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Last picture that I saw, he had a bunch of MXR on it.

La Machine, Mini-Jimi FF, custom Dunlop Wah
 

PurpleJesus

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I'd always heard his signal chain was Epi Casino - Wah - Octafuzz - amp.
 

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I saw a video where he used the black cat superfuzz instead of the octafuzz :D i'm not sure what's his latest though.
 
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On a slightly different note...how the hell does he control the feedback from his Casino? I own one and it's a bloody beautiful guitar, but completely uncontrollable at stage volumes. And that's without using enough fuzz to kill a horse!

Horses hate fuzz...
 

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I think he's also using a strat lately too. Hopefully not abandoning the Casino though.
 

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Watch his recent Austin City Limits performance. It's the Casino on the bridge pickup into an Octafuzz. Tone is unmistakeable. How he controls the feedback on that thing.....I have no idea, but I'm glad he can do it :). Blues needs as many modern players as possible while we wait for Quinn Sullivan to get a little older.

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So, I actually went back and watched it bc I was curious about the lack of feedback. As always, it's superior technique. His Casino has a trapeze bridge. He plants his picking hand on the trapeze just behind the saddles and doesn't move it off unless he hits a sustaining chord. When he was doing solo single note stuff he kept his left thumb perma-wrapped over the low-E and A strings. Not a ton of volume control tricks, mostly just pick attack to control gain and I didn't see him move off the bridge pickup once in the first two songs.
 

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Posted this in another GC thread a while back but it always stands true:

It trips me out every time i see his name anywhere. When he was 20, my old band would play with him every Wednesday at a little club in Austin called Agave. This was when he was performing as a one man band (guitar, harmonica, vocals and kick drum and hi hat with his feet). We were a pretty crappy Sublime-esque band but he loved us for some reason. We'd buy him drinks since he was underage and for years after that we would all hang out. Some of the best memories are at his house in the early morning hours and he would show us the hip hop beats he was recording and we'd all take turns rapping over them.... man i wish i still had those recordings. haha
 

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Posted this in another GC thread a while back but it always stands true:

It trips me out every time i see his name anywhere. When he was 20, my old band would play with him every Wednesday at a little club in Austin called Agave. This was when he was performing as a one man band (guitar, harmonica, vocals and kick drum and hi hat with his feet). We were a pretty crappy Sublime-esque band but he loved us for some reason. We'd buy him drinks since he was underage and for years after that we would all hang out. Some of the best memories are at his house in the early morning hours and he would show us the hip hop beats he was recording and we'd all take turns rapping over them.... man i wish i still had those recordings. haha
Awesome!
 

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Posted this in another GC thread a while back but it always stands true:

It trips me out every time i see his name anywhere. When he was 20, my old band would play with him every Wednesday at a little club in Austin called Agave. This was when he was performing as a one man band (guitar, harmonica, vocals and kick drum and hi hat with his feet). We were a pretty crappy Sublime-esque band but he loved us for some reason. We'd buy him drinks since he was underage and for years after that we would all hang out. Some of the best memories are at his house in the early morning hours and he would show us the hip hop beats he was recording and we'd all take turns rapping over them.... man i wish i still had those recordings. haha
That's cool, man. What was he using for making the beats? Maybe he's gonna come out with a hip-hop album too :). Honestly, I've always been surprised (outside of The Roots) that more rappers didn't use bands, especially funk bands. That was a massive part of Dr. Dre's G-funk sound, sampled 70s funk lines. Doesn't get much better than "Let me Ride". Hell, the entire Chronic album is just amazing a lot of old funk samples. Also, for years my friends I talked about the "Death Row instrument" that's featured on most tracks.....figured out about 5 years ago it was a Moog synthesizer. Especially funny since we were a bunch of white boy teenagers from Asheville and didn't even realize the influence our town (Mr. Moog) had on our favorite rappers.
 

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That's cool, man. What was he using for making the beats? Maybe he's gonna come out with a hip-hop album too :). Honestly, I've always been surprised (outside of The Roots) that more rappers didn't use bands, especially funk bands. That was a massive part of Dr. Dre's G-funk sound, sampled 70s funk lines. Doesn't get much better than "Let me Ride". Hell, the entire Chronic album is just amazing a lot of old funk samples. Also, for years my friends I talked about the "Death Row instrument" that's featured on most tracks.....figured out about 5 years ago it was a Moog synthesizer. Especially funny since we were a bunch of white boy teenagers from Asheville and didn't even realize the influence our town (Mr. Moog) had on our favorite rappers.
Dre had live musicians recreate the parts, rather than sampling them, from what I understand. That way, he only paid for the rights to the songs, not the original recordings.
 

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That's cool, man. What was he using for making the beats? Maybe he's gonna come out with a hip-hop album too :). Honestly, I've always been surprised (outside of The Roots) that more rappers didn't use bands, especially funk bands. That was a massive part of Dr. Dre's G-funk sound, sampled 70s funk lines. Doesn't get much better than "Let me Ride". Hell, the entire Chronic album is just amazing a lot of old funk samples. Also, for years my friends I talked about the "Death Row instrument" that's featured on most tracks.....figured out about 5 years ago it was a Moog synthesizer. Especially funny since we were a bunch of white boy teenagers from Asheville and didn't even realize the influence our town (Mr. Moog) had on our favorite rappers.
He always showed us the finished product so not sure what equipment he was using but it was obviously very musical hip hop, very organic... kinda reminded me of Common if Common could actually rap and sing, haha. It was really really good stuff actually and we always told him to put it out and he said he would one day but not without the right record deal... he did the same thing with his blues stuff.... turned down countless offers over YEARS until he got exactly what he wanted. He was really smart and patient in that way.
 

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Posted this in another GC thread a while back but it always stands true:

It trips me out every time i see his name anywhere. When he was 20, my old band would play with him every Wednesday at a little club in Austin called Agave. This was when he was performing as a one man band (guitar, harmonica, vocals and kick drum and hi hat with his feet). We were a pretty crappy Sublime-esque band but he loved us for some reason. We'd buy him drinks since he was underage and for years after that we would all hang out. Some of the best memories are at his house in the early morning hours and he would show us the hip hop beats he was recording and we'd all take turns rapping over them.... man i wish i still had those recordings. haha

On another thread (Doom Bloom) you posted a clip and mentioned
that you had only been playing for 8 months? :dunno

Were you playing some other instrument in that band back then? :huh
 

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On another thread (Doom Bloom) you posted a clip and mentioned
that you had only been playing for 8 months? :dunno

Were you playing some other instrument in that band back then? :huh
Yeah I was the DJ in that band (samples, scratching, drinking, etc).

I played piano for a few years as a kid, bass for a year in high school, DJ in that band for 8 years, made hip hop beats using samplers, and put out two hip hop albums where I rapped.

...but yes, 8 or 9 months playing guitar now
 
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On a slightly different note...how the hell does he control the feedback from his Casino? I own one and it's a bloody beautiful guitar, but completely uncontrollable at stage volumes. And that's without using enough fuzz to kill a horse!

Horses hate fuzz...


When I play in the barn, loudly, with fuzz my horse relaxes and even foes to sleep.

Maybe it's only bad fuzz boxes they don't care for.
 




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