Bludotone Ripper clips

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  1. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    This is fun! I have a dear old friend named Steve Hickerson in Tulsa OK who has been my guitar tech since I was in 7th grade (I am now 50). Steve is a monster player who cut his teeth along side some very famous guys like J.J. Cale. Steve's normal rig is an original 56 Strat paired with an original High Power 59 Twin that he has had since they were new or close to it.

    Occasionally, I like to take one of my recent acquisitions by when I go for a visit to hear how he interprets them. It is awesome to hear his style coming through my Les Paul and Bludotone Ripper - very different from the Carlton / Ford type of stuff I always drive them with.

    I hope you enjoy this glimpse into a great player and friend!

    The amp has amperex and mullard preamp tubes and 7581A power tubes. The Bludotone Theile cabs have an EVM 12L in the lower cab and an EVM 12S in the upper. Using a Neunaber reverb and delay. Hi-tech recording with my Samsung Galaxy. Sounds a bit blanketed because there wasn't room to get on axis with the speaker - still Steve's playing is a treat!

    http://youtu.be/FIvEwyMcbVg
    http://youtu.be/m93UqBN7iXw
    http://youtu.be/2cSZa1he_58
     
  2. RCCola

    RCCola (|@ / \ @ |.) Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds fantastic. Awesome you had a guitar tech in 7th grade ha.
     
  3. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, the music store owner introduced us when I wanted to trade my guitar in just because the neck needed an adjustment. Wow!! What a concept!! You can adjust them!!!! He had already traded me three times in my young life for the same reason :) Whole lotta lawn mowing money blown because I didn't understand what a truss rod was :(
     
  4. lennokez

    lennokez Member

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    Very nice. Like his playing. Lovely sounds.
     
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    mrfender Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds great. What is that amp based off of? I haven't heard of that model from Bludotone.
     
  6. RCCola

    RCCola (|@ / \ @ |.) Gold Supporting Member

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    Larry Carlton's amp has the Ripper circuit.
     
  7. icr

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    So what is the circuit in your amp. V2 is a CF?
     
  8. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    Your speaking Greek to me...sorry. What is CF?
     
  9. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, LC amp is a Ripper. However, this circuit does so much more. Starts with LC but also does incredible tweed, and an awesome high gain. I have owned nearly 20 Bludotones now and this is by far my favorite and I believe most versatile.
     
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    RCCola (|@ / \ @ |.) Gold Supporting Member

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    I assume he's asking if there is a cathode follower tone stack.
     
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    So you're the reason why the lead time is as long as it is! ;)
     
  12. hstlaurent

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    Wow, I would love to hear a high gain demo with the Ripper. :Devil

    What are your top 5 Bludos?
     
  13. brettmoor

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    fantastic playing and tone.
     
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    Randy, what do you mean when you say "versatile"? Is that in terms of dialing different style OD's? Before I bought my Bludo-drive 70's style I spend quite a bit of time on the phone with Brandon. When I asked him about the Ripper model, he told me it was probably less versatile than the Bludo-drive's because it had no clean clean channel, it was all one channel with controllable od. Maybe I misunderstood.


    Cheers,
    Arnie..
     
  15. stratpaulguy86

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    I thought the Universal Tone was his one-channel Bludodrive basically. I may be wrong, but the Ripper is a regular Bludodrive with a particular voicing that Larry Carlton prefers. He mostly uses the clean channel and boosts it via PAB these days if I recall correctly.
     
  16. icr

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    Sorry. I wondered if you specified to Brandon what you wanted or what exactly he told you you were getting. Or have you looked at the circuit to see what you got? Like how did you end up with a Ripper without asking for it or knowing what it is? Did Brandon recommend it to you or what??
    If you are not sure, post some pictures and it can likely be determined.
     
  17. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    Aren't you from the amp garage? (rhetorical). Maybe you should ask Brandon directly instead of asking Randy to post gut shots.
     
  18. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    Will do one soon...snow day tomorrow.....perhaps then
     
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    This correct. The Ripper is a two channel with internal eq trimmers for the OD. The universal tone (Santana) amp is the single channel one. Also true that Larry does almost everything with the clean channel. That is why I was so pleased to hear all the tricks in the lead channel :)
     
  20. randycloud

    randycloud Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes I knew what I was buying....always do. No, I won't be posting gut shots of Brandon's work....
     

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