Eric Johnson tone on Minstrel Gigolo

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  1. nicebreakup

    nicebreakup Member

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    So I recently discovered this Christopher Cross tune which EJ plays the solo. Anyone have a guess as to what he was playing? I was thinking a Fuzz Face but I know he was starting to use Boogies around then too.
     
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    Could've been a Mesa MKI, but I think I may have heard that he used one of Cristopher Cross's Dumbles on that one? I know it wasn't long after that period that HAD built him his own SSS and the rest is history.
     
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    Wow, just looked it up on YouTube and that's probably the best straight tone I've heard from him. He relies too often on delay and reverb. Just some overdriven amp. Perhaps a Dumble.
     
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    it's the first thing i ever heard ej do and it instantly made him one of my favorite players.
    what a beautiful, tasteful, technically flawless and melodic solo.
     
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    I agree! A bass player friend who lived in Austin around 1974 played me a tape of him jamming with EJ around that time. Just an old 335 straight into Marshall. I don't don't he's ever sounded any better than that. Kind of like the best Eric Clapton tone with the finesse of Al Dimieola.
     
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    I can remember at the time people saying that a Dumble, owned by Jackson Browne, was used for all the guitar on that album. The whole album is filled with great playing.
     
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    I wanna say that was SRV that used the JB Dumble on his first album? Could be wrong about that tho.
     
  8. nicebreakup

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    I hadn't heard that it might be a Dumble. Yes, all the guitar playing sounds great from Jay Graydon's solo on Say You'll be Mine to LC's on The Light Is On.
     
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    Some of the solos on the album were by Cross himself, who is no slouch on the geetar...

    Here's a link to a page where Wichita (Lance Keltner) references Cross's ownership of some Dumbles. To me, the tones on the album sound like they could be Dumbles.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=426580
     
  10. scienceguy

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    LC's tone on both tunes on the album sound identical to his tone on Strikes Twice, which was released a year later or so. He hadn't switched to a Dumble yet - still used a Mesa Mk I. I remember reading somewhere in an old GP mag that Cross sent the tape over to Carlton and he dubbed the solo in his own studio...
    Of course, I could be mistaken.
    After doing a little digging, here's an old interview, for your reading enjoyment:
    http://jasobrecht.com/eric-johnson-complete-1982-interview/
     
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    AFAIK, it was the 2 speaker output '69 metal panel 100w Marshall that he bought out of the 1981 flood at Strait Music co. with the "Buddy" burst.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I loved that album as a kid and MG is the perfect ending. Larry Carlton played on it too. Is it still available?
     
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    Sorry, you guys knew that LC played
     
  14. nicebreakup

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    Yeah that Christopher Cross 4 Dumble-rig sounds amazing! I wonder if he had the cash for that while he was recording this album though since this was his first in '79. Maybe it was Jackson Browne's Dumble.
     
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    The guitar played on that solo was a '59 Sunburst that I sold to Eric.
    Don't think it was the one in that pic unless the pickguard had been replaced. I bought the guitar in the 70's for $2500 and sold it to Eric a couple weeks later for $3500.
     
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    Brian isn't that funny how we can look back on selling things for those prices?
    I sold my Dumble for 10K....
    Yikes.
     

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