Keef will tell ya ... he's the man.

70's Hard Rock
10-21-2009, 04:33 PM
Massively underrated was Ronny Wood ... even Keef will tell ya ... he's the man.

& if Keef says "youre the man" then you are The Man!

fazendeiro
10-21-2009, 04:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBdQjayB2TU
Looks like a sf Champ behind Ronnie.

redeyeflight
10-21-2009, 04:40 PM
pretty sure he used a MK I tonebender...don't know about live but his sound is definately associated with that pedal!

jay42
10-21-2009, 05:37 PM
V series Ampeg behind Maclagen. Probably for the Rhodes.

doublee
10-21-2009, 05:40 PM
Looks like a sf Champ behind Ronnie.

Those dudes rocked. According to his book their 1st 'tour' if it can be called that of the US was staying in the very cheapest motels and the very cheapest booze, think copious quantities of vermouth, cooking sherry etc. They were very broke, but mates on a mission.

70's Hard Rock
10-21-2009, 08:59 PM
a silver face champ... dang that thing sounds righteous!!!

strings2wood
10-22-2009, 07:28 AM
Looks like a sf Champ behind Ronnie.

Yep.
I'm not the first to post this,
and I know I won't be the last.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM


Damn Righteous!

TMock
10-22-2009, 10:38 AM
The Faces have become my new favorite band in recent months. Something about them is just so "true," for lack of a better word.

I agree that pretty much any cranked Ampeg, Vox/Marshall hybrid, or Fender (tweedier the better) can get into Faces-era wood tones. I think Ampegs and tweeds are best, though, because Wood's distorted tone has more fuzz than crunch, to my ear. That really screams Ampeg to me.

I also agree about the MKI being in the mix on occasion. Some other trebly, biting fuzz tone could work also, like a Vox tonebender. But again, I'd look for something that "wools out" a bit at high gain, rather than getting really narrow and bitey like a Maestro.

But all that is just how I hear it.

Of course, though, A LOT of this comes down to note selection and touch, which is probably why Ronnie doesn't seem terribly concerned with his gear. He has a very distinctive flavor with minimal notes, jagged rhythms, and an aggressive touch that really "gets after it," as they say. If you can get that, you could probably make folks think of Ronnie Wood no matter what gear you're playing through.


By the way, if you want a real treat grab the Faces, Five Guys Walk Into Bar box set. It's a unique box, actually put together by a band member as opposed to a lot of record-label led boxes. It also contains a lot of live material, which is the essence of the Faces, to me.

roadfilm
10-22-2009, 11:51 AM
I agree, the box set is a must have, awesome live stuff.

jtw
10-22-2009, 02:23 PM
I'm actually going to see Ian McLagan tonight in Dallas. Love me some 'Mac!

kevin hart
10-22-2009, 02:48 PM
I saw him with Rod Stewart around 75 or 76 and it was all Ampeg amps covered in white. Don't remember the guitars.

70's Hard Rock
10-22-2009, 04:42 PM
when I hear the studio stuff it always sounds like he is using the front pickup on his guitar w/some fuzz or a really cranked up amp... just some really sweet tone... the song True Blue sounds really brite... my fav just might be "My Fault" love that song!!! well maybe for this week anyway...

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70's Hard Rock
10-24-2009, 06:36 PM
Ronnie Wood Rocks!!!

rockabilly69
03-10-2010, 09:58 PM
I saw them twice, and without Lane once. Small Fender amp, and Ampeg V series stacks. The main guitars were his Black Disc Front
Zemaitis, metal top Zemaitis, clear Dan Armstrong, and a sunburst
50's strat. There were no effects on stage that I could see.
I also have the appearance they did on video for the BBC Grey
Whistle Test. All of the stuff I mentioned was there, except
for the Strat.

jhale
03-10-2010, 10:13 PM
That champ is the Ron Wood faces guitar sound. Ronnie Lane is the secret weapon really cool bass lines. Rod no one can touch that unique raw voice.

Ronsonic
03-11-2010, 12:31 AM
A good bit of fuzz here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM

Love that moment at about 6:00 where Woodsy synchs up with the drummer coming off the solo.

jcs
03-11-2010, 03:04 AM
My 68 Fender Bronco amp and 67 Ampeg Gemini II amp nail those Woody/Faces tones!

strings2wood
03-11-2010, 03:12 AM
Yep.
I'm not the first to post this,
and I know I won't be the last.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM




Yep.
Knew I wouldn't be the last.:roll:roll



A good bit of fuzz here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM)

Love that moment at about 6:00 where Woodsy synchs up with the drummer coming off the solo.

fieldsroyal
03-11-2010, 03:19 AM
Just watched the youtube clip - Chris Robinson of Black Crowes owes a huge debt to Rod Stewart!!!!

Ronsonic
03-11-2010, 10:33 AM
Yep.
Knew I wouldn't be the last.:roll:roll


Too good to pass on it. Those guys were brilliant.

josegundo
03-11-2010, 10:52 AM
I love their sound, it's like a friggin freight train coming through the living room. Under appreciated band as far as I'm concerned.