How to sound like the Grateful Dead using guitar gear

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  1. ShyBoyz

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    That has to be one of the dumbest articles I've ever read.
     
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    That was a pretty terrible article.
     
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    Is this a joke?
     
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    Ask your doctor if lobotomy is for you.
    Was there a point to it?
     
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    The sadness....
     
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    Some jack wagon has a hard-on for JM... awful article.
     
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    To my comment? Or to the article?

    :crazy :bonk
     
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    The article may have some flaws in grammar and composition, but it offers good, practical advice. What was so bad about it?
     
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    Yep. A Martin John Mayer signature acoustic, Fender VibroKing and a Strymon Mobius will totally make me sound like Jerry.
     
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    A strat and twin for my money.
     
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    I spend most of my time trying to figure out how to NOT sound like the Grateful Dead.
     
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    LOL. I love pedals that make my guitar sound different than before. And who knew acoustic guitars were so good for that weird country sound.
     
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    "Despite his younger age, many agree that he is better than Jerry ever was"

    What a joke, this guy deserves to get stoned to death
     
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    You may have disliked the article or disagreed with some of its messages, but is that really a reason to wish death on someone?
     
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    Let me guess--you wrote that turd?
    a $4,000 acoustic guitar is a moderately priced guitar for a beginner?
    Not to mention Europe '72 is an electric album, so sure, a $4,000 acoustic should nail it.
    :drown
     
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    This whole thing is just another dopey advertising campaign.
     
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    Out of curiosity, I just watched one of your videos and please forgive me if I'm wrong - but I'm under the distinct impression you gentlemen might be trolling.

    If you're NOT trolling, here's why I think the article (did you write it, btw?) about how to sound like Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead is, errhh, ...how to put this politely... somewhat *unqualified* and lacking in substance :

    For starters, certainly not *everybody* who ever listened to Europe '72 aspired to play or sound like the Dead, some may have while others maybe didn't like the record very much at all (I'm not one of those). And I'm sure many players were inspired by it without necessarily aiming to sound like that. Claiming that many agree John Mayer - of whom I'm a big fan - is "better" (whatever the f*** that means) - is quite a stretch too, no?

    But this is just semantics and opinion, no biggie.

    But then you go on to recommend "a nice, sturdy guitar" like the Martin O-28 Marquis as a "great, moderately priced guitar for a beginner who wants to learn how to play like the Grateful Dead or John Mayer" at the hard-to-resist bargain price of just under 4.000$. The implication, that one would need to buy one of these - admittedly exquisite - guitars to sound like Jerry or John Mayer is - for lack of a better word - dumb. And, again, if you're not trolling, you're on crack, lay down the pipe, man. That stuff is bad for you.

    So. You then recommed a Custom Vibro-King 20th Anniversary Edition (not *Addition* btw.) Which actually is a very cool amp and would indeed be good for getting those *loud* and *clean* Jerry tones of the seventies, but you then again go and ruin it by claiming that "at just under 4.000 $, it's hard to resist"

    ...and, finally, you correctly point out that Jerry often used an envelope-filter for some of his unique leads. A Mu-Tron, in fact. But then you write this:

    "The Grateful Dead are known to plug there guitars into pedals to achieve some of the sounds they use. Jerry would use an envelope filter to make his guitar sound weird and different than how it sounded before. So why not get one to sound like him (and John Mayer)? Maybe buy this Strymon Moebiuspedal. For $600 its a great deal, which would probabyl make you sound like Jerry, Bob Weir and John Mayer too! It feature the phaser, flanger and other sounds in the box."

    There's no envelope filter in the Moebius. Goddamit.

    Are you at all familiar with the equipment and the music and the bands you write about?

    I should probably quit here.:facepalm

    tl,dr:OP is talking out of his a$$
     
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    The author of the article was evidently trying to be funny - it didn't work...
     
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    Dear ShyBoyz,

    I have a red guitar and a white amp, will this help me achieve a nice clean Jerry Garcia Rhythm tone or do i need to invest in a black amp?
     

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