Does a Strat tone get much better than Robbie Blunt's on Robert Plant's "Big Log"?

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  1. SoCalSteve

    SoCalSteve Member

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    Following is a quote from somewhere..............

    "ROBBIE BLUNT

    "BIG LOG"

    When you're filling the huge shoes of Mr. Jimmy Page, you had better get a good tone. So when Robbie Blunt got the gig as Robert Plant's first post-Zep guitarist, he conjured the haunting, bell-like Strat sound on this track from Plant's solo debut (actually his 2nd album). Blunt used his '56 Strat (which sported a '54 neck) and a Fender Princeton Reverb to create the clanging single-note lines, lazy bends, and double-stop stabs that would become his trademark."



    For your listening pleasure
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZQL22xOmUM
     
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  2. hellbender

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    I cop that lick to demonstrate my strat to non guitar people.

    Gets em everytime, very recognizable even when I butcher it.
     
  3. sergv

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    Awesome tune and tone!
     
  4. daddyo

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    Robbie Blunt - the forgotten hero of the stratocaster. I remember reading the guitar was a 55 or 56.
     
  5. Anthony M

    Anthony M Silver Supporting Member

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    Perfect match of tone and licks.

    Thanks for a wonderful memory. Haven't heard that song in years.

    By the way, whatever became of him?
     
  6. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    That's alot of what a Strat is all about, IMO.
    NO confusing that for a Lester! :D

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  7. drgonzoguitar

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    One of my favorite recorded tones! Great post!
     
  8. HurricaneJesus

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    The answer is 'yes.' Check Ed King's strat tone all over Skynyrd's 'Second Helping' album. Not convinced? Same band. Different album. Different guy. Skynyrd's 'One From the Road' check Steve Gaines' tasty strat licks.
     
  9. VaughnC

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    I'm a Strat-o-nut of the highest order, but I just don't get that anemic type of Strat sound. Oh well, some like green, some like blue...such is life ;).
     
  10. SoCalSteve

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    Vaughn! You're killin' me! I'm open, whose tone do you prefer? I'll take a listen. I'm talking clean here. I prefer Blunt's tone over Knopfler's.

    But for dirty it's Trower and Blackmore for me.
     
  11. andybaylor

    andybaylor Supporting Member

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    I thought I read an interview with Robbie Blunt and he said is was a Mesa Amp/ Clean channel played very loudly in a hall...Which I thought was wild at the time.
     
  12. funkycam

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    I love strats, but the Big Log tone is kinda generic & overcompressed to my ear....


    I'd take SRV's riviera paradise...
     
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  13. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    That's just one example of great Strat tone. That's why we love us some Strats.
    So many tones, so little time.
     
  14. fretless

    fretless Silver Supporting Member

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    That is a fantastic clean tone, and it's about as "Stratty" as they come.

    For my money the best strat clean tones ever are from James Wisley when he played with Chris Issak. Think "Wicked Game" and you'll see my point.
     
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    reddgeetarzan Supporting Member

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    Great tune- great feel and great tone.

    It does make me think of the Wicked Game tone too.....good stuff indeed!
     
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    I love it, it took huge balls to play clean on the first Plant album, everyone was posed to dump on Blunt and he totally curvballed em
     
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    Love this tone but isn't the signature line "Happy Together" by the Turtles. It always made me think of that tune.
     
  18. hellbender

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    Holy Crap! That's my rig!!!!
     
  19. Tone_Terrific

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    EXACTLY! It's great to have tone in that range available and it is Stratty, but I don't want to live there. I prefer the SRV big neck tone, for example, but cannot argue with the way it is used in that vid. Some like apples, some prefer plums.:D
     
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    Blunt gets amazing tones on those 1st 2 Plant LPs. I've been diggin' the 1st one lately & you gotta give props to ANYONE who jumps in to the guitar position w/Plant. Robbie didn't even try to fill the master's shoes - he wore a NEW PAIR! Kudos to Blunt.
     

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