Guitar sound in Chris Isaac's Wicked Game

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  1. Rick Towne

    Rick Towne Praise & Western Silver Supporting Member

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    James came to one of our TDPRI SoCal jams a few years ago, along with Greg V and Jesse Harris, and, of course, we ran through that song. James did that song with a Strat, Silverface Twin and delay. Great tone and touch and sense of humor. A pretty neat vintage car as well.
     
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  2. burningyen

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    One of my favorite pop music guitar tracks.
     
  3. Twangmeister

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    I'll see if I can get Jimmy to post here (if he's not already a member). His style and sound are part and parcel of who he is and how he plays. If you sat in a room and heard him play you'd recognize "that sound" in an instant. They may have enhanced it sonically for the album, but you wouldn't miss those enhancements if you heard it live.
     
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    Great thread guys and hands on info.
     
  5. Terry Hayes

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    Yes! I always enjoy it when Mark Knopfler goes into "Hank Marvin mode".
     
  6. boldaslove1977

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    he made it sound like once wilsey gave in and used the bar... he took the idea and ran with it...

    that would be very cool!
     
  7. Lex Luthier

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    Wicked Game caught me ear back then and I still love the song and Jimmy's playing. I still have the 45 somewhere which had the instrumental version of Wicked Game on the B side.

    Here Jimmy talks about the Line 6 stuff he used on ElDorado (great album!).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Bo3VIqH0A
     
  8. Greg V.

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    IMO, the intro hook (and all electric parts) in Wicked Game is one of the all-time most exquisite, lonesome and passionate performances I've ever heard. Such mood, atmosphere and beauty..... makes me glad I have ears.
     
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    He used to post on the Line 6 forum and if I recall correctly I remember him saying it was a strat and twin reverb.
     
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    This song kind of has that vibe too, if you could put a name to it.
    Reverb, Echo, and slow easy hand on the bar for that modulated delay sort of feel.

     
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    I informed Jimmy that he was a "person of interest" here on TGP, so he may eventually "chime" in with both his Strat and his equally razor-sharp, dry wit.
     
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    ^ word, that makes sense. Wilsey is a monster, loved the solo joint.


    re : Wilsey chiming in : that'd be, uh, wicked!
     
  14. James Wilsey

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    Hey, all thanks- I've been a member here for a while but I don't post much.

    I used my normal live stuff I used at the time, a silver face twin, and a Roland 8 bit digital delay (SDE 3000). And a little volume pedal. A little reverb in the amp. Guitar was a stock '62 RI strat.

    As usual I recorded the part a bit dryer, and we'd add a little delay and reverb later to fit the mix. And as usual, I'd do a few takes and we'd comp it together into the finished track to get the best results. The delay on the mix was an Eventide H3000 (?) with some stereo spread but it's fairly subtle. 97% of the Mix article is wrong.

    Pretty much any clean fender amp and a stock strat and a delay can make that sound, it's not a big deal.

    This was from the time the song came out, and is a rented amp guitar and delay I was furnished a couple of hours before, worked just fine. Of course a it's one shot tv mix here, and this wasn't out real band:



    Anyway, thanks again and cheers-

    Jimmy W.

    This is hilarious. He has quite a sense of humor. If he tells you this story again, ask him to play it for you (for the lulz). The real story is almost exactly the opposite.
     
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    ^ that sounds more logical to me. So the Strat on the record is a reissue rather than an original '62?


    That Letterman performance is fantastic! Wicked cohesiveness. Isaak is a hell of a singer, and I'm pretty jealous of his L5 too


    Edit : also, those suits @#$%ing rock
     
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  16. James Wilsey

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    Yeah, I had a '66 i got for 200 bucks that I used, and then I got some help from Fender to get a pair of white 62RI's to take on the road and leave my 'good guitar' at home. When we started working on that album I did an A/B test between the old guitar and the new ones on tape. The new ones sounded way better, probably because the frets weren't worn off.
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    Yeah, whatever Chris is playing here was rented too. We had to fly in during a road trip and couldn't bring our stuff on the plane, it was in transit somewhere.

    And we would have had to carry it around NYC, and that stuff is seriously heavy.

    And thanks Jere for the heads up. If you guys ever want to hear your guitars sound great have Jere come over and play them for you. I never knew my guitars knew how to to do all of that stuff when he played them. Turns out my guitars are much more talented than I thought they were.
     
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  17. Gotham City Blues

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    Jimmy, any idea when a new release will see the light of day? I need a Wilsey fix! El Dorado is just incredible! :phones
     
  18. monty

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    One of my favorite guitar sounds ever.
     
  19. James Wilsey

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    Thanks- I'm farting around and recoding some stuff now. Not sure what it'll be at this point, that's the hardest part. I'm leaning toward some hardcore easy listing muzak type stuff, I'd like to corner the elevator market.

    Thanks all again-

    jw

    And since this is the famous Gear Page, here's a pic of the rig I use in the kitchen while I'm making grilled cheese sandwiches and Cambpell's tomato soup. It's a '69 Fender Quad Reverb (w/ 4-12's), an old 8 bit Roland SDE 1000 delay and some Fender tuner thing. The guitar is my silver metal flake Strat with matching headstock, one of the very first Custom Shop guitars built years before they made production models. Hand built by Jay Black, but other than the paint, it's a stock strat. The original silver color is turning a rich snot green from the lacquer aging.

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  20. Gotham City Blues

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    Thanks Jimmy. Elevators and dental offices of the world anticipate your follow-up!
     

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