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  1. HarryJ

    HarryJ Member

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    Hey guys,
    About a month ago I had a nasty interaction with a very sharp chef's knife.
    Ended up cutting off all the layers of skin from the tip of my 1st finger of my left hand.
    I was told it would take 2 months to heal. Be very careful!

    I found however, that I am able to play now with just a few Band-Aids and medical tape on the tip... So after 1 month of not playing, I threw this together today... was kinna building up a bit :)

    I had initially intended this track to demo Dimarzio's new True Velvet low peak single coils, as well as Alf Hermida's speaker cabinet.
    I have to say that the tone in the room was nothing like the recorded tone. My mic technique totally sucked... Sounded great in the headphones as I was recording... some sort of hollow phase tone in there.
    So I did what I usually do... turn up the reverb :)

    This is my Warmoth swamp ash/maple strat with the T.V. pickups, into my intensely modded Bassman, into the Hermida cab. I used a Sennheiser 609 slightly of the center of the cone. I then used a MXL condenser mic in front of the lower port of the cabinet. I used a touch of Tone Press compressor mixed down with the blend function to push the bassman a bit. I set the power scaling so I could push the amp without drawing blood... was enough of that with the finger.

    Anyway, here it is.
    I will try to record something that captures the true tone better.
    I have to say the True Velvets are absolutely killin'! As is Alf's closed back ported cabinet (with Celestion 65)

    http://harryj.net/velvet.mp3

    Harry Jacobson
    www.harryj.net
     
  2. rhp52

    rhp52 Supporting Member

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    Nice Harry! Sorry to hear about your finger, that sounded like it could've been worse.

    I have Alf's cabinet as well loaded with an EVM12L.....sounds killer
     
  3. jb70

    jb70 Supporting Member

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    hey harry,
    glad to see you back and sorry about your encounter with the chef's knife. it definitely doesn't sound like you haven't been playing! i love your phrasing and the way you use the whammy bar. you really make that axe sing and cry. thanks for posting buddy!

    jack
     
  4. Lucidology

    Lucidology Member

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    Beautiful Harry .... just beautiful ..

    There's a real sadness in this take.. Your vibrato just weeps
    & all combined with incredible (let me say it again ...) incredible playing ...

    So sorry about the knife incident... that must have been very, very scary ...
     
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    jimfog Senior Member

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    So, what we've learned here is that Harry plays better with fingers missing than most of do, fully endowed.

    Bastard!!!!
     
  6. Woodyworld

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    Beautiful!

    Cringing while reading that Knife incident.
     
  7. yZe

    yZe Senior Member

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    VEry cool bar work

    Love the playing, Harry - and it does not sound to me like you are in any mode of damage control whatsoever

    The tone is awesome, too

    Nice motives

    that's cool you got PS installed in a bassman

    I'll be adding VVR to my mojave
     
  8. John Czajkowski

    John Czajkowski Member

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    Ok Harry,

    How did you do the finger mod again? I'm going to try it after the gig tomorrow night to see if it helps me get that tone, phrasing, articulation, note choice and vibe. Which one do you recommend I start with?

    :dude
     
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    Harry thats some very bendy playing...... great whammy bar control. :AOK Sorry to hear about your digit but don,t worry a similar thing happend to me once but with a scalpel (cutting out lighting gel in a hurry !!!) the same day I got a Gibson SG..:jo its amazing how quickly the body heals.
     
  10. Ed Alvarado

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    Harry,
    Glad to hear that your finger is getting better, you sure wouldn't know it wasn't 100% listening to your stellar playing. Nothing worse that a dull chef's knife, but they don't discriminate.
     
  11. HarryJ

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    Thx for the warmth guys :)
    I was about 1/16" from major damage... was very scary actually. took a little over 4 hours to stop bleeding.
    I will not use a non cerated knife again... they can slip much easier.

    It feels great to play again.

    I was very concerned that it wouldn't heal in time for a gig I'm doing on May 10th with Chris Cain in southern NJ. The tape on my 1st finger doesn't seem to affect the tone... just looks kinna odd :)

    HJ
     
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    Man, that's a musician's worst nightmare. Just goes to show you can't keep a good man down. Hauntingly beautiful, soulfull playing. Harry's back folks.
     
  13. HarryJ

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    Great tone and playing!
     
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    Excellent playing!
    Wish I could be at that gig with Chris Cain and you.

    Jim
     
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    Nice comments! LOL!
    [edit: a few minutes ago all the text in each comment had dissappeared...???]

    Sweet Harry-never know you'd a hurt yer finger! - i wanna try 'em!

    JF
     
  17. Carl_Tone

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    Yo...

    pretty new here...I have listened to a bunch of member clips...but man...you have got some enviable tone / chops / technique.

    VERY cool.

    Thanks for posting it.

    Can you go a little into the axe / amp / effects details?

    Also is that a BT that is purchaseable somewhere?

    Thanks!


    Greg Watts
     
  18. decay-o-caster

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    Wow, and YIKES about the finger!! Love the slinkiness and the microtones - you really honor the whole range of your bends and whams. And that long sustain? Damn!
     
  19. Mondoslug

    Mondoslug Supporting Member

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    Yeah Harry...great touch & tone man.

    Be careful!!!
     
  20. HarryJ

    HarryJ Member

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    Hey thx Greg :)

    Copied from my site:

    '66 Fender Bassman in custom made 1X12" Tweed combo cabinet with Celestion G12H-80
    This amp started out life as a black faced amp head.
    Modded by: Chandler Amps
    Mods included:
    • Amp converted to a hybrid of the AA864 and AB165 designs (I believe this is referred to as the Allen mod)
    • channel 1 is voiced like a tweed bassman/JTM45 marshall
    • channel 2 has the sweet yet chimey tone that IS the "black face" Fender sound.
    • A mid tone control was added to channel 1
    • A presence switch was added to both channels.
    The cabinet was made by Ken Freeman I very highly recommend both his excellent craftsmanship and professional service.
    Update: Seems to no longer be building cabinets

    Purists go nuts when they see all these mods, but each one made this amp sweeter in one way or another IMHO

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    Audio Clip
    : JTM 45 voiced channel 1,with mid boost, EL84's Godin semi hollow Flat 5
    Audio Clip : Black face voiced channel 2, EL84's with Lacewood Strat


    The guitar is a med weight swamp ash body with 1 piece maple neck
    Wilkinson vintage "trem", Dimarzio True Velvet pickups

    Only used the Tone Press before the amp on this track, I then added 'verb and delay in the mix


    Can't remember where I found this BT, I hope it is OK to post
    http://harryj.net/Cmjazzblues.mp3
     

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