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Dumble Clip on Youtube

jrsmiles

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I don't know much about Dumbles, don't even care to know since they are completely out of my reach.

Anyway, I usually take amp demos on Youtube with a grain of salt, just because most camera mics suck and Youtube compresses the hell out of the audio so it's not a real representation; however, sometimes amps still sound good.

I ran across this tonight somehow and just let it play while I was doing something else and I'm glad I did. Kind of noodley in the beginning but I like it around 2:20 where he starts playing with the trem. Really sweet tones coming out of that thing.


 

GAT

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Yeah, that video is always a popular Dumble representation! I just love that amp!
 

Phletch

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Yeah, that thing is awesome, no doubt.

So much mystique surrounding these amps; like the Holy Grail. I first became aware of Dumble because Larry Carlton was using them, and his tone is something that I hold in the highest regard to this day, along with his playing. For the longest time I attributed his tone to that amp - until I found out that prior to using Dumble he was a Mesa user (Mark I or II or both, not sure). His solo on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" was done using a dimed Fender Tweed Deluxe. Now he often uses a Bludotone on the road. The point is that while there are certain differences in the sound, there are more consistencies and similarities - it all sounds like Carlton, regardless of the amp.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that while I am awed by the Dumble, I realize that it's the player that makes the biggest difference; that "tone is in your fingers" thing is really true. Play the hell out of what you have, I guess.
 
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That Overdrive Deluxe is amazing. If Fender had done the mods, they would have sold a zillion of them.

HAD's circuits are legendary for good reason. Try not to forget to practice.
 

guitarjazz

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I don't know much about Dumbles, don't even care to know since they are completely out of my reach.

Anyway, I usually take amp demos on Youtube with a grain of salt, just because most camera mics suck and Youtube compresses the hell out of the audio so it's not a real representation; however, sometimes amps still sound good.

I ran across this tonight somehow and just let it play while I was doing something else and I'm glad I did. Kind of noodley in the beginning but I like it around 2:20 where he starts playing with the trem. Really sweet tones coming out of that thing.


Maybe it's because that a lower wattage Dumble but there's so much compression it sounds like a Rockman.
 

neastguy

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its youtube so I'm taking w/ a grain of salt.. but sounds really compressed to me.. not trying to troll on this clip but is it the controlled feedback that is the wow factor or the tone?
 

MSS

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Remember that with the Lerche vid, great player and really good micing technique(and mics) equal great tones!! I love that one too and anyone would love to have an amp that made those tones.
 

JunkGear

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its youtube so I'm taking w/ a grain of salt.. but sounds really compressed to me.. not trying to troll on this clip but is it the controlled feedback that is the wow factor or the tone?
It's the tone. Like anything, some love it and some don't. These amps have a way of being quite dynamic while still having a compressed singing lead sound. Adding a Dumbleator made it sound even thicker and rounder. No idea if this one had it or not.
 

neastguy

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It's the tone. Like anything, some love it and some don't. These amps have a way of being quite dynamic while still having a compressed singing lead sound. Adding a Dumbleator made it sound even thicker and rounder. No idea if this one had it or not.
ah.. the tone.. yep I guess your either with it or not.. just like anything.. I feel like my budda sd18 I have can do that exact type of thing.. I'm going to post a clip soon.. as soon as I get over this head freaking cold and some time :)
 

MSS

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Hey Jerry, the Classic Squared sounds surreal! Helps when someone demos that can actually play.
 

guitarjazz

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Speaking of Dumbles and Rockman, I loved the story in Tonequest about the dude with the Rod Stewart gig who got his stereo Dumble rig of death together and ended up playing through a Rockman on the tour LOL.
 

jerrydyer

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Jeff Beck? way back in late 80's.. yeah that rockman sounded so good on People get ready he just kept using it.
 






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