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Inexpensive Billy Gibbons rig showdown

shwn

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I remember seeing in some guitar magazines showing expensive and inexpensive guitar rigs of certain players, but I never seen one for the Rev!
Let me hear what everyone could do on a budget of under $600 bucks and one under $1000!
Ready, set, GO!


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TresGatos

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Squier Classic Vibe Tele.
a. remove pickguard.
b.remove neck pickup
c. replace bridge pickup with Duncan lil 59
d. plug into Fender G-Dec Fifteen modeling amp.

You are done. Under $600. La Grange forever!


 

crhfish

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I found this early silver face in a pawn shop a few months ago for $50.



and matched with this Halifax (Ibanez) LP copy with super 70's, also $50



You can get a pretty good early ZZTop sound. Got to crank it up though.
 

xjojox

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Billy's classic tones were often vintage fender tweeds. He's also used marshalls and lots of other things.

On a budget? Used Marshall JMP1 preamp, cheap power amp, speaker. Get a midi switcher next year, you can find one edgy tone and go with it.
If you need to throw in a guitar, find a beat up les paul studio faded, and if that's too rich an epi.
 

jo2012

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Epiphone Les Paul-$400
Fender Champion 600- $170
Rev Willy's 7 gauge strings- $6
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$576
 

smolder

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A tweed champ and nearly any guitar (but a squire tele works great)
 

willie k

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Squier Classic Vibe Tele.
a. remove pickguard.
b.remove neck pickup
c. replace bridge pickup with Duncan lil 59
d. plug into Fender G-Dec Fifteen modeling amp.

You are done. Under $600. La Grange forever!


You forgot the emergency cigarette in the cable route
 

webe123

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At first I thought this thread was about Billy Gibbons getting rid of his vintage stuff and using a cheap setup of some kind! LOL!
 

crhfish

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He is rumored to have used Rockmans on Afterburner and others. It was not always vintage gear.
 

sahhas

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do they make cheap versions of the billy-bo guitar? i was not aware of it? ha!
 

fjblair

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I found this early silver face in a pawn shop a few months ago for $50.



You can get a pretty good early ZZTop sound. Got to crank it up though.
That is the mythical pawn shop steal, can't believe that would happen today.

Congratulations.
 

wattage

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Hmm....

Epi LP Studio>Tube Screamer>Crate Vintage Club 20w combo should be enough left for a Duncan CC pickup and wire with a treble bleed. If you're smart and buying used should be a $600 rig easy


Epi LP Standard>TS>Expandora>Alamo Challenger - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1965-USA-Alamo-Challenger-Tube-Amplifier-6V6-5Y3-12AX7-American-Made-/161069786593?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item258081e5e1 plus a set of Pearly Gates pickups. Should be very attainable in the $1000 range. Might even have enough left for a used cheapo Tele with a Duncan QP if you're thrifty.

And of course you do need a funky chapeau of some sorts, maybe a weirdo shower cap and a thin glass slide
 

crhfish

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That is the mythical pawn shop steal, can't believe that would happen today.

Congratulations.
Not only was it $50, but the electrical cord still had what I think was an original rubber band around it and it was folded just like it was brand new. The rubber band was hard and brittle and I had to break it to plug it in.
 

shwn

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Thanks for all the replies!
I'm surprised about seeing the teles... I thought he used Pearly on everything in the studio... I know he used a hardtail strat on one album and an SG on La Futura, but I thought it was Pearly for everything else...
And the Eliminator tone was very processed... Im not looking for that tone...

Anyone have a definitive Studio setup for Rev Willy? Especially the Tres Hombres era...
 

LanEvo

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Based on everything I've read, his custom Teles run a Gibson scale length. And they've got humbuckers. So, you're probably not going to nail the tone you're after from an off-the-shelf Tele. Then again, he plays a million guitars and sounds great on all of them.

In my experience a Gibson-scale guitar with low-output humbucker or P90 in the bridge position through a relatively low-gain amp is the key. You can get the right tone from a small Class A amp (e.g., Fender Champ, Gibson GA-5 Skylark, Alamo Capri) or any number of Bassman/JTM-45 clones. Kick in an OD/boost pedal to add some bite to the single-note stuff.

To get the crazy, squealing pinch harmonics he's famous for, look no further than the Bixonic Expandora v.1.
 

shwn

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Man, I want an Expandora just to put it thru its paces! I did read that his custom tele shapes are Gibson scale length... I might pick up a cheap Tele shape and mod it for fun...
Cant forget the 7 and 8 gauge strings, too!
 






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