guitars on "Band on the Run" album??

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  1. JimmyR

    JimmyR Member

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    I've been listening to Band on the Run a bit lately and just love some of the guitar sounds on it. Does anyone know what Denny or Paul used for the electric parts of Band on the Run or Let Me Roll It? It almost sounds like a treble booster was used maybe into a Vox?

    Also, some of the parts sound like the guitar had a wammy bar of some sort, prob Bigsby.

    Any clues would be gratefully accepted! I know the albumart-work showed a Tele but it doesn't sound particularly Tele-like.
     
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    Paul, Denny, and (to some extent) Linda did that album on their own (Paul played drums!). I have no idea what Denny brought in as far as guitars and amps, but Paul has always been one to stick with pretty much the same stuff he had as a Beatle.
    He's got the Tele (Esquire?), the Epiphone Casino (which has a Bigsby, I believe), and at the time, his old Rick bass. Not sure if he'd abandoned the Hofner at this time or not.
     
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    I remember seeing live concert footage from that era and an SG was used on "Band on the Run"
     
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    On that album, you can pretty much expect to hear a Casino, an Esquire, or an SG.

    As for the bass, it's either the RIckenbacker 4001, or one of two FEnder Jazz basses. These 3 basses were present throughout recording, and were all used at one point or another.
     
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    Wait for Henry the Horse to pop up.

    This was recorded at the then EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria - I'm not sure how much personal gear was shipped over there.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    There's a Dan Armstrong in there too.
     
  7. JimmyR

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    Yeah I just went and dug up my vinyl copy to look at the pics again and spotted a Casino with a bigsby style trem - may not be an actual Bigsby but would be enough for the wiggle you hear. I saw the plexi Armstrong too, but I suspect it's the Casino with a treble booster or something that I am liking so much. It's a very Beatles kinda tone. Lovely!
     
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    Off topic, but I love the guitar sounds on Uncle Albert, too.
     
  9. Redfish

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    I always thought it was an SG. I know he used it live a lot back then.
     
  10. SGNick

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    Parts of the album were also recorded in Ginger Bakers South Africa home studio
     
  11. JamminJeff

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    The one thing us wayward tone junkies often overlook is the studio, the mics, the mic pres, the consoles, analog tape, the pre/post outboard eq, compression, tubes, the engineer, the engineers ears, the high end monitors, etc. The signal chain had many links back then.

    Rarely if ever does the "sound in the room" get translated to tape or disc. (This is definately one of the goals however). There does appear to be a high degree of authenticity to the BOTR album but trying to duplicate sound from that many years ago is a tall order. The talent is another matter altogther.

    Even from day to day, the ability to capture the same sounds in a studio is a challenge, track sheet or not. Humidity on a mic capsule does weird things for one example. Heck, even the voltage ratings and source conditions in the UK, Africa, etc. and the related equipment impart different tonal qualities.

    Tone. The bane of my existence.

    A noble goal but still a tall order. Fun to try though !
     
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  12. HelloKittyHawk!

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    Did Denny use an SG? Jimmy McCullough certainly used one a lot, but that was post Band on the Run. I find it hard to picture Denny without that Ibanez Artwood Twin, however sparingly he actually used it.

    I don't have any of my albums handy, but I seem to recall Laine with a Thinline Tele-maybe even in the photos included in the BotR deluxe reissue box.

    No matter, SGNick has got the pertinent info.
     

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